NCTM Standards for Teacher Preparation Programs
Following the completion of the Spring 2024 cycle the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) will cease to offer the service of program review for licensure, certification, and/or endorsement of Secondary and Middle Level Mathematics teacher education programs and Elementary Mathematics Specialist advanced programs. New submission will be accepted for the Fall 2023 cycle. Only Revised and Response to Conditions reports will be reviewed in Spring 2024. NCTM will not review SPA Reports in the Fall 2024.
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NCTM's Mathematics teacher preparation program recognition standards and review process are used by institutions seeking accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The NCTM Standards serve as the basis for programs to determine which
required assessments provide evidence of candidate mastery of the standards.
The 2020 NCTM Standards, Reviewer Rubrics, and additional resources are available to institutions seeking mathematics program recognition for their secondary and middle level teacher preparation programs.
From Fall 2022 forward, initial submissions must use the 2020 NCTM Standards. Aligned assessments and two (2) applications of data are required.
Standards, Supporting Explanations, and Rubrics
These documents are the complete standards documents with supporting explanations, suggestions for evidence, reviewer rubrics and references.
These documents contain the complete instructions for reviewers and program report compilers. The documents contain the preponderance of evidence for each standard, suggestions on assessments that have potential to provide evidence for standards, and the reviewer rubrics written in terms of candidate
Alignments to Licensure Exams
Alignment to edTPA
Alignment to PPAT
Detailed instructions for compiling the report and completing the program submission forms are included.
These documents include the 2020 NCTM standards, the components for each standard, and the criteria for determining the preponderance of evidence for each standard.
NCTM Report Compiler Training for use of the 2020 Standards for CAEP SPA review is scheduled 2-3 times per semester. Details are available at the
Report Compiler Training Page.
NCTM solicits volunteers to become program reviewers. Program compilers are encouraged to become program reviewers. Information and application materials can be found at the
Program Reviewer Application Page.
Program review options, timelines, and instructions for requesting shells (in AIMS) are available at
Standards for Mathematics Teacher Preparation
NCTM's Math teacher preparation program accreditation standards and review process are used by institutions involved in the Council of the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) certifications
The 2020 Mathematics program standards and reviewer rubrics are available to institutions seeking mathematics program accreditation for their secondary, and middle grades teacher preparation programs.
The NCTM Standards serve as the basis for programs to determine which required assessments provide evidence of candidate mastery of the standards.
Required mathematics content knowledge for all levels of mathematics teacher candidates is specified in a content addendum accompanying each set of standards. Reviewer rubrics by level include criteria for how program evidence will be judged.
NCTM CAEP Online Report Compiler Training Dates
Middle Grades Math Teacher Preparation Program
Elementary Math Specialist Advanced Preparation Program
Using Course Grades and or Transcript Analysis as an Assessment of Candidate Content Knowledge
The approval of the NCTM CAEP Standards (2012) provides the impetus for updating how the CAEP guidelines for documenting course grades as an assessment are applied by programs electing to use grades in mathematics courses as an assessment of candidate content knowledge.
Course grades may be used with the NCTM CAEP Standards (2012) for only one assessment of candidate content knowledge. Required mathematics or mathematics education courses selected for inclusion must be aligned to elements of the NCTM CAEP Standards (2012) and to the NCTM CAEP Mathematics Content for Secondary, Middle Grades, or Elementary Mathematics Specialist.
Graduate level programs (e.g., MAT or M.Ed.) that rely on undergraduate mathematics coursework taken by program candidates a another institution or in a different academic major must complete a transcript analysis to determine the sufficiency of courses taken and to specify coursework required to remediate mathematics content deficiencies of admitted candidates.
A step-by-step guide for using and documenting course grades based on the NCTM CAEP Standards (2012) and NCTM CAEP Mathematics Content for Secondary, Middle Grades, or Elementary Mathematics Specialist has been developed. In addition, a Template for Course Grades and or Transcript Analysis for each preparation level are available for downloading. The appropriate downloaded form must be used for entering the required information.
Alignments presented below of the NCTM CAEP Standards (2012) with edTPA Mathematics Operational Handbook rubric criteria represent a collaborative effort among NCTM, edTPA, and CAEP.