ACTFL and CAEP Accreditation

Argentina Guachos Argentina Guachos
 Argentina Soccer Players  Argentina Soccer Players
The Guggenheim in Bilbao The Guggenheim in Bilbao
 Brazil Carnival Performer  Brazil Carnival Performer
 Brazil - Rio from the sky  Brazil - Rio from the sky
 Day of the Dead skull and flowers  Day of the Dead skull and flowers
 Student at Gijon Sign  Student at Gijon Sign
Spanish faculty at the UN Spanish faculty at the UN
 Spanish Faculty with Columbian Friends  Spanish Faculty with Columbian Friends
 Honduras Macaw and Mayan Ruins  Honduras Macaw and Mayan Ruins
 Incan carving  Incan carving
 Machu Picchu  Machu Picchu
 Madrid Cityscape  Madrid Cityscape
Mexico City Cityscape Mexico City Cityscape
 Nicaragua - Granada  Nicaragua - Granada
 Portugal - Belam Tower  Portugal - Belam Tower
Portuguese Tiles for sale in a Market Portuguese Tiles for sale in a Market
 Spanish Students in Culinary School  Spanish Students in Culinary School
 Spanish professor in language lab  Spanish professor in language lab
 Student in Gijon  Student in Gijon
Student in Seville Student in Seville
 Unidiversity Dancers  Unidiversity Dancers
 Wares for sale at Unidiversity  Wares for sale at Unidiversity
 Unidiversity Cultural Parade  Unidiversity Cultural Parade
 Professor giving orientation for the Camino de Santiago  Professor giving orientation for the Camino de Santiago
  Professor giving orientation for the Camino de Santiago   Professor giving orientation for the Camino de Santiago
 Imix Hernandez de la Rosa as a skeleton for Dat of the Dead celebration  Imix Hernandez de la Rosa as a skeleton for Dat of the Dead celebration
 Jose Vilches Aguado and Imix Hernandez de la Rosa  Jose Vilches Aguado and Imix Hernandez de la Rosa
 Jose Vilches Aguado teaches about the Day of the Dead  Jose Vilches Aguado teaches about the Day of the Dead
Study abroad students pose in shrubbery Study abroad students pose in shrubbery
Group photo of study abroad students with Miami flag Group photo of study abroad students with Miami flag
 study abroad student with children  study abroad student with children
 six study abroad students in a raft on a river  six study abroad students in a raft on a river
 Study abroad students in front of Spanish ruins  Study abroad students in front of Spanish ruins
 Group photo of study abroad students  Group photo of study abroad students
Group of study abroad students Group of study abroad students
 Jose Dominguez videotaping study abroad students  Jose Dominguez videotaping study abroad students
 Study abroad students hiking in Northern Spain  Study abroad students hiking in Northern Spain
 study abroad students interacting with local guide  study abroad students interacting with local guide
 study abroad group with Miami flag  study abroad group with Miami flag
 Student in front of Gijon city sign  Student in front of Gijon city sign
 Group of study abroad students pose for a picture  Group of study abroad students pose for a picture
  Group of study abroad students pose for a picture   Group of study abroad students pose for a picture
  Group of study abroad students pose for a picture   Group of study abroad students pose for a picture

ACTFL CertificateThe American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

Scope of Accreditation

Accreditation is quality assurance through external peer review. When an institution or specialized program is accredited, it has demonstrated that it meets standards set by organizations representing the academic community, professionals, and other stakeholders. To maintain accreditation the institution or program must undergo a similar review on a regular basis. Typically reviews are conducted every 7 to 10 years.

There are two types of accreditation: institutional and professional (sometimes called programmatic).

Professional accreditors review departments, schools, and colleges usually within a higher education institution. An institution, especially a larger university, might simultaneously maintain accreditation from a regional accreditor as well as from several professional accreditors.

CAEP is a professional accreditor because it reviews departments, schools, and colleges which prepare teachers and other educators. After completing a program, teachers seek licensure or certification from the state in which they wish to teach.

To avoid encountering dubious providers of educational offerings (“degree mills”) or dubious providers of quality assurance (“accreditation mills”), CAEP recommends that students and the public check the list of accredited institutions and recognized accrediting agencies on the websites for the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). For additional information on the harm of degree mills and accreditation mills, visit the CHEA website. CHEA is often referred to as an accreditor of accreditors.  Under CHEA, professional accreditors undergo a peer review process to ensure the quality and integrity of standards and processes.