Teacher Preparation

The Route to TEAC Approval

May 23, 2001 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

1. Teacher-preparation program(s) apply for eligibility. Programs must provide evidence of state approval and regional accreditation. They must also show that graduates meet licensure and other requirements for teaching in public and private pre-K-12 schools. In addition, participants must demonstrate a commitment to the evaluation process. If a program is accepted, additional paperwork and fees are submitted.

2. Faculty members submit one “inquiry brief” for each program to be audited. The brief, or research monograph, outlines program goals and documents how they have been fulfilled. The paper must also show how each of TEAC’s three basic standards have been met. The three principles include evidence of: student learning, the validity of the evaluation system, and efforts by the program to achieve continuous improvement and quality control. Faculty members must use multiple measures to outline compliance, such as student grades, standardized-test scores, and surveys of graduates’ employers.

3. A two-member auditing team—either a senior teacher-educator or a teacher-training administrator, a K-12 teacher or administrator, or a member of the business community with training in evaluations—visits the program for up to three days, examining the evidence provided to see if it is valid. Evaluators examine data and conduct interviews with faculty members, students, and employers, among other tasks.

4. An accreditation panel, made up of college administrators, association members, K- 12 administrators, consultants, and professors of education, meets and recommends a decision to the board of directors. Programs are awarded either “initial,” “continuing,” or “provisional” accreditation, are given preaccreditation status, or denied accreditation.

5. TEAC’s board of directors, which includes college presidents, teacher-preparation administrators, and a classroom teacher, acts on the panel’s recommendation, and then prepares documents for the institution outlining the decision.

6. Programs must accept or appeal the decision within 30 days.

A version of this article appeared in the May 23, 2001 edition of Education Week as The Route to TEAC Approval

Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Data Webinar
Education Insights with Actionable Data to Create More Personalized Engagement
The world has changed during this time of pandemic learning, and there is a new challenge faced in education regarding how we effectively utilize the data now available to educators and leaders. In this session
Content provided by Microsoft
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
School & District Management Webinar
Accelerate Learning with Project-Based Learning
Earlier this year, the George Lucas Educational Foundation released four new studies highlighting how project-based learning (PBL) helps accelerate student learning—across age groups, multiple disciplines, and different socio-economic statuses. With this year’s emphasis on unfinished
Content provided by SmartLab Learning
School & District Management Live Online Discussion Principal Overload: How to Manage Anxiety, Stress, and Tough Decisions
According to recent surveys, more than 40 percent of principals are considering leaving their jobs. With the pandemic, running a school building has become even more complicated, and principals' workloads continue to grow. If we

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Teacher Preparation First-Time Pass Rates on Teacher Licensure Exams Were Secret Until Now. See the Data
The National Council on Teacher Quality published first-time pass rate data on teacher licensing tests, which had been hidden for years.
8 min read
teacher 1276371740 stylized
Drazen Zigic/iStock/Getty
Teacher Preparation The Complicated, Divisive Work of Grading Teacher-Preparation Programs
As the two national accreditors for teacher-preparation programs evolve, the battle over market share heats up.
9 min read
Illustration of checkmark
Getty
Teacher Preparation Remote Learning Is Changing Schools. Teacher-Preparation Programs Have to Adjust
For schools to leverage lessons learned during the pandemic, new teachers need better training on how to work in online environments.
8 min read
A teacher tries to keep up with her technology training
Vanessa Solis/Education Week and iStock/Getty Images Plus
Teacher Preparation Opinion Far Too Many Educators Aren’t Prepared to Teach Black and Brown Students
Teacher-prep programs can help address that inadequacy, writes Sharif El-Mekki.
5 min read
A group of multicolored people stand together looking in both directions
Ada DaSilva/DigitalVision Vectors<br/>