Skip to content Skip to main navigation
Teachers College, Columbia University
Printer-friendly Version
Teachers College, Columbia University Logo

Office of Accreditation and Assessment


Teachers College programs for the initial and advanced preparation of teachers at the master’s level, for the preparation of school counselors at the master’s level, for the preparation of school psychologists at the master’s and doctoral levels, and for the preparation of school building and district administrators at the master’s and doctoral levels are accredited by the Council for the Accreditaionof Educator Preparation (CAEP). However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P-12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

Launched in July 1, 2013 – a de facto consolidation of NCATE and TEAC -- CAEP is fully operational as sole accrediting body for educator preparation providers. CAEP stands on a strong foundation and rich history of accreditation in teacher and educator preparation. CAEP’s mission is to advance excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement in the effectiveness of preparation, so that P-12 students learn effectively. CAEP seeks to increase the value of accreditation and to increase participation by providers in the accreditation system, building on the decades of institutional knowledge of the sector’s previous accreditors, which agreed to form CAEP in order to advance the field of educator preparation. NCATE was founded in 1954 and TEAC was founded in 1997; both bodies are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CAEP is also recognized by CHEA and is pursuing recognition by the USDE.

CAEP’s more than 900 educator preparation providers will participate in the CAEP accreditation system. CAEP serves all providers previously accredited by, or currently seeking accreditation from, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). The scope of CAEP’s work is the accreditation of U.S. and international educator preparation programs at the certification/ licensure, bachelor’s, master’s, post-baccalaureate, and doctoral levels.

The U.S. Department of Education recognizes CAEP as a professional accrediting body for colleges and universities that prepare teachers and other professional personnel for work in elementary and secondary schools.

Teachers College has been accredited by NCATE since 2005. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for Spring 2020.

Internal Info

The following sites related to the accreditation and assessment processes are for use by TC staff. Contact Sasha Gribovskaya to request access or if you have any questions about these sites.

NYSED Regulations

Located in New York State, Teachers College adheres to regulations established by the New York State Education Department. NYSED oversees colleges, universities, and proprietary schools; is responsible for the certification of teachers and other school professionals; and oversees programs to improve teacher preparation and recruitment.