Accreditations & Initiatives
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.
- Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, accredits master’s and doctoral degree programs in counseling and its related specialities offered by colleges and universities in the U.S. and internationally.
National Association of Schools of Art and Design, establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials. The Department of Art has been accredited with NASAD since 2008.
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.