California State Accreditation of CSUCI’s Educator Preparation Programs

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 purposes of this accreditation system are 

  • Accreditation assures that programs meet state standards for professional preparation programs, and, in so doing, are allowed to recommend candidates for state licensure.
  • Accreditation assures candidates and the public that educator preparation programs are of high quality and effective in preparing candidates to meet licensure requirements.
  • Accreditation assures candidates and the public that programs are accountable for the quality and effectiveness of the preparation they provide to candidates.
  • Accreditation assures that evidence is reviewed by peers to determine each program’s quality and effectiveness in order to retain their accreditation status.
  • Accreditation provides the means for programs to continuously improve based on evidence of candidate outcomes, program effectiveness, and on feedback from ongoing peer review processes.

The accreditation process is a seven-year cycle of activities, which include annual data analysis, preconditions review, Common Standards review, program review, the site visit, and seventh-year follow up activities.

In April of 2019, the School of Education (SoE) at California State University Channel Islands hosted a team from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) for the seventh-year visit and the re-accreditation of the School of Education.

The CCTC team recommended, to the California Committee on Accreditation (COA), the full accreditation of the SoE and all of its credential programs.

On June 28, 2019, the COA voted unanimously to approve these recommendations. Here is the full report of the CCTC.

Commission on Teacher Credentialing Website
CSUCI State Accreditation (PDF, 154KB)
Commission on Teacher Credentialing Letter (PDF, 1.9MB)

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