Northern Arizona University is proud to have the College of Education accredited by several agencies
In addition to the accreditation NAU receives from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the College of Education is pleased to share that our department and programs are also accredited by several accrediting bodies. Northern Arizona University received numerous accolades and a strong recommendation for continued accreditation in a report from the Higher Learning Commission.
The final report, released in March 2014, was the result of the commission’s October 2013 site visit to NAU as part of the university’s accreditation renewal process, a standard practice that occurs every 10 years as a way of ensuring that degree-granting educational institutions are meeting the expectations outlined by the accrediting agency. For more information on institutional accreditation, please visit the Vice Provost for Teaching, Learning Design and Assessment page.
American Psychological Association (APA)
The APA Commission on Accreditation (CoA) has issued a Notice of Actions indicating that the NAU Counseling/School Psychology program has been granted initial Accreditation, on contingency. According to the CoA Accreditation Operating Procedures, “‘Accredited, on contingency’ is granted to a doctoral program when the program demonstrates initial evidence of educational quality consistent with the SoA [Standards of Accreditation] and the capacity to meet all accreditation standards in the designated time frame. Review for this status requires matriculation of students, clinical evaluations of students in practicum, evidence of the integration of science and practice, and significant resource allocation.”
Students who complete a program that is recognized as “accredited, on contingency” effective before their graduation date will have completed an APA accredited program. Accreditation is effective from the last date of the site visit, April 6, 2017. The CoA will conduct its next review of the NAU program in 2020, at which time the program will be considered for full accreditation status.
To view the program’s accreditation status, see the APA-Accredited Programs website. Questions related to the program’s accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:
The American Psychological Association Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street, NE
Washington, D.C. 20002-4242
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
More than 40 education programs across four colleges at Northern Arizona University have been nationally accredited through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)—making NAU one of 43 providers from 22 states and the only institute of higher education in Arizona to be honored with this distinction. In Fall 2017 the NAU College of Education received notice from the CAEP Board that all bids for re-accreditation were accepted with no stipulations.
National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
The School Psychology programs in Northern Arizona University’s Department of Educational Psychology have received full approval from the National Association of School Psychologists. The department, which is home to a master’s and Ph.D. programs in school psychology, earned accreditation without any provisions through 2021. “I commend you and your colleagues for developing a high-quality program commensurate with national standards,” said Patti L. Harrison, chair of the NASP program approval board, in her letter to the college.
Council for Accreditation and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
Our MEd School Counseling and MA Counseling programs were first accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) in 1998. These programs have maintained continuous accreditation status, which is valid through March 31, 2022.