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Building international standards for Islamic education teacher candidates with reference to CAEP guidelines

Ali I. AlHouli (College of Education, Kuwait University, Kuwait, Kuwait)

Quality Assurance in Education

ISSN: 0968-4883

Article publication date: 14 June 2024

Issue publication date: 27 June 2024




This paper aims to develop precise statements (standards) to describe the knowledge and skills that should be possessed by Islamic education (IE) teacher candidates who receive their initial preparation in various international higher-education institutions. These statements must be compatible with the requirements and guidelines for building specialized standards set by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), so that they can be used for accreditation and improving quality.


Two panels of IE experts participated in developing and validating the standards, using a combination of Delphi and content validity methods. Alongside this research activity, management activity ensured that the process ran smoothly, as the researcher coordinated panels, allocated resources and tracked progress during standard development.


Twenty-six components divided into five standards were developed into a final list based on the panels.


This study provides standards for the preparation of IE teachers in higher-education institutions that can be applied in different countries and geographical regions. Furthermore, it aims to make the subject of IE more comparable with other academic disciplines, and appropriate for CAEP accreditation.



AlHouli, A.I. (2024), "Building international standards for Islamic education teacher candidates with reference to CAEP guidelines", Quality Assurance in Education, Vol. 32 No. 3, pp. 460-477.



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