Accreditation

Annual Reports and Accreditation Information

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

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.


School of Education Accrediting Bodies

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

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 Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

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. In addition, institutional accreditation assures quality by verifying that an institution is engaged in continuous improvement.

The University of St. Thomas has been approved for the Open Pathway for Reaffirmation of Accreditation. The two components of the Open Pathway are the Assurance Review and the Quality Initiative. The University of St. Thomas timeline includes an Assurance Review in 2017-18 and a Comprehensive Evaluation (including a site visit) in 2023-24.