Siena's initial teacher preparation/certification programs prepare students to teach in secondary schools (grades 7-12), as well as in upper elementary grades (5-6) when those grades are housed in a middle school. The Education Department and its professional teacher preparation/certification education programs are:

  • accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education,
  • recognized by their respective program associations, and
  • registered with the New York State Education Department. 


All of Siena’s professional education programs prepare individuals to work as secondary school (grades 7-12) teachers or serve in other roles in schools and organizations.

  • NCATE accredited means that our teacher licensure programs has undergone rigorous, external unbiased review by professionals and public representatives to meet the needs of today’s classroom and assures all of meeting national standards set by the teaching field.
  • Recognition of our education programs provides added assurance to students, prospective students  and employers that our degree programs meet the highest professional standards and received the teaching profession’s ‘seal of approval.'
  • Graduates of NCATE-accredited teacher preparation programs are in high demand because they are well-prepared for initial licensing.
  • This recognition demonstrates that our teacher candidates have been systematically assessed both content professional standards and performance wise, before they are recommended for NYS teacher licensure to help k-12 students learn.

TRANSITION TO AAQEP (Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation)

Siena College is transitioning from CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation) and 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 Siena College are considered to be continuously accredited for purposes of meeting the New York State requirement that all such programs maintain continuous accreditation.