The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and all its programs are approved by the Alabama Department of Education.
NCATE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the accrediting body for colleges and universities that prepare teachers and other professional personnel for work in elementary and secondary schools. Through its voluntary peer review process, NCATE ensures accredited institutions produce competent, qualified teachers and other professional school personnel. NCATE and SACS Accreditation Information.
CACREP is an independent agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit master's degree programs.
AUM is one of only 8 institutions in the state of Alabama to be CACREP accredited. AUM was awarded CACREP accreditation on 7/17/2010. Our accreditation for the Master’s School Counseling and Community Counseling programs expires 10/31/2018.
In the United States, there are two types of accreditation - institutional and specialized. Institutional looks at the entire institution. Specialized accreditors, such as CACREP, look at professional preparation programs within institutions. When programs are reviewed by CACREP, there are a few standards that address issues at the institutional level (such as financial aid), but the application and review focuses on the program that offers the graduate degree in counseling. It is the degree-specific program that holds accreditation, not the department or college in which it is housed. Eligibility for CACREP includes having institutional accreditation, so the institutional issues such as financial viability and resources are addressed.