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University Accreditation

Illinois State University operates under authority granted by the State of Illinois. Courses of study offered by Illinois State University are those authorized by the state through its Illinois Board of Higher Education.

Accreditation is a voluntary process that provides assurances to the public, in particular to prospective students, that an institution meets clearly stated requirements and criteria. Accreditation assures quality by verifying that an institution meets threshold quality standards and is engaged in continuous improvement.  In Illinois, only accredited institutions are permitted by the Illinois Board of Higher Education to offer post-secondary programs.

Illinois State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. For further information regarding this accreditation, contact North Central Association of Colleges and Schools at 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60602, phone (312) 263-0456.

In July 2005, the Higher Learning Commission granted continued accreditation to Illinois State University for a ten-year period. No follow-up reports or visits were required. The Higher Learning Commission also approved the first distance education program offered by Illinois State University (the RN to B.S.N. program in the Mennonite College of Nursing). For more information on the 2005 Higher Learning Commission decision, see the Self-Study for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (December 2004) and the Report of a Comprehensive Evaluation Visit (February 23-26, 2005).

In January 2013, Illinois State University launched an initiative to seek reaffirmation of accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission in 2015. Illinois State University  is committed to the highest quality education and considers the reaffirmation process an important opportunity for critical self-analysis leading to improvement of its programs and services.

Specialized Program Accreditation

In addition to  being accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Illinois State University offers numerous specialized programs of study and specialized services that have been reviewed for their quality and accredited through discipline-based associations. Specialized accreditation agencies with which Illinois State University is currently associated are identified below. A PDF file of this list is available for downloading and printing.

Specialized Accreditation by Program

Specialized Accreditation by Accrediting Association

Specialized Accreditation by Program


ACADEMIC UNITS


Art, School of [learn more]
National Association of Schools of Art and Design

Business, College of [learn more]
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International

Family and Consumer Sciences, Department of [learn more]
American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences

Music, School of [learn more]
National Association of Schools of Music

Teacher Education Unit [learn more]
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Theatre and Dance, School of [learn more]
National Association of Schools of Theatre


PROGRAMS
(DEGREES, CERTIFICATES, MINORS, CONCENTRATIONS, SEQUENCES)

Accountancy, B.S. [learn more]
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International

Accountancy, Integrated B.S./M.P.A. [learn more]
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International

Accountancy, M.S. [learn more]
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International

Agriculture, B.S., Agriculture Education sequence [learn more]
Illinois State Board of Education. State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board

Art, B.A., B.S. [learn more]
National Association of Schools of Art and Design

Art, B.A., B.S., Teacher Education sequence [learn more]
Illinois State Board of Education, State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board

Art, B.F.A. [learn more]
National Association of Schools of Art and Design

Art, M.A., M.S. [learn more]
National Association of Schools of Art and Design

Art, M.F.A. [learn more]
National Association of Schools of Art and Design

Arts Technology Program [learn more]
(B.A., B.S. in Arts Technology)
National Association of Schools of Art and Design

Athletic Training, B.S. [learn more]
Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education

Audiology, Doctor of [learn more]
Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

Biological Sciences, B.S., Teacher Education Biology sequence [learn more]
National Science Teachers Association
Illinois State Board of Education, State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board

Business Teacher Education, B.A., B.S., B.S.Ed [learn more]
Illinois State Board of Education, State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board

Chemistry, B.S. [learn more]
American Chemical Society

Chemistry, B.S., Teacher Certification sequence [learn more]
National Science Teachers Association
Illinois State Board of Education, State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board

Communication Studies, B.A., B.S., Communication Studies Education sequence [learn more]
Illinois State Board of Education, State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board

Computer Science, B.S. [learn more]
Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology

Construction Management, B.S. [learn more]
American Council for Construction Education

Early Childhood Education, B.S., B.S.Ed. [learn more]
National Association for the Education of Young Children
Illinois State Board of Education, State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board

Educational Administration, Ed.D., Ph.D., P12 concentration [learn more]
Educational Leadership Constituent Council

Educational Administration, General Administrative Certification, Post-Master's Graduate Certificate [learn more]
Educational Leadership Constituent Council
Illinois State Board of Education, State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board

Educational Administration, M.S., M.S.Ed. [learn more]
Educational Leadership Constituent Council
Illinois State Board of Education, State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board

Educational Administration, Superintendent Endorsement, Post-Master's Graduate Certificate [learn more]
Educational Leadership Constituent Council
Illinois State Board of Education, State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board

Elementary Education, B.S., B.S.Ed. [learn more]
Association for Childhood Education International
Illinois State Board of Education, State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board

Engineering Technology, B.S. [learn more]
Association of Technology Management and Applied Engineering

English, B.A., Teacher Certification sequence [learn more]
National Council for Teachers of English
Illinois State Board of Education, State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board

