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ACTFL/CAEP

ACTFL/CAEP (formerly NCATE) Program Standards for the Preparation of Foreign Language Teachers

ACTFL/CAEP 2013 Standards have been approved!

Programs seeking national recognition through ACTFL/CAEP may use either the 2002 or the 2013 standards. In spring 2016 programs must use the 2013 standards. Programs that are submitting Revised Reports or Response to Conditions Reports should continue to use the same set of standards they addressed in their original report.

Appendices for 2013 ACTFL/CAEP Program Standards:

REVISED ACTFL/CAEP PROGRAM STANDARDS FOR THE PREPARATION OF FOREIGN LANGUAGE TEACHERS ARE AVAILABLE!

On December 13, 2013, CAEP’s State Partnerships and Content Areas Committee approved ACTFL’s revised ACTFL/CAEP Program Standards for the Preparation of Foreign Language Teachers. These standards are a revision of our formerly approved 2002 standards, and have been developed by a grass-roots effort over the last two years. We are grateful for the expertise of the Standards Revision Writing Team and members of the profession at large who have provided input and commentary through surveys and presentations at national and regional conferences.

Programs seeking national recognition through ACTFL/CAEP may use either the 2002 or the 2013 standards. In spring 2016 programs must use the 2013 standards. Programs that are submitting Revised Reports or Response to Conditions Reports should continue to use the same set of standards they addressed in their original report.

Additional documents to assist programs in preparing the ACTFL/CAEP program report will be available by late spring of 2014. These documents will offer step-by-step suggestions for how to write the report and present examples of the required key assessments. Revisit this site then to look for Guidelines for Preparing the ACTFL/CAEP Program Report. Guidelines and webinars to refresh reviewers will be announced for the spring 2014 as well.


The National Foreign Language Standards Collaborative, in conjunction with ACTFL, designed foreign language teacher preparation program standards that were approved by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) on October 19, 2002. This is the first set of foreign language program standards to have been developed by the profession and approved by NCATE. Beginning in 2004, foreign language teacher preparation programs undergoing CAEP review were required to base their program report submissions on the 2002 standards. In July 2013, NCATE became the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

This website provides access to the standards document, which includes the “Requirements for Programs of Foreign Language Teacher Preparation” and the revised standards, which were submitted August 2013. The site will also include instructions for “Preparing the ACTFL/CAEP Program Report,” using the new 2013 approved standards. A discussion of “Frequently Asked Questions” is also available. You will also find information for individuals who wish to be considered as ACTFL/CAEP program reviewers.

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.

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.

CAEP-approved teacher preparation program standards in foreign languages reflect the profession’s expectations for the specific knowledge, skills, and dispositions that foreign 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 foreign language teacher preparation standards is contained in the proposal for the revision submitted in August 2013. See above.

For additional information about these standards or the review process, please contact Judith Shrum, ACTFL/CAEP SPA Coordinator.