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  • Annual Reports and Accreditation Information

    CELC Logo for Accredidation

    As you expect from St. Thomas, CELC is held to the highest academic standards. Please see our supporting documents to the right.

    As of November 2012, the University of St. Thomas College of Education, Leadership and Counseling School of Education completed an on-site re-accreditation visit with NCATE, the Minnesota Board of School Administrators and the Minnesota Board of Teaching. Hosting three concurrent review teams was unprecedented, and the review results were exceptional: CELC has been recommended by the Board of Examiners as having met all standards with no areas for improvement. The Minnesota Board of School Administrators granted the college continuing approval for its administrative licensure programs. In addition, the Minnesota Board of Teaching granted CELC Full Continuing Approval for seven years—through June, 2020—which is the longest possible interim period between accreditation visits.

    CELC continues to hold its students, faculty and staff to the highest standards, and we are proud to have our strengths recognized by these three significant accrediting agencies.

    The University of St. Thomas is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution.  Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.

  • The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

    NCATE Accredited Institution information.

    Recognized nationally for our excellence through NCATE accreditation, at CELC you can be sure that you will receive a top-notch education from instructors that have a balance of real-world experience and teaching capabilities. The School of Education’s programs are standard-based, rooted in the liberal arts and emphasize ethical practice, and scholarship.  Not only will these programs at the University of St. Thomas provide a dedicated, support system of renowned professors specific to your field of study, but all of our programs meet the most recent licensure requirements established by the state of Minnesota and are accredited by NCATE and approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching.

  • The American Psychological Association (APA)

    American Psychological Association accreditation information.

    The Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of St. Thomas offers the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree in counseling psychology. Our program focuses on training students in counseling psychology by teaching clinical skills within the framework of ethical practice.  The school is committed to an educational process that addresses the diverse needs of students through a variety of learning strategies designed to create a supportive and challenging environment within the university. The Psy.D. Program was accredited by the American Psychological Association in October 2000 and continues to prepare our students for the high-demand field of psychology. Initiated in 1990, our Psy.D. provides practitioner-scholar oriented education for professionals serving the public and private mental health fields, assuring our students will receive top-quality education with a balance of studies and real-work practice.

  • The Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

    Higher Learning Commission Mark of Affiliation

    The University of St. Thomas has maintained continuous accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1916. Institutional accreditation by the HLC, also known as regional accreditation, provides assurance to prospective students and other constituents that course credits and degrees earned from the institution meet quality standards of higher education. The University of St. Thomas is preparing for re-accreditation in 2013. The comprehensive evaluation visit is scheduled for November 2013, by a team representing the HLC.

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