Environmental Health, B.S. [learn more]
National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council

Family and Consumer Sciences, B.A., B.S., Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics sequence [learn more]
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics

Family and Consumer Sciences, B.A., B.S., Interior and Environmental Design sequence [learn more]
Council for Interior Design Accreditation

Family and Consumer Sciences, B.A., B.S., Teacher Education sequence [learn more]
Illinois State Board of Education, State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board

Family and Consumer Sciences, M.A., M.S., Dietetic Internship [learn more]
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics

Family and Consumer Sciences, M.A., M.S., Child Life coursework [learn more]
Child Life Council

French, B.A., Teacher Certification sequence [learn more]
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Illinois State Board of Education, State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board

Geography, B.A., B.S., Teacher Certification sequence [learn more]
Illinois State Board of Education, State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board

Geology, B.S., Earth and Space Science Education sequence [learn more]
National Science Teachers Association
Illinois State Board of Education, State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board

German, B.A., Teacher Certification sequence [learn more]
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Illinois State Board of Education, State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board

Graphic Communications, B.S. [learn more]
Association of Technology Management and Applied Engineering

Health Education, B.S., B.S.Ed., Community Health Education sequence [learn more]
Society for Public Health Education, American Association for Health Education

Health Education, B.S., B.S.Ed., School Health Education sequence [learn more]
American Association for Health Education
Illinois State Board of Education, State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board

Health Information Management, B.S. [learn more]
Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education

History, B.A, B.S., History-Social Sciences Teacher Certification sequence [learn more]
National Council for the Social Sciences
Illinois State Board of Education, State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board

Industrial Technology, B.S., Computer Systems Technology sequence [learn more]
Association of Technology Management and Applied Engineering

Information Systems, B.S. [learn more]
Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology

International Business, B.A., B.S. [learn more]
Consortium of Undergraduate International Business Education

Kinesiology and Recreation, M.S., Athletic Training sequence [learn more]
Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education

Learning Behavior Specialist 2 Advanced Certificate, Behavior Intervention Specialist [learn more]
Illinois State Board of Education, State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board

Learning Behavior Specialist 2 Curriculum Adaptation Specialist [learn more]
Illinois State Board of Education, State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board

Learning Behavior Specialist 2 Advanced Certificate, Multiple Disabilities Specialist [learn more]
Illinois State Board of Education, State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board

Learning Behavior Specialist 2 Advanced Certificate, Technology Specialist [learn more]
Illinois State Board of Education, State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board

Learning Behavior Specialist 2 Advanced Certificate, Transition Specialist concentration [learn more]
Council for Exceptional Children
Illinois State Board of Education, State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board

Legal Studies Program [learn more]
(B.A., B.S. in Legal Studies, Minor in Legal Studies, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Certificate (without Bachelor's degree)
American Bar Association

Management, B.S., Human Resource Management sequence [learn more]
Society for Human Resource Management

Marketing, B.S., Professional Sales sequence [learn more]
Professional Society for Sales and Marketing Training

Mathematics, B.A., B.S., Actuarial Science sequence [learn more]
Society of Actuaries

Mathematics, B.A., B.S., Teacher Certification sequence [learn more]
National Council for Teachers of Mathematics
Illinois State Board of Education, State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board

Mathematics, M.S., Actuarial Science sequence [learn more]
Society of Actuaries

Medical Laboratory Science, B.S. [learn more]
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Middle Level Teacher Education, B.S., B.S.Ed. [learn more]
Association for Middle Level Teacher Education
Illinois State Board of Education, State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board

Music, B.A., B.S. [learn more]
National Association of Schools of Music

Music, M.M. [learn more]
National Association of Schools of Music

Music Education, B.M.E. [learn more]
National Association of Schools of Music
Illinois State Board of Education, State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board

Music Education, M.M.Ed. [learn more]
National Association of Schools of Music

Music Performance, B.M. [learn more]
National Association of Schools of Music

Nursing, B.S.N. [learn more]
Commission in Collegiate Nursing Education

Nursing, M.S.N. [learn more]
Commission in Collegiate Nursing Education

Physical Education, B.S., B.S.Ed., Teacher Education sequence m[learn ore]
National Association for Sport and Physical Education
Illinois State Board of Education, State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board

Physics, B.S., Physics Teacher Education sequence [learn more]
National Science Teachers Association
Illinois State Board of Education, State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board

Reading, M.S.Ed. [learn more]
International Reading Association
Illinois State Board of Education, State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board

Recreation and Park Administration, B.S., core curriculum and Therapeutic Recreation sequence [learn more]
Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions

Safety, B.S. [learn more]
Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology

School Psychology, Ph.D. [learn more]
American Psychological Association
National Association of School Psychologists
Illinois State Board of Education, State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board

School Psychology, S.S.P. [learn more]
National Association of School Psychologists
Illinois State Board of Education, State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board

