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The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) is the leading voice on educator preparation. AACTE’s member institutions and programs prepare the greatest number of professional educators in the United States and its territories, including teachers, counselors, administrators, and college faculty.


AACTE, its members, and partners collaborate to revolutionize education for all learners.


AACTE elevates education and educator preparation through research, professional practice, advocacy, and collaboration.

Core Values

Strategic Priorities

    • Advocating for High-Quality Educator Preparation
      AACTE and its members advocate for policies that are dedicated to building and sustaining high quality preparation of teachers and other education professionals that ensure our graduates are profession-ready.
    • Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
      AACTE and its members value the diversity of students, their families, and educators; equity in access to high quality instructional environments; and the inclusion of all students, defined as access and opportunity, in PK-20 classrooms.
    • Advancing Educator Preparation Policy, Practice, and Research
      Through cutting edge research, innovative practice, and advocacy, AACTE and its members advance the field of educator preparation.