Under the auspices of Senate Bills 148 (Bergeson, 1988) and 655 (Bergeson, 1993), the education community in California launched an initiative to create a professional accreditation and certification system that would contribute to excellence in California public education well into the 21st Century.

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the nation's oldest independent teaching standards board, has long engaged in credential program reviews. However, the Commission adopted the Accreditation Framework [PDF], to replace program review with a professional accreditation process.

Oversight of the accreditation system has now been delegated to the Committee on Accreditation. This Committee, appointed by the Commission, has been charged with the task of deciding on the continuing accreditation of educator preparation institutions and programs, deciding on the initial accreditation of programs submitted by eligible institutions, and determining the comparability of national or alternative program standards with California standards of educator preparation. This accreditation process is designed to assure the public and the Legislature that these programs are effectively training school personnel to function in the credential areas for which they are being prepared. The accreditation procedures developed by the Committee on Accreditation may be found in the Accreditation Handbook.

This accreditation system for California emphasizes the essential participation of professional educators in the development of accreditation policies and procedures, the conduct of institutional reviews, and the determination of accreditation decisions. The twelve member Committee on Accreditation, carefully selected from a pool of distinguished educators, embodies the expertise, experiences, and commitment envisioned by the writers of the Accreditation Handbook.

Nominations to the COA

Nominations are accepted each January for new members to the COA. COA members must be employed in either K-12 education or in an institute of higher education.

Annually, three new members of the COA are appointed by the Commission for four year terms.  An individual must be nominated by an educator in California.  In addition to the nomination form [PDF], the nominee must submit a resume/vita that is limited to 3 pages and a letter of interest (limited to two pages) describing why the nominee would like to serve on the COA, including summarizing the nominee's qualifications.  Finally, an employer form [PDF] and demographic information [PDF] needs to be submitted by the application deadline.

Openings on the COA

YearK-12 EducatorsIHE EducatorsAll nomination materials due date
201712February 13, 2017
Updated July 09, 2017