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Preconditions determine a sponsor's eligibility to apply to the Commission for approval of one or more educator preparation programs. Examples of preconditions include standards in areas such as accreditation and academic credit granted; responsibility and authority for the program; demonstration of need for the program; and limitation on program length, among others. Sponsors who want to offer accredited programs must provide a response to each precondition and include appropriate supporting evidence and/or documentation. Program sponsors must meet the applicable preconditions before the program application is reviewed against the Commission-adopted common standards and applicable program standards.
The accreditation system requires that when submitting a new credential program for Initial Program Review, an institution is required to respond to the 10 General Preconditions. However, because all currently approved institutions have already been deemed to have met the 10 General preconditions, only General Precondition 4 and 5 are unique to each newly proposed program and must be submitted with each new program proposal. Institutions must also respond to all relevant credential program specific preconditions.
Comprehensive Preconditions Document
This document contains the preconditions for all of the Commission's educator preparation programs.
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Preconditions are included within the Administrative Services Program Standards Document
Career Technical Education
Preconditions are included within the Special Education Program Standards Document
Multiple and Single Subject
Preconditions for Multiple and Single Subject Teacher Preparation Programs are includedwithin the standards document (2009)
Pupil Personnel Services
Preconditions are included within the Pupil Personnel Services Program Standards Document