Colleges of Education: A National Portrait

AACTE’s major new report, Colleges of Education: A National Portrait, provides a comprehensive picture of today’s schools, colleges, and departments of education.

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Become a Member

Membership in AACTE is institutional—meaning a whole institution signs up, giving all of its employees and students access to the Association’s benefits. Individuals at member institutions are kept abreast of the latest developments in educator preparation and are part of a network of successful professionals working together to improve the quality of educator preparation.

AACTE has two categories of membership – regular membership and affiliate membership.

Regular Membership

Membership Application OnlineRegular membership is granted to 4-year, degree-granting, domestic colleges and universities with a commitment to the preparation of education personnel.

To be eligible for membership, institutions must meet the following criteria:

  1. The institution is a 4-year or upper-division graduate or undergraduate degree-granting institution.
  2. The institution’s primary purposes are educational.
  3. The institution is regionally accredited.
  4. The institution is committed to equal education opportunity, affirmative action, diversity, and multiculturalism.
  5. The institution can demonstrate that the preparation of professional educators is one of its most important institutional purposes.
  6. The institution is committed to the preparation of professional educators for PK-12 schools.
  7. The institution has an identifiable unit devoted to the preparation and training of professional educators.
  8. Resources are available to the professional education unit in the areas of personnel, funding, physical facilities, library, equipment, materials, and supplies.
  9. The institution has written policies and procedures (including admissions and exit criteria, student assessment, and evaluation of graduates) upon which the operation of the unit rests.

Are you ready to join the premier national association for educator preparation? Download a printable copy of our regular membership application, or apply online below.

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Affiliate Membership

Membership Application coverInstitutions and organizations not eligible for regular membership may be eligible for affiliate membership. Affiliate membership is granted to the following:

  • Not-for-profit, 2-year, degree-granting domestic institutions of higher education
  • Not-for-profit, 2-year or 4-year, degree-granting foreign institutions of higher education
  • Not-for-profit companies, organizations, state education associations, regional education laboratories, university-based research or policy centers, schools, or other not-for-profit educational associations
  • For-profit schools, organizations, associations, agencies, centers, corporations, or commercial companies

Join us and make a difference in educator preparation nationwide. Download a printable copy of our affiliate application or apply online.

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AACTE and National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs (NACCTEP) Partnership

The National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs (NACCTEP) and AACTE have launched a partnership to foster collaboration among their memberships through the common goals of advocating for, advancing, and diversifying educator preparation programs.

This partnership connects 4-year degree-granting institutions and community college educator preparation programs to grow and strengthen the teacher pipeline, bring diversity to the field, and advance the preparation of educators.

AACTE and NACCTEP welcome community colleges to apply for the partnership program. Institutions participating in this partnership have access to an array of AACTE and NACCTEP benefits including discounted rates for conferences and events, a subscription to the Journal of Teacher Education, and access to joint NACCTEP and AACTE programing at the AACTE Annual Meeting. The full list of benefits includes—

AACTE Benefits

  • Conference and meeting registrations at member rates
  • Subscription to the Journal of Teacher Education, including access to full online archives
  • Access to members-only webinars and online resources
  • Member discounts on AACTE mailing list rental
  • Eligibility for committee service

NACCTEP Benefits

  • Quarterly Online Newsletters: NACCTEP produces quarterly newsletters that include a compilation of news regarding membership, upcoming events, community college spotlights, and current educational issues
  • National Scholarships Program: NACCTEP provides financial assistance for teacher education students from member colleges
  • Comprehensive Website: Members have exclusive access to member-only features on the NACCTEP website
  • Networking Opportunities: Members have opportunities to communicate with other teacher education professionals from across the country
  • Executive Board Involvement: Members have opportunities to nominate, vote, and participate on the NACCTEP Board
  • National Lobbying Efforts: NACCTEP advocates on behalf of community college teacher education programs nationally
  • Ambassador Program: Represent NACCTEP locally and/or regionally and provide a communication link between Board members and member states

Partner Eligibility

The following organizations are eligible to participate in the AACTE–NACCTEP partnership:

  • Not-for-profit, up to 2-year, degree-granting in education, domestic institutions of higher education
  • Not-for-profit, up to 2-year, degree-granting in education, foreign institutions of higher education

The partnership term will run from the date the partnership agreement is submitted and payment is received to December 31, 2020. The dues for this term are $1,000. To join the partnership please contact

Contact our Membership Department at or 202-478-4516.