The Department of Teaching and Learning offers one of the most comprehensive teacher preparation programs in New York State. The Department’s master's degree programs focus on the different stages of child development from infancy through early childhood, childhood, middle and high school. Successful completion of the teacher education programs qualifies a prospective educator for New York State teacher certification. The Department offers master's programs in Early Childhood/Childhood Education (birth-Grade 6), Childhood/Special Education (Grades 1-6), Adolescence Education (Grades 7- 12), Art Education, Music Education, Special Education (Grades 1-6), Special Education with a concentration in Behavior Analysis (Grades 1-6), and Special Education Generalist (Grades 7-12).
The programs, most recently accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), are currently pursuing accreditation through the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). As per NYS Commissioner of Education Regulation §52.21, the Teacher Education programs at LIU continue to meet the NYS accreditation requirement while pursuing accreditation with the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP).
The mission of the Department of Teaching and Learning is the generation, preservation, dissemination, and application of knowledge and research in the fields of teacher education for the benefit of students, public/private schools, and agencies in the Long Island and metropolitan New York community. The Department provides premier instructional, applied research, and public service programming in an open and welcoming environment. We fulfill our commitment to quality by using advanced instructional technologies, fostering lifelong learning, promoting cultural diversity, and working in partnership with our service communities. The programs are accredited, signifying that they meet the highest standards of quality in preparing competent, caring and qualified professional educators who will teach and lead in pre-K through grade 12 schools.