CEHS facilitates and supports national accreditation and state academic program approval; coordinates assessments related to program continuous quality improvements; acquires, organizes and validates data to advise leadership; oversees the measurement of candidate and student learning outcomes; and is responsible for the preparation of institutional, state and national reports.
The accreditation of Educator Preparation Providers (EPPs) is granted by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, or CAEP. Through its accreditation process, CAEP assures the quality of educator preparation and supports continuous improvement in order to strengthen P-12 student learning. The EPP at WVU has earned national accreditation by demonstrating excellence in the areas of content and pedagogy, clinical experiences, selectivity, program impact, and capacity for continuous improvement. The following initial licensure programs were reviewed during the March 2019 Site Visit and our accredited through Fall 2026.
- Art Education: Undergraduate/Graduate
- Music Education: Undergraduate/Graduate
- Agricultural Education: Undergraduate/Graduate
- Physical Education: Undergraduate/Graduate
- Special Education, Multicategorical K-12: Graduate
- Special Education, Preschool: Undergraduate
- Early Childhood Education: Undergraduate
- Elementary Education: Undergraduate/Graduate
- English Secondary Education: Undergraduate/Graduate
- Social Studies Secondary Education: Undergraduate/Graduate
- Secondary Mathematics Education: Undergraduate/Graduate
- Secondary Science Education: Undergraduate/Graduate
- General Science
Within the same site visit WVU had one advanced program reviewed and accredited through Fall 2026.
- Literacy Education: Graduate
Specialized Professional Associations (SPA) National Recognition
Many of the educator preparation programs within CEHS have program-specific accrediting agencies that require the periodic submission of progress reports. Known as Specialized Professional Associations (SPAs), these agencies require the preparation of “SPA reports” that are submitted to the SPA as well as to CAEP. For our CEHS education preparation programs, these SPAs include:
Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
- Special Education - Multicategorical, Post-Baccalaureate
International Literacy Association (ILA)
- Literacy Education - Master's Program
National Association for Education of Young Children
- Pre-School Education - Birth to Pre-K Baccalaureate
National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)
- Social Studies - Secondary Education B.A.
- Social Studies - MAC or Post-Baccalaureate
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
- Mathematics - MAC or Post-Baccalaureate
- Mathematics - WVUteach
WVU is consistently outpacing the Statewide Pass Rate.
Accreditation of Graduate Counseling Programs
The PhD program in Counseling Psychology is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) to provide doctoral-level education in counseling psychology.
For more information, please contact:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Master of Arts in Counseling - Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
This program is one of two counselor education programs in the state of West Virginia that is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling - Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
The Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling program was accredited as a dual specialty program in clinical rehabilitation counseling and clinical mental health counseling by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) in July 2017. One of only 23 such programs in the country, the WVU program was awarded full accreditation until 2024.
Those who graduated between December 2016 and July 2017 and have met the criteria for graduating from the CACREP program in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling program are grandfathered into the designation. This means they can report having graduated from a CACREP program with a specialization in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling and one in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. These distinctions are important in applying for certifications, licensures, and for some employment sites.
In the spring of 2013, the board members of the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) and CACREP directed their respective leaders to work toward developing a relationship between the two organizations that would protect and benefit students in rehabilitation counseling programs who were legitimately preparing counselors to work as independent mental health counseling practitioners. In 2015, they announced a merger of the two organizations with CACREP assuming the accreditation responsibilities of programs that have been CORE-accredited effective July 1, 2017.
This is one in a long line of firsts for the program. In August of 1955, one of seven federal grants available for establishing a graduate rehabilitation counselor education program under PL 565 was awarded to WVU. This was in response to the Vocational Rehabilitation Amendments (federal legislation) that established funding sources for college and university training of rehabilitation professionals. The rehabilitation counselor education program started in 1955 with the first students enrolled in January 1956 and the first graduating class in 1957.
In 1974, it was one of the first programs accredited by CORE. Students admitted in the fall of 1975 were the first who could report having graduated under the status of CORE accreditation.
For more information, please contact:
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
Alexandria, VA 22314
Accreditation of Graduate Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Programs
The master’s program in speech-language pathology at West Virginia University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.
The doctorate program in audiology at West Virginia University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.
CAEP Annual Reporting Measures
As part of our national accreditation process we are required to report eight measures of program effectiveness.
- Impact on P-12 Learning and Development
- Indicators of Teaching Effectiveness
- Satisfaction of Employers and Employment Milestones
- NExT Supervisor’s Survey (2017-2020)
Satisfaction of Completers
- Graduation Rates
- Ability of Completers to Meet State Certification Requirements
- Ability of Completers to be Hired
- Student Loan Default Rates