National Accreditation Council for Teacher Education, NACTE Pakistan


Who we are

The National Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (NACTE) was established in December 2006 by Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. It was established with a mandate to accredit teacher education programs offered by public and private sector universities and teacher education institutions in Pakistan. Main focus of NACTE is to serve as a national resource to accredit and certify teacher education programmes based on the accreditation standards underlying the framework of the National Professional Standards for Teachers in Pakistan. Ultimate objective is to promote excellence in teacher education through evidence-based accreditation of teacher education programs for preparing professionally competent teachers. NACTE has developed a rigorous accreditation mechanism, which includes National Accreditation Standards for Teacher Education in Pakistan operationalized in terms of quality indicators, accreditation tools for seeking evidence on quality indicators of a teacher education program, data analysis system and decision-making procedures. NACTE is committed to support institutions seeking accreditation of teacher education programs. Online and face to face orientation meetings with faculty and administrative staff of the institutions are organized to make them understand the accreditation requirements. NACTE will continue to promote and ensure quality of teacher education to warrant better preparation of teachers to meet the challenges and opportunities of a global society.

  • All the existing teacher education degree programmes shall be within the jurisdiction of the Council. Any new programme in teacher education shall also be referred to the Council for the grant of accreditation.
  • The accreditation will be for specific degree programmes and not institutions.
  • Accreditation shall be mandatory for all relevant academic programmes offered by public and private sector institutions.
  • The Council shall assist and advise teacher education institutions in planning their academic and professional programmes.
  • The Council shall support the intellectual development of prospective teachers (students) interested in pursuing the teaching profession and provide professional assistance to the concerned organizations.
  • The Council shall consider the following aspects using set criterion for granting accreditation of degree programmes in teacher education subjects: -

• Overall scope of the programme.
• Curricula/syllabi matching with the level of degree programme.
• The requisite infrastructure.
• The faculty- number and qualifications.
• Level of compatibility with international standards and trends.
• Level of skills to be developed by the programme.
• Student support services.
• The library facilities.
• Internship/practice teaching facilities.
• Facilitate for student activities and other amenities.
• Financial assistance/loan etc.
• Level of job placement of graduates.
• Level of market needs fulfillment


Following Shall Be The Functions of The Council:
• To study and develop policies and processes for accreditation of teacher education programmes leading to a degree or a post graduate diploma.
• To lay down criteria on which teacher education degree programmes shall be assessed and equated.
• To inspect teacher education institutions for ascertaining whether those institutions are functioning in accordance with the provision of relevant universities’ regulations.
• To approve a list of auditors for different fields to participate in the process of accreditation of teacher education programmes.
• To constitute an Accreditation Inspection Committee (AIC) to evaluate and audit process from the list of auditors. The said committee will send its recommendations to the Council for making decision. The selection criteria for such auditors will be made by the Council.
• To propose, consider and approve the policies and procedures for accreditation.
• To consider and make decision on any appeal with regard to accreditation
• To publish a list of ranking of teacher education programmes.
• To promote intellectual development and understanding of subject areas that impact accreditation related activities in the teaching profession.
• To collect, collate, index, publish, and disseminate information and research findings on teaching profession and to support the teacher education institutions for quality assurance.
• To prepare guidelines and procedures to train programme auditors and guide them how to assist the institutions in planning their academic programmes for accreditation purpose and future progress.
• To prepare annual report on the activities of the Council and submit it to the Chairperson HEC.

Process of Accreditation

All teacher education programmes being offered or to be initiated in future within the jurisdiction of the Council will receive accreditation from the Council under the following procedure: -

  • Any institution planning to offer a teacher education course/programme may apply to the Chairperson, NACTE.
  • The application must contain/attach following information:
  • • Title of the course
    • Duration of the course
    • Level of the training
    • Minimum eligibility qualification etc.
    • The scheme of studies i.e. course outlines with suggested readings and credit hours for each course.
    • Staff with their qualifications (academic and professional)
    • Books and journals available in the library
    • Other facilities available in the institution i.e. laboratories, playgrounds, equipment, etc.
    • Buildings and infrastructure.
    • Other programmes being run.
  • Accreditation Inspection Committee formed under clause (4) of 11 above may assess each case and make its recommendations to the Council for further consideration and approval.
  • Principal/Chairman/Head of an institution can lodge a written appeal to the Controlling Authority if there is a rejection to the grant of accreditation to a programme.
  • The Controlling Authority will form an Appeal Committee comprising the following:-
  • • The Chairman Council
    • Dean, Faculty of Education of a university (other than the appellant’s university) to be nominated by the Chairperson, HEC.
    • One member of the Council to be nominated by the Chairperson, HEC from the list of the Council members)
    • A senior teacher educator/head of an accredited teacher education institution to be nominated by the Chairperson, HEC.
  • The Committee will review the appeal and send its recommendations/comments to the Controlling Authority for decision.