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Teacher Education

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

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“The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) is the leading voice on educator preparation.”

Contact: Jacqueline Rodriguez

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) is the leading voice on educator preparation. AACTE represents more than 650 postsecondary institutions with educator preparation programs that include public and private colleges and universities in every state, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, and Guam, all dedicated to high-quality, evidence-based preparation that assures educators are ready to teach all learners.

AACTE, its members, and partners collaborate to revolutionize education for all learners. AACTE continues to elevate education and educator preparation through research, professional practice, advocacy, and collaboration.

AACTE’s goal as an association is to build a portfolio of programs, products, and services to help educator preparation leaders thrive in this dynamic environment. Learn more at

Research and Publications

Additional Resources

AACTE resources can be helpful to CEEDAR states and IHEs engaged in educator reform. These resources can help states address issues around program alignment and collaboration as well as stakeholder buy in and communication.

The National Association of State directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC)


NASDTEC exercises leadership in matters related to the preparation, certification, and professional practice of professional school personnel.”

Contact: Phillip S. Rogers, Ed.D.

The National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) is a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization. Since 1928, NASDTEC has served as a professional membership organization representing state departments of education and professional standards boards/commissions that are responsible for the preparation, licensure, and discipline of licensed K-12 educational personnel.

Jurisdiction members include all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, Guam, and the Canadian province of Ontario.

Associate members include constituent organizations with an interest in the preparation, continuing development, employment, and certification of educational personnel.

Ed Id Clearinghouse Database

*The Ed ID Clearinghouse is a secure, searchable national database that provides an immediate alert regarding individuals who have had their professional educator license or certificate annulled, denied, suspended, revoked, or otherwise invalidated.

The Ed ID Clearinghouse is now available to local education agencies (LEAs) both public and private as well as to approved educator preparation providers (EPPs). Learn more by watching this video.

Additional Resources

NASDTEC Academy: The Prevention and Correction: Overview course provides an option for licensing agencies and school districts to support educators whose conflicting decisions have resulted in a need for intervention. The course also has proven to be an effective manner to help new teachers grow in their understanding of making professional decisions in today’s classrooms.

The NASDTEC Interstate Agreement for reciprocity supports mobility of educators.

Online Community Knowledge Base (KB) is provided through interactive data maps while retaining its historical recognition as a reliable source of state-by-state information about the preparation, certification, and fitness of teachers and other school personnel.

Model Code of Ethics for Educators (MCEE) By establishing the MCEE, NASDTEC provides a model of best practice which organizations may adopt or adapt to help ensure states, EPPs, and LEAs are effectively equipping educators in ethical understanding and decision making so as not to violate the boundaries of professional practice.

State Policy and Support

Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)

Our Mission:

The Council of Chief State School Officers, through leadership, advocacy and service, assists chief state school officers and their organizations in achieving the vision of an American education system that enables all children to succeed in school, work and life.

Contact: Kaylan Connally

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, Bureau of Indian Education, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.

1. Supporting Inclusive Schools for the Success of Each Child– In 2018, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Collaborative on Inclusive Principal Leadership released this online guide in partnership with the CEEDAR Center and Oak Foundation. The guide offers state leaders eight key strategies and accompanying resources to establish a vision for and integrate effective, inclusive principal leadership into policy and practice to improve outcomes for students with disabilities.

2. PSEL Standards 2015– The National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA), which includes CCSSO, published refreshed standards for educational leaders in November 2015. The 2015 Professional Standards for Educational Leaders, formerly known as ISLLC standards, aim to ensure district and school leaders are able to improve student achievement and meet new, higher expectations.

3. PSEL 2015 and Promoting Principal Leadership for the Success of Students with Disabilities– In 2017, CCSSO in partnership with CEEDAR released a companion document to the PSEL standards focused on inclusive principal leadership. It highlights those aspects of leadership practice in PSEL 2015 that are particularly important for supporting the success of students with disabilities.

4. Promises to Keep 2015; Developed through a partnership with CCSSO and CEEDAR, this document outlines key policy actions state education agencies can take to ensure that their educator preparation programs are more effective for teachers and principals educating students with disabilities. This important report builds on the 2012 report produced by CCSSO, Our Responsibility: Our Promise.

The National Association of State directors of Special Education (NASDSE)

“Guiding Change”

Contact:  John Eisenberg

Founded in 1938, The National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) is a premier membership organization that supports state leaders of special education throughout the United States and its Territories. Our mission and vision is to improve individual and organizational success for state leaders of special education by providing relevant services that guide positive systemic change and results thereby ensuring students with disabilities will live, learn, work and participate in their communities.

VISION: To be a premier membership organization supporting state leaders of special education in ensuring students with disabilities will live, learn, work and participate in their communities

MISSION: To improve individual and organizational success for state leaders of special education by providing relevant services that impact positive systemic change and results

GUIDING PRINCIPLES: Members are our first priority; Pragmatic and effective services; Collaboration produces the best results; Forward thinking and agile; Passion for positive outcomes for students with disabilities

NASDSE members also include State Data Managers and 619 Coordinators.

