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The teacher education and educational leadership programs of the School of Education were accredited under the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) Quality Principles through the CAEP accreditation system, in 2014 for a period of seven years. In 2019, the School of Education became members of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). Founded by educators in 2017, AAQEP is an accreditation organization for educator preparation programs that promotes the preparation of effective educators in innovative, outcome-focused programs that engages 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.

Hofstra University is currently pursuing accreditation of its educator preparation programs by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). Pursuant to §52.21 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, the educator preparation programs offered by Hofstra University are considered to be continuously accredited for purposes of meeting the New York State requirement that all such programs maintain continuous accreditation.

Many Hofstra University School of Education programs meet New York State teacher certification requirements. When Hofstra students successfully complete Hofstra's State-approved certification program, they are eligible to apply for state certification though the university. A certification application fee is collected for the State of New York at the time the School of Education recommends the candidate for certification to the state. For detailed information on certification requirements contact the Certification Office, 129 Hagedorn Hall, or call (516) 463-5747. Students can obtain detailed and current information about certification requirements for various educational specialties.