Members & Partners

AAQEP membership is open to any institution, organization, or state authority concerned with quality in educator preparation.

Maintaining annual membership in the association is a requirement for accredited programs to preserve their status—so all accredited programs are also regular members, but not all regular members have earned accreditation yet.

Primary Contacts

Each member institution/organization must designate one Primary Contact for its AAQEP membership. This individual will receive all membership-related communications and will have administrative permissions to update the web account for both the institution/organization and any other individuals associated with it.

In addition, each member has an option to designate an Affiliate Contact who will share administrative permissions for the AAQEP web account.

Additional Representatives

AAQEP sets no limit on the number of individuals from a member institution/organization who can participate in the association and access member benefits. Once a membership is active, anyone affiliated with the member institution/organization may set up a linked AAQEP web account.

Membership Categories

  • Regular members are educator preparation providers that are full participants in the AAQEP accreditation system. Regular membership fees are determined based on the number of program completers.

  • Affiliate members are either educator preparation providers that are considering or exploring accreditation through AAQEP or corporate or nonprofit partners.

  • State members are states or territories that sign a cost-free partnership agreement with AAQEP. This official Memorandum of Agreement conveys member benefits to the state authority, including free participation in AAQEP events, and clarifies the state’s position for providers that wish to pursue AAQEP accreditation. For details about MOAs and other connections between AAQEP and states, visit the state collaboration page.

Member Benefits

Effective immediately upon joining AAQEP, members enjoy access to a robust menu of supports and free or discounted events. All individuals affiliated with a member institution/organization may access the benefits associated with their membership tier. These benefits include:

Benefit Regular Affiliate
Participation in the accreditation system, including assignment to an AAQEP liaison and peer cohort with optional monthly meetings X  
Access to expert staff with deep experience in the field X X
Free Quality Assurance Review webinars addressing a series of key steps in the accreditation process X X
Free Brown Bag Quarterly webinars featuring member presentations on work related to a particular aspect of the AAQEP standards X X
Free online Open Forums and Collaborative Conversations organized in response to member interest X X
Discounted fees for consulting and event registration X X

Learn more about the no-cost online events for members.

Annual Dues

Membership fees are due annually by July 1, but you can join at any time. New members are billed a prorated amount based on the quarter when they join.

Member Type
& Program Size

Annual Dues

"This process was exactly what we were seeking in an accreditation review. We desire high standards and value external perspectives. It is easy, especially in our geographic location, to become isolated. It is also easy to focus only on STATE particulars. But the value of engaging in the national conversation cannot be underestimated. AAQEP provides a rigorous and collegial context for this kind of formative conversation.

The process was not simply compliance. The process challenged us to ask meaningful questions about what we do well and where we can improve."

— Accredited member

Regular Member, up to 100 completers per year $2,750
Regular Member, 101-500 completers per year $3,750
Regular Member, over 500 completers per year $5,250
Affiliate Member $1,450
State Member Free with MOA