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association for advancing quality in educator preparation logoSyracuse University is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). The programs listed below have been awarded full accreditation by AAQEP through December 31, 2027. Full accreditation acknowledges that a program prepares effective educators who continue to grow as professionals and has demonstrated the commitment and capacity to maintain quality. Teacher preparation and other professional school personnel programs offered by Syracuse University are recognized by the New York State Education Department as fully accredited. Our AAQEP accredited programs are:

  • Art Education, B.F.A. and M.S. (initial); M.S. (advanced)
  • Early Childhood Special Education, M.S. (initial)
  • English Education 7-12, B.A. and M.S. (initial)
  • Health & Physical Education, B.S. (initial)
  • Physical Education, B.S. (initial)
  • Inclusive Early Childhood and Special Education, B.S. (initial)
  • Inclusive Elementary and Special Education, B.S. (initial)
  • Inclusive Special Education, Grades 1-6, M.S. (advanced)
  • Inclusive Special Education: Grades 7-12 General Education, M.S. (initial)
  • Literacy Education: Birth-Grade 12, M.S. (advanced)
  • Mathematics Education 7-12, B.S. and M.S. (initial)
  • Music Education, B.S. and M.S. (initial); M.Mus. and M.S. (advanced)
  • Science Education (Biology) 7-12, B.A., B.S., and M.S. (initial)
  • Science Education (Chemistry) 7-12, B.A., B.S., and M.S. (initial)
  • Science Education (Earth Science) 7-12, B.A., B.S., and M.S. (initial)
  • Science Education (Physics) 7-12, B.A., B.S., and M.S. (initial)
  • Social Studies Education 7-12, B.A. and M.A. (initial)
  • Spanish Education 7-12, B.A. (initial)
  • Teaching English Language Learners, M.S. (initial and advanced)
  • Educational Leadership, C.A.S. (advanced)

From the Expectations Framework for programs accredited by the AAQEP:

“AAQEP is an accreditation organization for educator preparation programs. AAQEP was founded by educators in 2017 to promote the preparation of effective educators in innovative, outcome-focused programs that engage education’s toughest challenges directly and in context. AAQEP’s comprehensive standards for educator preparation specify aspects of completer performance and program practice that identify effective programs and that qualify those programs for AAQEP accreditation.”

Professional accreditation is the bedrock upon which all professions have built their reputations, assuring that those entering the respective field have been suitably prepared to practice through acquisition of a body of knowledge and pre-service practice in the profession. Accreditation of schools of education indicates that the school underwent rigorous external review by professionals, that performance of a teacher candidate in the program has been thoroughly assessed before they are recommended for licensure, and that programs meet standards set by the teaching profession at large.