A program has an articulated curriculum for its educational programs and demonstrates a continuous process for improvement of its curriculum.


An ACPE program’s curriculum describes the knowledge, skills, attitudes, values, and accomplishments expected of the student in accordance with the ACPE Objectives and Outcomes and if applicable, the Certified Educator Competencies. See Certified Educator CPE for more information.

An ACPE program regularly assesses and reviews its curriculum in pursuit of the best educational experience for students.


In assessing this area, reviewers will look at the program’s:

A. Articulation of the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values that it expects students to gain in their program.
B. Evidence of alignment with ACPE Objectives and Outcomes and if applicable, Certified Educator Competencies.
C. Defined process for continuous review, assessment, and updates (action-reflection-action)
D. Engagement of its stakeholders in the review process
E. Utilization of the 400 hours required for a unit or the 240 hours required for a half unit of CPE. See also Defining a Unit or Half-Unit of CPE for more information.

Items that must be included in the program’s portfolio:

  1. A written curriculum for all CPE program levels for which the center is accredited
  2. A presentation that highlights the curricular features that are specific to the center and that offers a rationale for features that differ from standard practices for ACPE programs
  3. A curriculum crosswalk of curricular topics and ACPE Objectives and Outcomes and Certified Educator Competencies (if applicable)
  4. A written plan and procedure defining the program’s process of curricular review, assessment, and updating. The plan should include course content and materials; success with respect to student achievement measured by course completion rate; educational methods and supervisory relationships; student to educator ratio; appropriate levels of challenge in individual learning contracts; assessment of students’ experience of the curriculum.
  5. A presentation of the impact of revisions to the overall program resulting from the program’s assessment/review process and its use of student survey/interview, other stakeholder interviews and/or focus groups, and assessment/evaluation tools.