What Is Accreditation?
- to give official authorization to or approval of:
a: to provide with credentials
b: to recognize or vouch for as conforming with a standard
c: to recognize (an educational institution) as maintaining standards that qualify the graduates for admission to higher or more specialized institutions or for professional practice
- to consider or recognize as outstanding
Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 16 Oct. 2013
Accreditation is a process of validation in which colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher learning are evaluated based on established standards and criteria. Accreditation standards are developed and maintained by a peer review board within an accrediting organization. National, state, and professional organizations accreditation and program approval are all aspects of continuous quality assurance efforts at the University of Central Florida and in the College of Education and Human Performance. It is a public statement of our continuing dedication and capacity to provide high quality and effective programs and services to meet the needs of a global community.
The College of Education and Human Performance (CEDHP) has been accredited through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1984. After the most recent NACTE review and site visit in 2012, the Unit Accreditation Board (UAB) determined that the College of Education and Human Performance successfully met all NCATE standards at the initial teacher preparation and advanced preparation levels. This accreditation decision indicates that the unit, and its programs, meet rigorous standards set forth by the professional education community and has maintained continued accreditation status. The CEDHP is also recognized to be at the highest level (i.e., “At Target”) on Standard 3 - Field Experiences and Clinical Practice. The college continually maintains the rigorous standards criteria and is fully accredited through Fall 2019.
In 2013, NCATE and TEAC consolidated into the new accrediting body for educator preparation: The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Therefore, the UCF College of Education and Human Performance is now maintaining CAEP standards in the educator preparation programs and will participate in a CAEP accreditation reaffirmation site visit in Fall 2019.
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Florida Department of Education
Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Program
National Association of School Psychologists