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What's New

  • Office of Administrative Law Approves Commission's Cost Recovery Plan for Some Accreditation Activities
    On September 27, 2013, the Commission approved a cost recovery plan for some accreditation activities and associated emergency regulations to implement this plan. The Commission received notice on October 23, 2013 that the Office of Administrative Law has approved the emergency regulations. As a result of this action, fees will be required beginning October 30, 2013 for initial institutional approval, new program proposals, late document submissions, revisits, and accreditation activities beyond the norm (such as documents that take more than three reviews to complete).

    Please note, there will be no charge at this time for regular biennial report submission and review, program assessment submission and review as long as the review process is completed within three reviews and within six months of the site visit, and the costs associated with site visits. A summary chart of the fee structure is now available.
    October 24, 2013

  • Accreditation 101
    This PowerPoint was presented at the 2013 Credential Counselors and Analysts of California conference in October 2013. It provides an overview of the Commission's accreditation system for educator preparation programs and is especially useful for individuals new to the accreditation system.
    October 12, 2013

  • Submitting a Proposal for an Educator Preparation Program in California [MS Word]
    When an institution (college, university, school district, county office of education or other entity) wants to offer one or more educator preparation programs to prepare candidates to teach or provide services in the California public schools, the institution needs to become approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Approval by the Commission is a multi-step process.
    February 9, 2010

  • Board of Institutional Reviewers (BIR)
    Education professionals who serve on accreditation site visit teams, participate in Program Assessment and review initial program proposals.
    May 5, 2009

  • National Professional Organization Accreditation: Alignment with the California Accreditation System
    Procedures for institutions to combine national accreditation with California's accreditation system
    July 29, 2008

Accreditation Activities

Information for all educator preparation programs to support implementation of the revised accreditation system.

Accreditation Email Account
There are specialized email accounts for institutions to submit documentation and questions related to the Commission's accreditation system.

Biennial Reports       Program Assessment       Site Visits

Information for Program Sponsors

Cohort Information

The Commission is currently in the process of strengthening and streamlining the accreditation system. As a result of this effort, cohort maps are being revised. If you have questions regarding accreditation activities for your institution, please contact Accreditation@ctc.ca.gov and your inquiry will be directed to the appropriate consultant to assist you.

Please note:
  • Biennial Reports are due from Blue (September 15, 2015) and Orange (November 15, 2015) institutions.
  • Program Assessment document from Yellow institutions are on hold until Fall 2016.
  • Site Visits for Blue will continue as scheduled for the 2015-16 academic year.

Approved Program List

List of all Approved Preparation Programs. The complete list may be viewed or a list may be generated for any of the types of preparation programs.

Updated October 28, 2015