PESB operates a variety of standards to specify what Educator Preparation Program (EPP) quality looks like. EPP providers must ensure these standards are upheld through program structures.
What are the standards and competencies?
- Program standards: Program standards identify program features and activities. View program standards.
- Role standards: Role standards define certificate-specific skills and knowledge for candidates. View role standards.
- Endorsement competencies: Endorsement competencies outline the relevant subject matter for teacher candidates seeking that endorsement. View endorsement competencies.
- Cultural competency standards: Cultural competency standards include knowledge of student histories and context, understanding of cultural norms and values, as well as skills in adapting instruction to individual students. As a progression, providers uphold these standards at the pre-service level. View cultural competency standards.
- Instructional topics: Instructional topics required for educator certification are also included in the standards, and considered at approval and review. View required instructional topics.
Incorporating standards and competencies into programs
These standards work together to define preparation program requirements in structure, actions, and content.
- Role standards and endorsement competencies are incorporated into the program standards in specific standard component areas.
- Cultural competency standards are integrated throughout the program standards to ensure both program structures and program completers are systematically culturally responsive.
- At approval, PESB asks for a prospective provider to describe and provide evidence of how they intend to uphold standards in their prospective program.
- At review, PESB uses data to indicate how well a program ensures these features, actions, and candidate skills and knowledge.