2019 Spring CAEP Conference

Sheraton Denver Downtown 

Denver, CO 


PreCon Orientation Sessions:

March 18, 2019

Main Conference Programming:

March 19-20, 2019

PostCon Workshops: 

March 20-21, 2019

About the 2019 Spring CAEPCon

Twice a year, the educator preparation profession gathers at the CAEP Conference (CAEPCon). CAEPCon provides opportunities to interact directly with the CAEP team and learn about the CAEP Standards and the Accreditation Process.

Sessions focus on important topics such as quality assessments, data literacy, diverse clinical practices, demonstrating program impact, developing a quality assurance system, and more. 

CAEPCon gives educator preparation providers (EPPs) the chance to share innovative ideas, continuous improvement experiences, transformational practice, and evidence-supported successes with other EPPs. Educator preparation providers will have an opportunity to network and share best practices, while gaining new ideas.

CAEPCon Features

Whether this is your first time or you are a CAEPCon veteran, there is always something new to learn! From beginning to end, you will enjoy learning and networking opportunities that extend beyond the main conference programming. You will not want to miss these CAEPCon features:

The CAEPCon App: 

The CAEPCon app is back, and continues to get better each conference!  Get the most out of your CAEPCon experience.  Download the app and enjoy all the benefits it affords – including, building your own session schedule, accessing presentation slides and handouts (when applicable), chatting with speakers and other conference attendees, enjoying fun gaming opportunities for chances to win prizes, and much more!


PreCon Orientation Sessions:

These optional (free) sessions aim to guide attendees toward conference content best suited for their journey through the accreditation process. Plan to arrive by the afternoon of March 18th to participate in the orientation sessions and settle in. These PreCon sessions will help attendees:


  • Figure out which CAEPCon track to follow
  • Determine what key points will be covered within the CAEP Standards sessions
  • Learn about key CAEP resources, including: scope of accreditation, accreditation reports and requirements, assessment evaluation frameworks, evidence sufficiency criteria, etc.
  • Build a deeper understanding of the accreditation process, including: report timelines, the AIMS platform, tools for writing, etc.


Three (3) PreCon orientation sessions will be offered, based on your level of familiarity with the CAEP Accreditation Process.


  •   Novice Level PreCon | Monday, March 18; 2:00 p.m.

This PreCon session is perfect for anyone with little or no knowledge of the overall accreditation process. The session will give participants guidance on what to anticipate on the 'Novice Track.' Participants will get a basic understanding of the concepts behind each standard and associated component, and general guidelines on how to better meet standards.


  •   Experienced Level PreCon | Monday, March 18; 3:30 p.m.

This PreCon session is suited for anyone, with some prior CAEP knowledge, looking to deepen their understanding of the accreditation process. This orientation will outline what to anticipate on the 'Intermediate/Experienced Track,' such as focusing in on evidence sufficiency criteria, to demonstrate concepts of the standards and components. 


  •   Program Review PreCon | Monday, March 18; 5:00 p.m.

This PreCon session is suited for anyone looking to deepen their understanding of the accreditation process.  Participants will gain a basic understanding of the scope of CAEP Accreditation and program review, available program review options, purpose of conducting program-level review, and the state’s role in selecting program review options.  This orientation will serve well to prepare participants for later conference sessions on individual program review options, namely SPA Program Review with National Recognition and CAEP Program Review with Feedback.


Resource Center: 

Want to know more about the accreditation process? The Resource Center will feature concise information about the various steps in the accreditation process in a poster-style format. The Resource Center will be open, with CAEP staff present, for the full duration of CAEPCon – come by any time! 

PostCon Workshops: 

PostCon workshops offer a broad focus on essential topics. These workshops are held shortly after the conclusion of the main conference programming. Attending a workshop is an excellent opportunity to apply what you've learned at CAEPCon to your provider's unique circumstances. So, come ready to work!

Two (2) workshops will be offered at the 2019 Spring CAEP Conference:

Self-Study Report: A How-To Workshop 

Get ready to write! This workshop is for educator preparation providers (EPPs) preparing to write a self-study report (SSR). Participants will be given the opportunity to walk through the process, and learn the expectations for content and formatting on the Self-Study Report.  The workshop will focus on areas where past SSR authors have needed the most assistance. 

Does your EPP have an SSR in progress? Bring it to this workshop and use it during exercises. Although the workshop is geared toward EPPs preparing to write the SSR, the presented information is beneficial for anyone in the writing process.

A3: Accreditation, Accountability, and Assessment Workshop
This workshop will explore the latest information and methods to help educator preparation providers (EPPs) understand the expectations for addressing validity and reliability of EPP created-assessments.

Focusing on the areas where past EPPs have needed the most assistance, participants will gain a better understanding of validity and reliability in the context of the accreditation process. Attendees will be able to explain how to address the CAEP criteria for validity and reliability and describe the key steps for meeting the levels of sufficiency. EPPs in the process of gathering evidence or writing its self-study report are welcome to use their own key assessments during workshop exercises.

PostCon workshops are presented in two sequential parts – scheduled as follows:          


Part 1: Wednesday, March 20; 2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Part 2: Thursday, March 21; 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Please plan your travel and lodging accordingly.

PostCon workshop reminders:

  • Registration for main conference programming is required to participate in the PostCon workshops.
  • Only one workshop can be attended per participant, as workshops run concurrently.
  • Register for one workshop per attendee.
  • Seating is limited, so be sure to register early!