The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) announced that the Nyack College School of Education has been granted accreditation status through spring 2026. No Areas for Improvement (AFIs) were assigned as part of the accreditation designation. This continues the School of Education’s accredited status since 2006.
The achievement comes after review of programs offered in the past four years that led to a first teacher certification, all of which had achieved national recognition by their *Specialized Professional Agencies prior to the review. They include the BS, Childhood Education (ACEI); BS/MS, Childhood Special Education (ACEI, CEC); Mus.B., Music Education (NASM); BS, Early Childhood Education (NAEYC); BS, Early Childhood-Childhood Education (NAEYC, ACEI); BS, Adolescence Education: English Specialization (NCTE); BS, Adolescence Education: History Specialization; BS, Adolescence Education: Mathematics Specialization; M.A.T.,Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Master’s programs leading to advanced levels of teacher certification, which are still operating under an extension of accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), will be up for review by CAEP in the near future. These include the master’s degrees in Childhood Education, Childhood Special Education, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and Inclusive Education.
Director of Assessment and School of Education Accreditation Coordinator Prof. Kristen Luba commented, “It would be easy to say that this achievement is a welcome result for the past few years of diligent work, but the truth is that it represents the culmination of decades of meaningful collaboration and investment. The School of Education community embraces the ‘continuous improvement’ heart of CAEP, and has been steadily ratcheting up its systems and strategies from its inception until now.”
School of Education Dean Dr. JoAnn Looney (pictured above) added, “Kristen’s outstanding and thoughtful leadership was a driving force in our success. Her vision and pursuit of excellence never abated. None of this would be possible without the diligent work of our excellent adjunct, part-time and full-time faculty who understood how the accreditation process can be fruitful as well as formative. Finally, I am very grateful to our school partners as highly supportive professionals who help us prepare our teacher candidates in schools.”
CAEP is the sole nationally recognized accrediting body for educator preparation. Accreditation is a nongovernmental activity based on peer review that serves the dual functions of assuring quality and promoting improvement. CAEP was created by the consolidation of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council. It is a unified accreditation system intent on raising the performance of all institutions focused on educator preparation. Educator preparation providers seeking accreditation must pass peer review on five standards, which are based on two principles: solid evidence that the provider’s graduates are competent and caring educators, and solid evidence that the provider’s educator staff have the capacity to create a culture of evidence and use it to maintain and enhance the quality of the professional programs they offer.
“CAEP-accredited institutions meet high standards so that their students receive an education that prepares them to succeed in a diverse range of classrooms after they graduate,” said Dr. Christopher A. Koch, CAEP president. “Seeking CAEP accreditation is a significant commitment on the part of an educator preparation provider.”
On the importance of this noteworthy milestone, Prof. Luba remarked, “Fifty years of collaboration with gifted local school teachers and administrators who model effective and trending teaching; 50 years of faculty selflessly pouring their hearts into grooming the next generation; 50 years of college students rising to a higher bar fitting of the call; and leaders of vision and integrity like Dr. Ben Schepens and Dr. JoAnn Looney, all along the way—these, by the grace and favor of God, are what this achievement has been built upon.”
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*Specialized Professional Agencies:
• Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)
• Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
• National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
• National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
• National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE)
• Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)