Educator Preparation

Educator Preparation Review Toolkit

Programs must be approved by DESE in order to endorse candidates for licensure. A Sponsoring Organization must receive approval from DESE before enrolling candidates into any educator preparation program.

There are three types of program approval reviews:

  • Informal: Review conducted for providers interested in putting forward new programs and/or entities seeking to become an approved provider (Sponsoring Organization) in the state.
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    2020 Informal Review Toolkit
  • Formal: Review conducted for existing providers seeking continuing approval
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    Sponsoring Organization Review Schedule
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    2019-2020 Formal Review Toolkit
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    2020-2021 Formal Review Toolkit
  • Interim: Review conducted for currently approved providers when concerns have been identified during an existing period of approval.

Regardless of the type of review, DESE has developed an intentional process that seeks to build an evidence-base on which decisions can be made. This evidence-based model values the professional judgment of carefully selected and trained reviewers and relies on the triangulation of information from multiple sources. The evaluations take into consideration plans for improvement and organizational inputs but weights most heavily, evidence of impact. The Review Evaluation Tool embodies this approach and is the centerpiece of the review system.

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Review Evaluation Tool
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