NCATE and Professional Accreditation


Siena College Education Department is fully accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation for Teacher Education. NCATE is the teaching profession’s organization to help establish high quality teacher, specialist and administrator preparation. It is a non-profit accrediting body that accredits schools, colleges, and departments of education in U.S. colleges and universities, as well as non-university entities that prepare educators for P-12 schools.


 The Education Department and it's professional education programs are registered with the New York State Education Department  (NYSED). All initial teacher preparation and certification programs lead to teacher licensure in New York State with certification in grades 7-12 and/or grades 5-6.


STATE OF THE PROGRAM-Professional Association Accreditation and Nationally Recognized Programs

Our individual programs are also nationally recognized by the specialty proffessional associations that guide different fields within education. Professional associations below in conjunction with NCATE reviews our programs, assessments and student outcomes, and confer national recognition on the education our graduates receive. A decision of national recognition indicates that a program, initial or advanced, has met professional standards and will continue the designation through the next review, five to seven years. Nationally recognized programs at Siena College meet standards established by NCATE and specialized professional associations (SPA) that is a member organization of NCATE. The following professional education programs are offered that lead to the baccalaureate degree and/or initial certification:

The mathematics education program, Grades 7-12 and/or 5-6: granted full national recognition by the NCATE and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.



The English/Language Arts education program, Grades 7-12 and/or 5-6 is nationally and fully recognized by NCATE and National Council of Teachers of English.


The Science teacher education programs in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics in Grades 7-12 and/or 5-6 have been fully and nationally recognized by NCATE and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).


The Modern Languages and Education Department’s French and Spanish Education programs in grades 7-12 and/or 5-6 are fully and nationally recognized by the NCATE and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).



The Social Studies’ History and American Studies teacher preparation programs in grades 7-12 and/or 5-6: nationally recognized with conditions by NCATE and the National Council for the Social Studies.


The School of Business and Education Department’s Business Education program in Business & Marketing and Business & Finance Grades 7-12 are recognized by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. We are the only AACSB accredited business program in a Franciscan college in the United States.