SDE: Educator Preparation Program Approval


{Teacher and three students in a classroom} The Bureau of Educator Standards and Certification has responsibility for reviewing, reporting, and enhancing the quality of educator preparation units and programs in Connecticut preparing candidates for state certification. Educator preparation program approval, or accreditation, is the process through which Connecticut public and private institutions of higher education, or other organizations, seek new program approval and continuing program approval to offer educator preparation programs leading to licensure.

Institutions or organizations seeking continuing approval for educator preparation programs must provide evidence that candidates possess the knowledge and skills described by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) performance standards, including national content-specific standards; the Connecticut Common Core of Teaching (CCT); Connecticut educator certification regulations; and Connecticut educator preparation regulations. In addition to state approval, programs seeking continuing approval may become an NCATE partner and seek NCATE approval. Institutions or organizations seeking approval for new programs must provide evidence that the proposed programs align with all NCATE and state regulation requirements.  

The Bureau of Educator Standards and Certification provides support, training, and technical assistance to Connecticut educator preparation programs seeking continuing and new program approval. All accreditation activity, including NCATE/state partnership accreditation visits, is coordinated through the CSDE Program Approval Coordinator, Dr. Katie Toohey, at 860-713-6733 or

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