TESOL/NCATE Standards for P-12 Teacher Education Programs

The TESOL/NCATE P-12 Teacher Education Program standards address the professional expertise needed by ESL educators to work with language minority students. The National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) uses the standards for national recognition of teacher education programs.

Also known as the TESOL Professional Teaching Standards, the performance-based standards can be used to assess programs that prepare and license P-12 ESL educators, as well as other teacher educator programs. 

Please note the TESOL/NCATE Standards for P-12 Teacher Education Programs were  officially revised in 2009. All institutions must use the revised standards.

For more information, contact Diane Staehr Fenner, TESOL/NCATE program coordinator.

Training for Institutions

A special virtual seminar for institutions on the revised TESOL P-12 ESL Teacher Education Program Standards is offered annually, usually in the fall. The workshop provides an overview of the standards and the information needed to complete and institution's program report.

Prospective Reviewers

As a reviewer for the TESOL/NCATE Standards for P-12 Teacher Education Programs project, you can help address how teachers are prepared in the United States to teach ESL to children in P-12 schools. For more information, contact Diane Staehr Fenner, TESOL/NCATE program coordinator.

Download the Standards

This comprehensive document contains detailed information on the revised standards (2009) as well as information for those preparing to submit program reports to NCATE.

TESOL P-12 Professional Teaching Standards (2010, PDF)