CEHS Office of Accreditation and Records
The Office of Accreditation and Records (OAR) in the College of Education and Human Services at WVU 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 Competer 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 Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) to provide doctoral-level education in counseling psychology. Initially accredited in 1989, the next accreditation site visit is scheduled for 2017.
For more information, please contact:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
The Counseling MA program currently offers two majors, Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling. As of 2016, the programs are accredited by CACREP in Community Counseling and School Counseling and undergoing review in 2016. If successful, they will receive accreditation in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling. At present, they are the only counseling program in West Virginia accredited by CACREP.
The M.S. degree program in rehabilitation counseling is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) until July 1, 2017 when CACREP will assume the accreditation duties. In 2015, a new major was added to the degree. The Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling major will be undergoing a review in 2017 for consideration as a dually accredited program in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Programs that successfully complete the dual accreditation review conducted jointly by CACREP and CORE will then be allowed to remain dually accredited through October 31, 2023.
For more information, please contact:
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 510
Alexandria, VA 22314
Council on Rehabilitation Education
1699 E. Woodfield Road, Suite 300
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Phone: (847) 944-1345
Fax: (847) 944-1346
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.