NASDSE has a three year strategic plan that can be found at: NASDSE Strategic Plan and Roadmap_V2

NASDSE also is a partner on many OSEP funded technical assistance centers such as:

  • NCSI
  • ECPC
  • NCEO
  • NCDB
  • AEM

Research & Publications

NASDSE also produces a number of publications on a variety of topics important to state special education leaders. These can be found at:

NASDSE Issue Briefs – National Association of State Directors of Special Education

Additional Resources

NASDE also provides ongoing professional development opportunities to its membership. This includes an annual conference, webinars, and on-demand training. These events can be found advertised on our calendar of events on the website.

National Governor’s Association (NGA)

The collective voice of the nation’s governors”

Contact: Sarah Silverman

The NGA is a bipartisan public policy organization through which governors identify priority issues, share best practices, speak with a collective voice on public policy and governance issues at the state and national levels, and develop innovative solutions to improve state government and support the principles of federalism.

The NGA Center for Best Practices provides governors information they need to make policy decisions. The Federal Relations Office ensures the governors’ views are represented in shaping federal policy. Staff at the NGA provide services to governors’ offices and support other state entities at the behest of the governor.

Research & Publications

Additional Resources

  • Technical assistance to states and territories on issues related to the education pipeline from early care and education through K-12 to postsecondary and workforce
  • Specific projects related to timely needs of governors and their staff, including for example efforts to raise standards, improve teacher and principal preparation, expand the academic focus of early learning opportunities, expand access to early care and education, build stronger workforce pipelines, and strengthen accountability for postsecondary programs.
  • Engagement of NGA experts to offer insight into best practices and recommended courses of action related to education policy and practice

Supporting the Teaching Profession

The Council for Exceptional Children


A professional association of educators dedicated to advancing the success of children with exceptionalities

Contact: CEC Member Services

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of children and youth with disabilities and/or gifts and talents.

CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides professional development, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice. CEC is known as THE source for information, resources, and professional development for special educators.

Research and Publications  

Special Education TODAY Newsletter (sign up for weekly email updates)

Policy Insider

TEACHING Exceptional Children (focuses on classroom practice)

Exceptional Children (focuses on research)

Additional Resources

CEC Special Education Convention & Expo

Online Learning Opportunities

Resource Library

CEC Program Review and National Recognition (through CAEP)

CEC Professional Preparation Standards

CEC Position Statements

State of the Special Education Profession Report

Special Education Legislative Summit



Kent McIntosh,

The purpose of the Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is to improve the capacity of state educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), and schools to establish, scale-up, and sustain the PBIS framework to (a) scale up Tier 2 and 3 systems to improve outcomes for students with or at-risk for disabilities, (b) enhance school climate and school safety, and (c) improve conditions for learning to promote the well-being of all students.

Research & Publications:

References for the Evidence Base of PBIS

Supporting and Responding to Behavior: Evidence-Based Classroom Strategies for Teachers

PBIS Cultural Responsiveness Field Guide Resources for Trainers and Coaches


Contact: Catherine Johnson /

The Educating All Learners Alliance (EALA) is an uncommon coalition of organizations committed to resource sharing and community-building that supports the efforts of the education community to meet the needs of students with disabilities. The Educating All Learners Alliance is working to improve availability of COVID recovery strategies, best practices, and resources for students with disabilities while also catalyzing innovation and improving equity in our current education system.

Research and Publications  

Our Resource Library synthesizes case studies, resource compilations, web-based content, webinars, podcasts, and other valuable information for students, families and educators in an easy-to-find search tool.

Additional Resources

Our Tech Tool Library includes easy-to-access accessibility information for over 60 major education tools and also includes confirmation of validity badges such as the Learner Variability Certification, Research-Based Design Certification, and the Project Unicorn Pledge.

Leadership Support

International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership­­­

Leading Effective and Inclusive Schools for Learning”


Contact Marc Shelton

Mission: To serve the interests and needs of professors and practicing school leaders


Research & Publications

ICPEL Publications – e-textbooks

Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (JEDI – An ICPEL Initiative)

Best Practices of Award-Winning Elementary Principals – Dr. Sandra Harris

Best Practices of Award-Winning Secondary Principals – Dr. Sandra Harris

Resources for Preparation Standards

National Policy Board for Educational Administration (organizational membership)

Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL, 2015)

National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) Program Recognition Standards – Building Level (2018)

National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) Program Recognition Standards – District Level (2018)

University Council for Educational Administrators (UCEA)



Quality leadership matters.”

Contact: Barbara Pazey

University Council for Educational Administrators (UCEA) is a consortium of higher education institutions committed to advancing the preparation and practice of education leaders for the benefit of schools and children. To accomplish its mission, UCEA promotes, sponsors, and disseminates research on the essential problems of practice; improves the preparation and professional development of school leaders and professors; and influences policy and practice through establishing and fostering collaborative networks.

Research & Publications


Additional Resources