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ACTFL/CAEP Program Standards for the Preparation of World Language Teachers

CAEP is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council of Higher Education as the sole professional accrediting body for teacher preparation. CAEP advances excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning. Accreditation is a nongovernmental activity based on peer review that serves the dual functions of assuring quality and promoting improvement. More than 900 educator preparation providers will initially participate in the CAEP accreditation system, which serves all providers currently accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). Educator preparation providers include traditional institutions of higher education, as well as alternative pathways such as residency programs. CAEP determines which educator preparation programs meet rigorous national standards in preparing teachers and other classroom specialists. Functioning as the profession's quality control mechanism for teacher preparation, CAEP is a coalition of 34 national education organizations, which represents teachers, teacher educators, subject matter specialists, and policymakers.

Programs seeking national recognition through ACTFL/CAEP must use the 2013 Standards.

CAEP-approved teacher preparation program standards in world languages reflect the profession’s expectations for the specific knowledge, skills, and dispositions that world language teachers should have as they enter our classrooms. These standards will enable the profession to monitor the quality of language teachers being certified by institutions throughout the country. Information about the process that was used to develop the world language teacher preparation standards is contained in the proposal for the revision submitted in August 2013.

Examples of Successful ACTFL/CAEP Program Reports and Assessments

ACTFL/CAEP Standards as Proposed to CAEP in 2013

ACTFL, in conjunction with the Standards Collaborative, joined CAEP (at that time it was NCATE) as a member organization in 1998. Member organizations such as ACTFL represent millions of Americans who support rigorous, high quality teacher preparation.

For additional information about these standards or the review process, please contact Dr. Teresa Bell at

Appendices for 2013 ACTFL/CAEP Program Standards Proposal

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Standards for FL Executive Summary

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Alignment Common Core State Standards

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Alignment Framework 21st Century

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Research Supporting 2013 ACTFL/CAEP Standards

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ACTFL/CAEP Program Self-Assessment Table

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SASB Reviewer Rubric

Performance Descriptors card
ACTFL Performance Descriptors

The ACTFL Performance Descriptors for Language Learners are designed to describe language performance that is the result of explicit instruction in an instructional setting. These new Performance Descriptors reflect how language learners perform.