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Educator Preparation Organizations

Educator Preparation Organizations
Organization Purpose/Goals Membership Notes
Associate Degree Early Childhood Educators (ACCESS) The purpose of ACCESS is to support and advocate for associate degree programs in the preparation of early childhood professionals who teach and care for young children from birth through age 8 across a variety of programs; and the instructors who teach in those programs. Individual National-level association
Association for Advancing Quality Educator Preparation (AAQEP)

AAQEP promotes and recognizes quality educator preparation that strengthens the education profession’s ability to serve all students, schools, and communities, and to do so equitably.

To accomplish its mission, AAQEP:

  • Supports the professional development of those engaged in educator preparation and the continuous improvement of preparation programs
  • Coordinates formative peer reviews in support of member institutions' quality assurance and continuous improvement efforts
  • Designs and implements accreditation processes that respect the diversity and autonomy of institutions and providers
Institutional Currently involved in a pilot program to determine whether it would meet MDE requirement for national accreditation
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) CAEP advances equity and excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.

Strategic Goals:

  • Goal 1: Continuous Improvement
  • Goal 2: Quality Assurance
  • Goal 3: Credibility
  • Goal 4: Equity
  • Goal 5: Strong Foundation
Institutional Meets MDE requirement for national accreditation
Directors and Representatives of Teacher Education Programs (DARTEP)

The primary purpose of DARTEP is to support the continued improvement of teacher preparation in the state of Michigan.

To accomplish this purpose, the organization:

  • Acts as a clearinghouse for information related to teacher preparation and certification
  • Serves as a network among institutions to provide support in the implementation of federal and state regulations
  • Collaborates with the Department of Education in the clarification and implementation of certification regulations and procedures.
Individual according to Institution

Maintains DARTEP listserv

Participation in the DARTEP listserv is open to faculty and staff from teacher preparation institutions regardless of membership status with DARTEP.

Michigan Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (MACTE)

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MACTE exists to promote, within Michigan, the learning of all PK-12 students through the promotion of high quality preparation and continuing education for all school personnel.

To accomplish this, MACTE:

  • Gathers and disseminates data
  • Proposes and analyzes public policy initiatives
  • Supports professional advancement and networking
  • Represents the professional educator preparation community before the state and national governments
Institutional State affiliate of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)
Michigan Association of Teacher Educators (MATE) MATE’s mission is to provide support to educators and stakeholders, and to utilize collective knowledge to inspire agents of change within our society.


Open to anyone interested in the development and maintenance of quality teacher education programs

State affiliate of the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE)
Michigan Independent Educator Preparation Institutions (MIEPI) The organization is committed to the continuous improvement of the professional preparation of educators through representation, communication and advocacy.


Open to independent colleges and universities

Meets on an as-needed basis
Michigan Public Deans Council

The purpose of the Council is to provide support to the deans of the public colleges of education in the advancement, stimulation, improvement, and representation of undergraduate and graduate education programs offered by four-year public institutions of higher education.

Specific objectives are to:

  • Facilitate the dissemination of knowledge and materials related to education preparation at the state and national levels
  • Facilitate and encourage dialogue and intellectual interaction on all matters pertinent to education and other programs in public colleges of education
  • Make available data and information pertinent to improvement of education programs and other programs in public colleges of education
  • Impact positively PK-20 education legislation, budgets, and licensure


Open to public universities

Meets on a periodic basis

Affiliated with the Michigan Association of State Universities (MASU)