State Collaboration

AAQEP Collaboration With States

AAQEP cultivates collaborative relationships with individual state education authorities and educator preparation providers within their state in order to:

  • Add value to the quality assurance and improvement process
  • Decrease burden as well as duplication of work for both programs and reviewers
  • Establish and maintain an open channel for communication across the three parties
  • Facilitate ongoing conversation that builds trust and common understanding

AAQEP State Members

  • California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
  • Hawaii Teacher Standards Board
  • Michigan Department of Education
  • Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Nebraska Department of Education
  • New York State Education Department
  • North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and State Board of Education
  • Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission
  • Utah State Board of Education
  • Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board
Click on a state to download its AAQEP MOA.
For contact information, see the
online member directory.

Some form of these conversations is active in all 27 of the states and territories where AAQEP has members, as well as in some states where providers are exploring accreditation options. Ten state authorities have officially joined AAQEP as state members (see inset).

No-Cost Cooperation Agreements

A state may develop an official memorandum of agreement with AAQEP that conveys member benefits to the state authority, including free or discounted participation in AAQEP events, and clarifies the state’s position for providers that wish to pursue AAQEP accreditation. View the MOA template here, or contact us to get one started for your state.

Monthly Cross-State Collaborative Calls

Open to All Interested State Personnel

AAQEP convenes a monthly video call for any interested state colleagues to support cross-state discussion around educator preparation quality, state approval, and national accreditation. For 2021-22, these conversations are scheduled for 3:00-4:00 p.m. Eastern time on 9/23, 10/14, 11/18, 12/16, 1/13, 2/17, 3/17, 4/14, 5/12, and 6/16. To receive an invitation, contact Karen Lowenstein.

State Connections With Site Visits

AAQEP welcomes participation of state observers in site visits and even conducts join visits with state reviewers in states whose cooperation agreements include such a specification. AAQEP staff work with host providers to coordinate any state involvement in their reviews.