CEHS Office of Accreditation and Records
The CEHS Office of Accreditation and Records (OAR) 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.
Accreditation is a process of external peer review in which institutions of higher learning are evaluated based on a comprehensive set of established standards and criteria. Accreditation is maintained through various state and national professional accrediting bodies. The process of program accreditation provides a means of continuous quality assurance and represent the ongoing dedication of WVU’s College of Education and Human Services to provide effective, high-quality professional programs and services that meet the needs of the local, regional and global community.
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. CEHS has long maintained its national accreditation through NCATE, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. NCATE was subsumed by CAEP in 2013, such that CAEP is now the current accrediting body for EPPs. Following our most recent accreditation review and site visit in March 2012, the Unit Accreditation Board determined that CEHS successfully met all NCATE standards at the initial teacher preparation and advanced preparation levels. This accreditation decision indicates that our institution and its programs meet the rigorous standards set forth by the professional education community and has maintained continued accreditation status. Our current accreditation extends through December 2019.
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:
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
International Literacy Association (ILA)
National Association for Education of Young Children
National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
Professional Education Candidate and Completer Performance Data
CEHS is committed to the use of data to continually improve our programs. Each year, the EPP collects and analyzes data about our program and candidates who are preparing for careers as educators, educational leaders, school counselors and speech pathologists in order to document the effectiveness of and to continually improve our programs. View latest Professional Education Candidate and Completer Performance Data.
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
1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 510
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.