CAEP Accreditation Resources 

Five Towns College is committed to graduating excellent Music Educators who are dedicated, proficient, collaborative, reflective and who meet the needs of all learners.

  • The College holds an Absolute Charter issued by the NYS Board of Regents and its programs of study are registered with the New York State Education Department (NYSED).
  • The College is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).
  • Its teacher education division is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) now the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
  • Five Towns College is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
Five Towns College will be adhering to both CAEP and NASM Accreditation Standards through June 30, 2023.
After that date, we will be adhering solely to NASM Accreditation Standards.



The Five Towns college campus location provides a unique opportunity for candidates to impact P-12 learning across Long Island in both Nassau and Suffolk counties. The Music Education program partners with various School Districts across Long Island; these include culturally rich, ethnically diverse, and economically disparate communities where candidates can observe, interact, and teach. These partnerships demonstrate our commitment to serving the education community as well as to provide valuable experiences for our pre-service teachers.

Five Towns College is accredited through the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and adheres to the standards, guidelines, and expectations put forth by the Association. As of June 30, 2023, Five Towns College will be adhering solely to NASM Accreditation Standards. These standards are well suited to align with Five Towns’ Mission which is to offer “a creative learning community that develops in students the knowledge, skills, and competencies necessary to pursue careers in the performing arts, media and communications, business and industry, and the teaching professions.”


Surveys were sent out to six school districts where completers reported they were working. Of the six surveys three were returned but only two were completed for a 33% return rate. For the nine categories provided both respondents rated the employees as effective or highly effective. Both respondents rated FTC graduates as highly effective in the following areas: creating learning experiences that promote active engagement in learning and student achievement; creating and maintaining a positive learning environment; reflective teachers that use a variety of formative and summative assessments; as educators that participate in and utilize professional organizations and resources for continued growth.
We continue to be proud of our completers and look forward to watching their careers blossom.





As a NASM accredited school, Five Towns College recognizes and abides by the Standards and Guidelines provided in the NASM Handbook 2020-2021. In keeping with those standards and guidelines, the Music Education Division addresses the markers of Desirable Attributes, Essential Competencies (Music and Teaching), and Professional Procedures

Initial Certification

Desirable Attributes

Students adhere to a Policy of Dispositions that are evaluated throughout their four years of study. As future educators they are expected to demonstrate professional dispositions—the appropriate values, ethics, and attitudes—that create a safe, positive, equitable, and respectful environment for students, staff, families, and community members. Candidates are rated on 10 standards. The final evaluations on Dispositions come from both of their Cooperating Teachers when Student Teaching in the public schools. Students are rated either 1) Unacceptable, 2) Minimal, 3) Acceptable, 4) Proficient, or 5) Exceed expectations. For the 2021-2022 Academic Year, the average rating of the five (5) students by their Cooperating Teachers was 4.2 – Proficient, with a median score of 4.1.

Essential Competencies 

Five Towns College follows the Guidelines and Standards outlined by NASM as course work for the teacher preparation program. Beginning with application to the Music Education program, students are informed of all the requirements for successful completion of the program. Students are provided with a checklist of all the steps necessary leading to Teacher Certification in NY. Each semester, students review this checklist with their advisor to make sure they are on track to achieve their goals.

Currently in New York, undergraduate students are evaluated on two state examinations to receive Initial   Certification: The Educating All Students exam (EAS) and the Content Specialty Test (CST).  Three of the five 2021-22 graduates chose to take the EAS exam and two of them passed for a 67% pass rate. All five 2021-22 graduates took the CST exam, four of the five students passed for an 80% pass rate, and a total 75% pass rate for both exams. We continue to expect students that students will pass the exams for licensure and are dedicated to teaching our students all they need to know for success.

A composite of scores for the last three years shows an average pass rate of 89% on the EAS, and an average 82% pass rate on the CST, with a total 85% for both exams.

Advanced Certification – There were three graduate completers in the 2021-22 AY. All three successfully achieved the requirements to receive Professional Certification.

Of the five Initial completers four are employed in the public schools, either full or part-time.

Of the three advanced completers two are employed in public schools full-time and one part-time.