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About COE Accreditation


Accreditation, in the most basic sense, is a process by which an educational institution is certified by an independent body to grant certificates, credentials, and degrees. The system uses a rigorous, research-driven set of protocols that assure educational quality while also verifying that appropriate standards for a discipline are being met. The process was established nearly a century ago to foster a common set of educational standards among secondary schools and universities. Today, the accreditation process is an integral part of a higher education institution's strategy for academic effectiveness. Accreditation guides the philosophy, content, and structure of academic programs in order to demonstrate that an institution is providing a high quality form of preparation in one or many disciplines.

Sacramento State University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, as a campus. In addition, programs offered by the College of Education seek accreditation from additional accrediting bodies, at the state and/or national levels, typically required in order to offer that particular program. This page summarizes College's accreditation activities. When possible, all supporting documentation for a particular accreditation process is also included.

Contact Information

Accrediting Agency Primary Contact
Commission on Teacher Credentialing: CTC Pia Wong, Ph.D.
Associate Dean
Research and Engagement
Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs: CACREP

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

National Association of School Psychologists: NASP

University Council for Educational Administration: UCEA

Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC): EDD Program
Karen O'Hara, Ph.D.
Associate Dean
Instruction & Student Success

Latest News

Pending Accreditation Decisions:

  1. Early Childhood Special Education Added Authorization (ECSEAA) proposed program: Review Team Report to be reviewed on February 21, 2020 by the Committee on Accreditation/CTC

    ECSEAA - Additional Documents:

    ECSEAA-CSUS program description
    CSUS-ECSEAA-CS feedback
    CSUS ECSEAA_PS feedback
    Response 11-2019-CSUS-ECSEAA program application_May 2019
    CSUS-ECSEAA_preconditions feedback

  2. Educator Preparation Programs: Site Visit Team Report (recommending full accreditation) to be reviewed on February 21, 2020 by the Committee on Accreditation/CTC Select reports available upon request.

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