Saint Peter’s University Earns National AAQEP Accreditation for Educator Preparation Programs

Jersey City, N.J. – August 8, 2023 – The Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP) has awarded full 7-year accreditation to the initial and advanced education programs in the Caulfield School of Education at Saint Peter’s University. Following a rigorous self-study and peer review process, the accreditation was issued with an acknowledgement of Saint Peter’s preparation of candidates to “work effectively as professional educators who can adapt to different contexts and grow professionally.”

“The Caulfield School of Education is honored to be recognized by AAQEP as it validates the quality of our programs and the outcomes achieved by our graduates,” said Stephanie Squires, Ph.D., dean of the Caulfield School of Education. “We take great pride that our School was recognized for the consistent analysis of our programs and for the innovative changes we make to benefit our students.”

National accreditation assures the quality of professional preparation programs through a nongovernmental, nonregulatory process of self-study and peer review. This standards- and evidence-based process serves two broad aims: accountability and continuous improvement. The AAQEP model is also designed to honor local context and foster innovation and collaboration among institutions. AAQEP currently has members in 35 states and other jurisdictions with some 190 educator preparation providers participating in the accreditation system.

“Congratulations to Saint Peter’s University and to all of the faculty, staff and stakeholders who have achieved their goal of national accreditation by AAQEP,” said AAQEP President and CEO Mark LaCelle-Peterson. “The Caulfield School of Education engages intentionally with local communities to ensure candidates are prepared to make a difference as professionals.”

Saint Peter’s Caulfield School of Education prepares motivated students to become outstanding teachers, administrators and counselors. From innovative curriculum to mentoring by experienced faculty, students in the undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and online programs receive an education attuned to today’s profession.

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For more than 150 years Saint Peter’s University, inspired by its Jesuit, Catholic identity, commitment to individual attention and grounding in the liberal arts, educates a diverse community of learners in undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and professional programs to excel intellectually, lead ethically, serve compassionately and promote justice in our ever-changing urban and global environment. To learn more, please visit

Founded in 2017, AAQEP is a membership association and quality assurance agency that provides accreditation services and formative support to all types of educator preparation providers. The organization promotes excellent, effective, and innovative educator preparation that is committed to evidence-based improvement in a collaborative professional environment. AAQEP is nationally recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Visit for more information.


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