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Program Review Services

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

Programs seeking national recognition through ACTFL/CAEP 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.

List of schools with programs accredited by ACTFL/CAEP: Nationally Recognized Programs (website)

ACTFL/CAEP Program Standards

Examples of Successful ACTFL/CAEP Program Reports and Assessments (PDFs)

ACTFL/CAEP Standards as Proposed to CAEP in 2013

Appendices for 2013 ACTFL/CAEP Program Standards Proposal (PDFs)

Additional Resources


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 Dr. Teresa Bell at tbell@byu.edu.