The CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions comprise 44 individual standards in 11 standards areas. They were developed initially by a committee that took into consideration the various English language program standards that existed in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia. The standard areas are based on those required by U.S. Department of Education regulations for accrediting agencies that seek recognition by that agency. The individual standards throughout the standard areas reflect what is considered good practice in the field of English language teaching and administration.
The CEA Standards form the basis for all accreditation activities. At eligibility, applicant programs and schools must have the structures in place to be reviewed on the basis of the standards. The site conducts a self-study and submits a self-study report in which it responds to prompts for each individual standard and evaluates itself against each standard. The review by a site visit team and the accreditation decision by the Commission are based on the site’s compliance with the standards.
The CEA Standards can also serve as standards of good practice for English language professionals and organizations interested in program improvement and especially to anyone in the initial stages of developing a new English language program or institution.
The CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions provides a context for each of the 11 standard areas and a discussion of the intent of each of the 44 individual standards. The current CEA Standards appear below by standard area. Within each standard area, click on the arrow within the small circle to expand the cell to display each standards. The 2019 CEA Standards document, including a context and discussion for each standard area, as well as a Glossary, is considered to be a public document and is available for download as a printable pdf. Sites are subject to the standards in place at the time of their accreditation workshop; contact CEA for additional information.
Because it is important that standards reflect current practice in the profession, the Commission's Standards Review Committee has an on-going standards review process.