SHAPE America to Provide Program Review With National Recognition for CAEP Accreditation

SHAPE America made the difficult decision in June 2019 to no longer serve as the Specialized Professional Association (SPA) for CAEP accreditation of PETE and HETE programs. At the time, we acknowledged there was a possibility we would revisit this decision in the future, and we’re pleased to say that SHAPE America recently entered into a new agreement with CAEP. We deeply appreciate the changes CAEP has made to the review process and fee structure to make this possible and we are highly enthusiastic for the opportunity to reengage in this process.

When we resume our review process in fall 2021, we will begin by reviewing new reports from educator preparation providers (EPPs) with upcoming CAEP accreditation visits. Programs that were reviewed using the PETE Standards between Spring 2018 and Spring 2019 will not need to submit revised reports from decisions made at that time.

In addition to providing training and support to help educator preparation providers complete the process and receive national recognition, we will also offer an opportunity for higher education professionals to serve as program report reviewers.

If you are interested in either of these opportunities, please complete this Interest Form.

Upcoming Webinars

All of the following live webinars will be recorded for later access.

August 19 — 4 p.m. ET

CAEP SPA Program Reviewer Refresher Webinar

This webinar is for PETE and HETE program report reviewers who have gone through the SPA reviewer training in the past, but who would like to be refreshed on the process and responsibilities. This will not go into as much detail as the CAEP SPA Reviewer Training on September 16.

September 16 — 4 p.m. ET

CAEP SPA Program Reviewer Training

This training is for individuals who are interested in becoming a PETE or HETE SPA reviewer for SHAPE America. SPA reviewers are responsible for completing program review reports in advance of deadlines assigned by CAEP staff and SPA coordinators. This training will go over the details and responsibilities for SPA program reviewers.

October 21 — 4 p.m. ET

CAEP SPA Program Report Preparation Webinar

This webinar is for program coordinators who are responsible for preparing PETE or HETE program reports. The webinar will review the types of evidence that must be submitted with reports and will be facilitated by SHAPE America program reviewers and auditors. This is great opportunity to ask questions and get clarity on how to write program reports.

More Information

For questions regarding SHAPE America’s role as a SPA and the PETE/HETE program review process, EPPs may contact Michelle Carter at

For questions on program review requirements as part of the CAEP accreditation process, EPPs may contact CAEP at

Interest Form

Complete this form if you are interested in receiving more information about:

  • SHAPE America Program Review with National Recognition
  • Serving as a Program Report Reviewer
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Requesting Shells

Institutions can request shells for programs by logging into the Accreditation Information Management System (AIMS). Instructions for requesting shells can be found here.

Letter to Our Higher Education Community

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