Information Regarding CAEP SPA Review and National Recognition
Physical Education Teacher Education programs that are a part of an educator preparation provider (EPPs) seeking CAEP Accreditation undergo the program review process. SHAPE America has partnered with CAEP to provide National Recognition through a Specialized Professional Association (SPA) review. SPAs conduct reviews twice every year—once in spring and once in fall.
Important review cycle dates are below.
- March 15 – Program reports due
- August 1 – SPA decision posted in AIMS
- September 15 – Program reports due
- February 1 – SPA decision posted in AIMS
PETE programs seeking National Recognition will need to request a program report template or shell through AIMS.
Shells can be requested year-round. Programs can request shells one year before their report due date. Shells will not be created after the cycle due date. For example, shells for a spring cycle will not be created after March 15 and shells for a Fall cycle will not be created after September 15.
For more detailed information about the SPA Program Review Process please visit the CAEP website.
Support for Program Report Preparers
SHAPE America offers several webinars throughout the year to support program report writers.
Upcoming webinars - save the dates!
Initial Program Report Prep for HETE and PETE
September 28, 2023 @ 4:00pm — 5:30pm ET
This webinar is intended for program coordinators who are responsible for preparing SPA program reports. The webinar will go over types of evidence that are needed to submit with reports and will be facilitated by SHAPE America program reviewers and auditors. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and get clarity on how to write program reports. This webinar will be for both HETE and PETE program coordinators.
Participants are highly recommended to purchase either the:
CAEP SPA Reviewer Training
Part 1: October 12, 2023 @ 4:00pm — 5:30pm ET
Part 2: October 19, 2023 @ 4:00pm — 5:30pm ET
This two-part 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.
Attendees must plan to attend both webinars in order to be a reviewer. Please be sure to register for both parts.
Register for Part 1Register for Part 2
Become a Program Reviewer!
If you are a higher education professional in PETE/HETE, consider becoming a program report reviewer. SHAPE America provides two-part training sessions each fall, after completing the training reviewers will be placed on a team with a lead reviewer and another trained reviewer.
Becoming a reviewer provides a much-needed service to the profession, increased understanding of the accreditation process, deepens knowledge on alignment between the national standards and program assessments.
Reviewer Interest Form