Social Work, B.S.W. [learn more]
Council on Social Work Education

Social Work, M.S.W. [learn more]
Council on Social Work Education

Social Work, M.S.W., School Social Work sequence [learn more]
Council on Social Work Education
Illinois State Board of Education, State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board

Spanish, B.A., Teacher Certification sequence [learn more]
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Illinois State Board of Education, State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board

Special Education, B.S, B.S.Ed. [learn more]
Council for Exceptional Children

Special Education, B.S., B.S.Ed., Specialist in Deaf and Hard of Hearing sequence [learn more]
Illinois State Board of Education, State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board

Special Education, B.S., B.S.Ed., Specialist in Learning and Behavior sequence [learn more]
Illinois State Board of Education, State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board

Special Education, B.S., B.S.Ed., Specialist in Low Vision and Blindness sequence [learn more]
Illinois State Board of Education, State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board

Special Education, Director of, Post-Master's Graduate Certificate [learn more]
Council for Exceptional Children
Illinois State Board of Education, State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board

Special Education, M.S., M.S.Ed. [learn more]
Council for Exceptional Children

Speech-Language Pathology, M.A., M.S. [learn more]
Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
Illinois State Board of Education, State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board

Technology and Engineering Education, B.S. [learn more]
International Technology and Engineering Educators Association
Illinois State Board of Education, State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board

Theatre, B.A., B.S., Acting sequence [learn more]
National Association of Schools of Theatre

Theatre, B.A., B.S., Dance Education sequence [learn more]
Illinois State Board of Education, State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board

Theatre, B.A, B.S., Design/production sequence [learn more]
National Association of Schools of Theatre

Theatre, B.A., B.S., Theatre Education sequence [learn more]
National Association of Schools of Theatre
Illinois State Board of Education, State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board

Theatre, M.A., M.S. [learn more]
National Association of Schools of Theatre

Theatre, M.F.A. [learn more]
National Association of Schools of Theatre


OTHER

Psychology, Professional, Predoctoral Internship at Student Counseling Services [learn more]
American Psychological Association

String Project, School of Music
[learn more]
National Association of Schools of Music

Student Health Services [learn more]
Accreditation for Ambulatory Health Care

Student Counseling Services [learn more]
International Association of Counseling Services

 

Specialized Accreditation by Accrediting Association

Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care [website]
Student Health Services [accreditation status]

Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology [website]
B.S. in Safety
B.S. in Information Systems [accreditation status]
B.S. in Computer Science [accreditation status]

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics [website]
Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics sequence, B.A., B.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences [accreditation status]
Dietetic Internship sequence, M.A., M.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences [accreditation status]

American Association for Health Education [website]
School Health Education sequence, B.S., B.S.Ed. in Health Education

American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences [website]
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences [accreditation status]

American Bar Association [website]
Legal Studies Program, including:
B.A., B.S. in Legal Studies [accreditation status]
Minor in Legal Studies [accreditation status]
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate [accreditation status]
Certificate (without Bachelor's degree) [accreditation status]

American Chemical Society [website]
B.S. in Chemistry

American Council for Construction Education [website]
B.S. in Construction Management [accreditation status]

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages [website]
Teacher Certification sequence, B.A. in French
Teacher Certification sequence, B.A. in German
Teacher Certification sequence, B.A. in Spanish

American Psychological Association [website]
Ph.D. in School Psychology [accreditation status]
Predoctoral Internship in Professional Psychology, Student Counseling Services [accreditation status]

Association for Childhood Education International [website]
B.S., B.S.Ed. in Elementary Education

Association for Middle Level Education [website]
B.S., B.S.Ed. in Middle Level Teacher Education

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International [website]
College of Business
B.S. in Accountancy
Integrated B.S./M.P.A. in Accountancy
M.S. in Accountancy

Association of Technology Management and Applied Engineering [website]
B.S. in Engineering Technology [accreditation status]
Computer Systems Technology sequence, B.S. in Industrial Technology [accreditation status]
B.S. in Graphic Communications [accreditation status]

Child Life Council [website]
Child Life coursework, M.A, M.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences

Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education [website]
B.S. in Athletic Training [accreditation status]
Athletic Training sequence, M.S. in Kinesiology and Recreation[accreditation status]

Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education [website]
B.S. in Health Information Management [accreditation status]

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education [website]
B.S.N. (Nursing) [accreditation status]
M.S.N. (Nursing) [accreditation status]

Consortium of Undergraduate International Business Education [website]
B.A., B.S. in International Business

Council for Exceptional Children [website]
B.S., B.S.Ed. in Special Education
Transition Specialist concentration, Learning Behavior Specialist 2, Advanced Certificate
M.S., M.S.Ed. in Special Education
Post-Master's Graduate Certificate, Director of Special Education

