Program Accreditation provides recognition that the content and quality of the program has been evaluated and meets standards set by the profession. Students and their families can be assured that appropriate knowledge and skill areas are included and that the program is stable, both professionally and financially.
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
The School of Education is currently accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). NCATE seeks to ensure that accredited institutions produce competent, caring, and qualified teachers and other professional school personnel who can help all students learn. NCATE was recently merged with another accreditor to form the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and CAEP Standards became the sole accreditation criteria for teacher preparation in fall 2016. CAEP-accredited programs are reviewed against professionally approved standards, ensuring a high quality academic program.
NDSU's Teacher Education programs have been granted full accreditation at the initial-licensure level. Those programs are: agricultural education, art, biological sciences, business, chemistry, comprehensive science, earth science, English, English/Communications, family and consumer sciences, French, health, history, mathematics, music (instrumental and/or vocal), physical education, physics, social science, and Spanish.
This Accreditation status is effective between Fall 2019 and Fall 2026. The next site visit will take place in Spring 2026.
Council for the Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
The Counselor Education programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs. CACREP accredits master’s and doctoral degree programs in counseling and its specialties that are offered by colleges and universities in the United States and throughout the world. CACREP -accredited programs are reviewed against professionally approved standards, ensuring a high quality academic program.
Because of our CACREP-accreditation status, students may obtain the National Board for Certified Counselor's (NBCC) National Certified Counselor (NCC) status while still in the master's program. Information about requirements can be found at their website: http://www.nbcc.org/
NDSU's Counselor Education programs are currently under review by CACREP and will submit our self-study report in summer 2019. We have a site visit scheduled during the 2019-20 academic year and will know the final results of the reaccreditation process shortly thereafter.