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AACTE leads the field in advocating for and building capacity for high quality educator preparation programs in a dynamic landscape.

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education is a national alliance of educator preparation programs dedicated to the highest quality professional development of teachers and school leaders in order to enhance PK-12 student learning. The 800 institutions holding AACTE membership represent public and private colleges and universities in every state, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Guam. AACTE's reach and influence fuel its mission of serving learners by providing all school personnel with superior training and continuing education. AACTE employs three key strategies to achieve its goals:


AACTE maintains a constant presence on Capitol Hill to expand its congressional network and provide members with up-to-the-minute analysis of education policy.


AACTE believes in consensus-building through open and free-flowing dialogue on education matters, consistent support for diverse learners, and serving as a principal authority on issues pertaining to teacher quality.


AACTE provides members with vital communication regarding policy issues and events, publications targeting various areas of interest, and unique professional development opportunities.


  • Accelerate meaningful improvement in educator preparation by promoting and supporting the adoption of high standards for accountability and assessment that are linked to P-12 student outcomes. AACTE respects the diversity of preparation providers across the country but also recognizes the need to reach consensus on defining key components of high-quality preparation programs and meaningful measures of accountability and assessment for programs and candidates.  Additionally, the Association must work more seriously toward bridging the gap between the higher education and non-higher education providers.
  • Lead the charge to secure state and federal policy that advances high-quality student learning through educator preparation and development. One of the key functions of AACTE is to advocate on behalf of its members and to develop their advocacy skills to strengthen federal and state policies on educator preparation. Preparation providers must be at the table as Congress, the administration, and state policy makers deliberate on policies that impact the profession.
  • Launch and sustain systemwide initiatives to promote the diversity of the professional community and to prepare educators who can serve diverse learners. AACTE has an explicit commitment to increasing the diversity of the teaching workforce and the professoriate and to ensuring that candidates are ready to meet the needs of diverse learners.
  • Advance implementation of high-quality learning practices. As research and practice reveal more to the profession on what contributes to an effective preparation program, AACTE will leverage those findings through increasing members’ opportunities to understand and incorporate them into their own programs.

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