Professional Preparation

The specialized professional preparation of teachers of young adolescents must be a high priority of teacher preparation programs. The Association for Middle Level Education is committed to promoting actions that will assure that all young adolescents are taught by highly qualified teachers. AMLE continues to be the leader in promoting responsive policies, practices, and programs for young adolescents and their teachers.

View AMLE’s position paper

Professional Prep

AMLE’s Standards for Middle Level Teacher Preparation

AMLE is a constituent member of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), formerly the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). CAEP accredits schools, colleges, and departments of education that provide professional preparation for teachers and other school specialists. AMLE is responsible for the program review process within CAEP for institutions seeking national recognition of middle level teacher preparation programs. The specialized professional preparation of teachers of young adolescents must be a high priority of teacher preparation programs. AMLE continues to be the leader in promoting responsive policies, practices and programs for young adolescents and their teachers.

The current 2012 standards AMLE Standards were adopted in 2012. AMLE is in the process of publishing revised standards, which it anticipates being released in 2021.

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Program Review Board

AMLE is responsible for the Program Review Process within CAEP for institutions seeking national recognition of middle level teacher preparation programs. AMLE members have representation on CAEP’s accreditation evaluation teams and other Committees of the CAEP Board.

AMLE and other member organizations that form CAEP represent teachers, teacher educators, policymakers, and school specialists. The overall mission of the coalition is to set national standards that help assure quality and credibility in preparation programs for professional school personnel. To accomplish its mission CAEP is striving to link teacher preparation standards with state licensure requirements.

The program review process is conducted online and the only travel required of program reviewers is that of attending meetings at the AMLE annual conference in November. These meetings are held at the annual conference since members will likely already be attending the conference and therefore will not have any added travel expenses. Members of the AMLE Program Review Board are volunteers and no reimbursement for travel or other expenses is provided. Terms are typically three years, but may be renewed by the AMLE Professional Preparation Advisory Board. Based on excellence as a successful SPA reviewer, AMLE may recommend some of its members to serve on the SPA Standards Review Committee of the CAEP Board.

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Program Review Board Eligibility

AMLE seeks members for the Program Review Board who represent racial, ethnic, gender, and geographic diversity. Qualifications and performance expectations for program reviewers include the following:

  1. Ability to attend annual training sessions at the AMLE Conference
  2. Ability to make confidential reasoned, unbiased professional judgments about education programs based on their alignment with AMLE standards
  3. Basic knowledge about interpretation of data, performance-based assessment, use of rating scales and rubrics, and analysis of written information
  4. Commitment and availability to perform duties for a 3-year term
  5. Commitment to meet deadlines
  6. Computer literacy and access to the Internet and e-mail and familiarity with submission and review databases [the reviews are conducted online]
  7. Current membership in AMLE
  8. Excellent writing skills that convey clear, substantive judgments about the program that support review decisions and that offer focused comments to provide institutions the information needed to bring their programs into alignment with AMLE standards
  9. Expertise in the field of middle level education, teaching, administration, teacher education, research, and/or program evaluation
  10. Familiarity with current and former editions of AMLE Middle Level Teacher Preparation Standards
  11. Good interpersonal skills, the ability to interact with team members in a courteous and collegial manner, and the ability to work toward consensus in team deliberations
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AMLE CAEP Coordinator

For more information about professional preparation and credentialing of middle level teachers, the SPA review process, or if you wish to apply to become a member of the AMLE Program Review Board, please contact AMLE CAEP Coordinator, Dr. Ellis Hurd, at ehurd@ilstu.edu.