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College of Education Accreditations
Tennessee Tech University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools (SACS). The College of Education is fully accredited by CAEP and each department within the college is accredited in their respective areas.


The College of Education at Tennessee Tech University is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Preparation (CAEP) (formerly NCATE), Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 500, Washington, D.C. 20036, phone: (202) 466-7496.

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  • This accreditation includes undergraduate and graduate levels of professional education programs offered at Tennessee Tech. Accreditation is the process by which the profession of teaching declares its expectations for teacher education and applies these expectations to institutions that prepare members of the profession.
  • NCATE establishes standards and procedures to carry out the accreditation process and provides training for those who conduct on-site review of higher education institutions.
  • The essential function of external, national accreditation is to provide professional judgment of the quality of a teacher education program and to encourage continuous improvement in the program.
  • Institutions that are accredited nationally are required to provide quality professional education programs that foster competent practice by graduates of their programs.
  • As a part of the accrediting process, the College of Education must meet rigorous standards of excellence developed by professional educators.
  • The College must demonstrate that its programs reflect established knowledge and sound professional practice, must establish and uphold national standards of excellence, and must strengthen the quality and integrity of professional education. Through the accreditation process, NCATE provides assurance to the public that professionally accredited units have met national professional standards.
  • In a number of states, graduates of NCATE-accredited professional education programs are eligible for interstate reciprocity when applying for a license.
  • To determine if they qualify for such reciprocity, graduates of Tennessee Tech should contact the Certification Analyst for the College of Education or the State Director of Teacher Education and Certification or Licensure in the state in which they are interested in practicing.



  • National Association of Schools of Music, establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials. The Department of Music has been accredited with NASM since 1967.

Additional Initiatives:


TTU's College of Education is taking part in the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) Ready2Teach program. The primary goals of the Ready2Teach Initiative are to:

  • Prepare teacher candidates so that they have a positive impact on student performance from the first time they enter the classroom.
  • Work collaboratively with schools to improve outcomes for students, schools, and communities.


TTU's College of Education is working with Tk20, a comprehensive data and reporting system that will improve our processes, manage candidate transition points, and track key assessments in program coursework.

Expect More, Achieve More

Expect More, Achieve More: The coalition is a statewide alliance of business, community, and education organizations in Tennessee that supports high academic standards in public education. The coalition's goal is to build statewide and local engagement, support, and awareness of Tennessee's efforts to raise the bar in the classroom so that every student graduates high school prepared for college and the workforce.