Teacher educators play a key role in the transformation to a digital age education system. We know that educators’ lifelong attitudes toward learning, pedagogy and technology use are greatly influenced by what they learn in their teacher preparation programs. If we are to succeed at re-engineering our educational system for our students’ future, we must begin at the beginning — with our teachers’ teachers.
ISTE’s collaboration with CAEP
For more than two decades, ISTE has served as one of 22 national organizations charged with developing the standards that the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP, formerly NCATE) uses to accredit colleges of education throughout the United States. By collaborating on standards for the preparation of technology directors, tech coaches and computer science educators, ISTE supports CAEP’s mission to advance excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and continuous improvement to strengthen PK-12 student learning.
ISTE-CAEP Standards (2012)
The refreshed ISTE-CAEP Standards build on the original set of Technology Facilitator, Technology Leader and Secondary Computer Science Educator standards published in 2002.
- Technology Coach > These standards evaluate programs that prepare teacher leaders and building- or district-level professionals to help teachers integrate technology in the classroom.
- Technology Director > These standards set the benchmarks for programs that prepare district professionals charged with leading instructional technology initiatives.
- Computer Science Educator > These standards set the benchmarks for programs that prepare computer science teachers for instruction in a formal education setting.