Hawai’i Pacific University Education Programs Receive National Accreditation

Valentina M. Abordonado, Ph.D Director, HPU School of Education
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Valentina M. Abordonado, Ph.D  Director, HPU School of Education
Valentina M. Abordonado, Ph.D Director, HPU School of Education

HONOLULU – Hawai’i Pacific University’s School of Education recently completed accreditation of its education programs by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the nation’s leading accreditor.

“The CAEP accreditation shows the ongoing commitment of HPU’s academic programs to educate graduates who have a meaningful impact in our community,” said provost Matthew Liao-Troth, Ph.D. “HPU’s education faculty, students and alumni should be commended not only for this national accreditation, but also the vital role they continue to fill in educating children.”


CAEP advances excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning. The HPU School of Education’s Bachelor of Education in elementary education, Master of Education in elementary education, and Master of Education in secondary education programs are now accredited by CAEP through 2019.

“We’re pleased that the quality and rigor of our degree programs have been affirmed by this national accreditation decision,” said Valentina M. Abordonado, Ph.D., director of the HPU school of education. “It also conveys to the profession of education that our standards-driven, inquiry-oriented, field-based, and technology-rich programs well prepare our graduates to address the academic and socio-emotional needs of Hawai’i’s children.”

HPU has maintained its reputation for excellence in teacher preparation since the program’s inception in the fall of 2005. These programs play an important role in meeting the critical need for teachers in the State of Hawai’i. The HPU school of education prepares candidates for licensure in elementary and secondary education and has recommended 231 teachers for licensure since its implementation.

HPU’s undergraduate and graduate education programs are also approved by the Hawai’i Teacher Standards Board (HTSB).

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation was formed when the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) consolidated to a single accreditation agency.

Celebrating nearly 50 years, Hawai’i Pacific University (HPU) is the state’s leading independent, non-profit university with a dedicated and accomplished faculty, and a student population recognized as among the most diverse in the nation. With its core campus in the heart of Honolulu’s business district, and campuses at Makapu’u Point, Kāneʻohe and O’ahu military bases, HPU gives students a distinct blend of small class sizes, hands-on learning opportunities, and global perspectives. HPU offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate programs for those seeking an educational adventure in the center of the Pacific Rim.





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