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Committee on Accreditation
Accreditation Site Visits
The Commission on Teacher Credentialing conducts site visits every seven years to all approved educator preparation institutions. This page provides information to assist in the preparation for a site visit.
Contacting the CTC regarding accreditation
Please use the Accreditation@ctc.ca.gov email account when you are submitting documents for your upcoming site visit. These documents include the Preconditions Report and the Site Visit Documentation that is not available on your institution's web page.
Biennial Report documents and questions should be submitted to BiennialReports@ctc.ca.gov.
Program Assessment documents, questions and resubmissions should be submitted to ProgramAssessment@ctc.ca.gov.
Common Standards [MS Word]
All institutions must address the Common Standards (2008) for site visits beginning in 2008-09. This two page alignment chart identifies the new concepts in the Common Standards as compared with the prior Common Standards
Year Out Pre-Visits
Three webcasts designed to support institutions in preparing for 2011-12 accreditation site visits. Each session will address general information regarding preparing for the site visit but each session will be tailored to a specific type of institution. Register to attend one of the sessions
May 5, 2011 -- Joint CTC-NCATE visits
Mary 13, 2011 -- Very small institutions which offer only 1 or 2 educator preparation programs
May 23, 2011 -- All other CTC site visits
Letter sent to all institutions in the Red cohort [PDF]
This generic version of the letter sent at the end of March 2011 provides a wealth of information to support an institution in preparing for the accreditation site visit
- Preparing a Preconditions Document [MS Word]
Due 6-12 months prior to a site visit. This document provides guidance for institutions preparing a Preconditions Report.
Updated for 2010-11 site visits
- Sample Preconditions Report
Here are sample Preconditions Reports. The blue text in the CSU document were links in the report to the supporting documentation, but the links are disabled in the PDF. Please review the documents for the level of detail and the types of supporting documentation that is required to be submitted in a Preconditions Report. None of these samples has included the Matrix of Approved Programs, Current Enrollment and Completers.
• CSU sample [PDF] • Private Institution sample [PDF] • BTSA Induction sample [PDF]
- Adopted Preconditions for Educator Preparation in California [MS Word]
Requirements that all approved program sponsors must meet. Preconditions are based on either state law or Commission policy. This document is a compilation of all preconditions for all of the Commission's program areas.
PREPARING FOR A SITE VISIT
- Steps in Preparing for an Accreditation Site Visit [MS Word]
An overview of the main steps a program sponsor must complete in preparing for a CTC accreditation site visit.
- Program Sampling or Full Program Review: A Comparison [MS Word]
- Accreditation Site Visit Schedule
- Nuts and Bolts: Planning for an Accreditation Site Visit [MS PowerPoint]
Power Point from the October 29, 2008 presentation on planning for a CTC Accreditation Site Visit. The audio archive of this meeting is available here.
- Site Visit Documentation [MS Word]
A concise list of the documentation that needs to be provided to all team members a minimum of 60 days prior to the site visit.
NCATE Merged Visits
- California State Protocol [MS Word]
Approved October 2007
Effective January 1, 2008-December 31, 2014
- CTC-NCATE Crosswalk [MS Word]
This document displays the alignment of the Commission's Common Standards (2007) [PDF] with the NCATE Unit Standards (2006). California institutions working with NCATE may address the NCATE Unit standards for all Commission documents as long as the identified elements of the Commission's Common Standards are also addressed.
- Guidance for California Institutions regarding Joint NCATE-CTC Visits [MS Word]
For more information, please contact Teri Ackerman at email@example.com.