Preconditions

General Preconditions for the All Educator Preparation Programs

Pursuant to Education Code Section 44227(a), each program of professional preparation shall adhere to the following requirements of the Commission.

(1) Accreditation and Academic Credit. To be granted initial institutional accreditation by the Commission to become eligible to submit programs or to be granted initial program accreditation or continuing accreditation by the Committee on Accreditation, the program(s) must be proposed and operated by an institution that

(a) is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges or another of the six regional accrediting associations.

(b) grants baccalaureate academic credit or post-baccalaureate academic credit, or both.

(2) Responsibility and Authority. To be granted initial institutional/district accreditation by the Commission or initial program accreditation or continuing accreditation by the Committee on Accreditation, the institution/district shall provide the following information.

(a) Identify the position within the organizational structure that is responsible for ongoing oversight of all credential preparation programs offered by the institution/district (including credential programs offered by the extension division, if any).

(b) Provide a description of the reporting relationship between the position described in (a) and the individuals who coordinate each credential program offered by the institution/district. If a reporting relationship is indirect, describe the levels of authority and responsibility for each credential program.

(3) Personnel Decisions. To be granted initial program accreditation or continuing accreditation by the Committee on Accreditation, a program of professional preparation must be proposed and operated by an institution/district that makes all personnel decisions without considering differences due to gender or other constitutionally or legally prohibited considerations. These decisions include decisions regarding the admission, retention or graduation of students, and decisions regarding the employment, retention or promotion of employees.

(4) Demonstration of Need. To be granted initial accreditation by the Committee on Accreditation as a program of professional preparation, the program proposal must include a demonstration of need for the program in the region in which it will be operated. Such a demonstration must include, but need not be limited to, assurance by a sample of school administrators that one or more school districts will, during the foreseeable future, hire or assign additional personnel to serve in the credential category.

(5) Practitioners’ Participation in Program Design. To be granted initial program accreditation by the Committee on Accreditation, the program proposal must include verification that practitioners in the credential category have participated actively in the design and development of the program's philosophical orientation, educational goals, and content emphases.

(6) Commission Assurances. To be granted initial program accreditation by the Committee on Accreditation, the program proposal must 

(a) demonstrate that the program will fulfill all of the applicable standards of program quality and effectiveness that have been adopted by the Commission;

(b) assure that the institution/district will cooperate in an evaluation of the program by an external team or a monitoring of the program by a Commission staff member within four years of the initial enrollment of candidates in the program; and

(c) assure that the institution/district will participate in focused reviews of one or more aspects of the program when designated by the Commission.

(7) Requests for Data. To be granted initial or continuing accreditation by the Committee on Accreditation, the institution/district must identify a qualified officer responsible for reporting and respond to all requests from the Commission for data including, but not limited to, program enrollments, program completers, examination results, and state and federal reporting within the time limits specified by the Commission.

(8) Instructor Participation. Each instructor who regularly teaches one or more courses relating to instructional methods in a program of professional preparation for teaching credentials, including Specialist Credentials, or one or more courses in administrative methods in an Administrative Services Credential Program, shall actively participate in public elementary or secondary schools and classrooms at least once every three academic years. Reference: Education Code Section 44227.5 (a) and (b).

(9) Basic Skills Requirement. In each program of professional preparation, applicants for program admission shall be required to take the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) or one of the approved alternatives. The institution shall use the test results to ensure that, upon admission, each candidate receives appropriate academic assistance necessary to pass the examination. Reference: Education Code Sections 44252 (f) and 44225 (a)(1).

(10) Certificate of Clearance. A college or university that operates a program of professional preparation shall not allow a candidate to assume daily student teaching or clinical responsibilities until the candidate obtains a Certificate of Clearance from the Commission that verifies the candidate’s personal identification, unless the individual has already completed the fingerprint and character identification process and has been issued a valid document by the Commission. Reference: Education Code Section 44320 (d).