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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.

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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:

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American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

  • Foreign Languages - Five-year Master’s program
  • Foreign Languages - MAC or Post-Baccalaureate
cec Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

  • Special Education - Autism, Post-Baccalaureate
  • Special Education - Gifted, Post-Baccalaureate
  • Special Education - Multicategorical Post-Baccalaureate
  • Special Education - Preschool Special Needs, Post-Baccalaureate
  • Special Education - Severe Multiple Disabilities, Post-Baccalaureate
  • Special Education - Visual Impairment, Post-Baccalaureate
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International Literacy Association (ILA)
  • Literacy Education Master's Program
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National Association for Education of Young Children

  • Pre-School Education - Birth to Pre-K Baccalaureate
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  • Social Studies Five-Year Master's Program
  • Social Studies MAC or Post-Baccalaureate
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  • English MAC or Post Baccalaureate
  • English Five-Year Master's Program
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  • Mathematics Five-Year Master's Program
  • Mathematics MAC or Post-Baccalaureate
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  • Biology Five-Year Master's program
  • Biology MAC or Post-Baccalaureate
  • Chemistry Five-Year Master's program
  • Chemistry MAC or Post-Baccalaureate
  • General Science Five-Year Master's program
  • General Science MAC or Post-Baccalaureate
  • Physics Five-Year Master's program
  • Physics MAC or Post-Baccalaureate

    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

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    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
    Phone: 202-336-5979
    Fax: 202-336-5978


    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
    Phone: 703-535-5990
    Fax: 703-739-6209

    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. 

    CAA accredited speech-language pathology  

    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. 

    CAA accredited audiology