Council for Interior Design Accreditation [website]
Interior and Environmental Design sequence, B.A. , B.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences [accreditation status]

Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology [website]
M.A., M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology [accreditation status]
Doctor of Audiology [accreditation status]

Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions [website]
Core curriculum and Therapeutic Recreation sequence, B.S. in Recreation and Park Administration [accreditation status]

Council on Social Education [website]
B.S.W. (Social Work), M.S.W. (Social Work) [accreditation status]

Educational Leadership Constituent Council [website]
M.S., M.S.Ed. in Educational Administration
P12 concentration, Ed.D., Ph.D. in Educational Administration
Post-Master's Graduate Certificate, General Administrative Certification in Educational Administration
Post-Master's Graduate Certificate, Superintendent Endorsement in Educational Administration

Illinois State Board of Education [website]

The Illinois State Board of Education approves Illinois State University teacher education programs in the following areas. [accreditation status]

Agriculture Education
Blind or Visually Impaired
Business, Marketing, and Computer Education
Chief School Business Official
Dance
Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Drama/Theatre Arts
Early Childhood Education
Elementary Education
English Language Arts (Communication Studies)
English Language Arts
Family and Consumer Sciences-Nutrition, Wellness, and Hospitality
Foreign Language-French
Foreign Language-German
Foreign Language-Spanish
Health Education
LBSII-Behavior Intervention Specialist
LBSII-Curriculum Adaptation Specialist
LBSII-Deaf/Blind Specialist
LBSII-Multiple Disabilities Specialist
LBSII-Technology Specialist
LBSII-Transition Specialist
Learning Behavior Specialist (LBSI)
Mathematics
Music
Physical Education
Principals/General Administrative
Reading Specialist
School Psychologist
School Social Worker
Science-Biology
Science-Chemistry
Science-Earth and Space Science
Science-Physics
Social Science-Geography
Social Science-History
Speech Language Pathologist
Superintendent
Technology Education
Visual Arts

International Association of Counseling Services [website]
Student Counseling Services [accreditation status]

International Reading Association [website]
M.S.Ed. in Reading

International Technology and Engineering Educators Association [website]
B.S. in Technology and Engineering Education

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences [website]
B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science [accreditation status]

National Association for Sport and Physical Education [website]
Teacher Education sequence, B.S., B.S.Ed. in Physical Education

National Association for the Education of Young Children [website]
B.S., B.S.Ed. in Early Childhood Education

National Association of School Psychologists [website]
S.S.P. in School Psychology
Ph.D. in School Psychology

National Association of Schools of Art and Design [website]
School of Art [accreditation status]
Art's Technology Program (B.A., B.S. in Arts Technology) [accreditation status]
B.A., B.S. in Art [accreditation status]
B.F.A. in Art [accreditation status]
M.A., M.S. in Art [accreditation status]
M.F.A. in Art [accreditation status]

National Association of Schools of Music [website]
School of Music [accreditation status]
B.A., B.S. in Music [accreditation status]
B.M.E. (Music Education) [accreditation status]
B.M. in (Music) Performance [accreditation status]
M.M.Ed. (Music Education) [accreditation status]
M.M. (Music) [accreditation status]
String Project [accreditation status]

National Association of Schools of Theatre [website]
School of Theatre and Dance [accreditation status]
Acting sequence, B.A., B.S. in Theatre [accreditation status]
Design/Production sequence, B.A., B.S. in Theatre [accreditation status]
Theatre Education sequence, B.A., B.S. in Theatre [accreditation status]
M.A., M.S. in Theatre [accreditation status]
M.F.A. in Theatre [accreditation status]

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education [website]
Teacher education unit [accreditation status]

National Council for Teachers of English [website]
Teacher Certification sequence, B.A. in English

National Council for Teachers of Mathematics [website]
Teacher Certification sequence, B.A., B.S. in Mathematics

National Council for the Social Sciences [website]
History-Social Sciences Teacher Certification sequence, B.A., B.S. in History

National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council [website]
B.S. in Environmental Health

National Science Teachers Association [website]
Physics Teacher Education sequence, B.S. in Physics
Teacher Education sequence, B.S. in Biological Sciences
Teacher Certification sequence, B.S. in Chemistry
Earth and Space Science Education sequence, B.S. in Geology

Professional Society for Sales and Marketing Training [website]
Professional Sales sequence, B.S. in Marketing

Society for Human Resource Management [website]
Human Resource Managmentsequence, B.S. in Management

Society for Public Health Education, American Association for Health Education [website]
Community Health Education sequence, B.S., B.S.Ed. in Health Education [accreditation status]

Society of Actuaries [website]
Actuarial Science sequence, B.A., B.S. in Mathematics [accreditation status]
Actuarial Science sequence, M.S. in Mathematics [accreditation status]

 

 

 


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