PESB operates a variety of standards to specify what Educator Preparation Program (EPP) quality looks like: program standards, role standards, endorsement competencies, and cultural competency standards (PDF). Providers of EPPs must ensure these standards are upheld through program structures.
- Program standards identify program features and activities.
- Role standards define certificate-specific skills and knowledge for candidates (see which standards apply to which role below).
- Endorsement competencies outline the relevant subject matter for teacher candidates seeking that endorsement.
- 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.
Role standards and endorsement competencies are incorporated into the program standards in specific standard component areas. Cultural competencies are integrated throughout the program standards to ensure both program structures and program completers are systematically culturally responsive.
These standards work together to define EPP requirements in structure, actions, and content. 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.
Issues of abuse (PDF) required for teacher certification.