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College of Education Accreditation

Candidates, faculty, staff, and administrators in the professional education unit at Alabama State University are proud to be recognized through accreditations by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), and the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE). The cornerstone of any quality higher education institution is its ability to receive and maintain national and state accreditation through its respected agencies.



Alabama State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate level degrees.



Alabama State University Educator Preparation Programs are approved by the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE). For a listing of State Approved programs please click to following link: Alabama State University Approved Programs (4/1/2023)


CAEP and State Accreditation

The College of Education’s accreditation was reaffirmed through a joint visit by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) during its 2015 onsite visit. Although the merger between NCATE and TEAC had already begun, institutions of higher education had a choice to continue with a legacy NCATE visit or the new Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) visit.  Alabama State University chose the legacy NCATE visit and was successfully reaffirmed. Since that time, ASU has submitted annual reports each year to CAEP. Recently, ASU submitted Continuous Improvement in Educator Preparation (CIEP) documents to the ALSDE for each of its programs. 

CAEP Homepage


CACREP Accreditation

The School Counseling and Clinical and Mental Health Counseling programs are accredited through the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. The last accreditation visit was in 2022 when ASU achieved full accreditation.

CACREP Homepage


CAEP Annual Reporting Measures 

CAEP requires every Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) to report and prominently display data on its website relating to eight Annual Reporting Measures established by CAEP.

Measure 1: Completer Impact and Effectiveness (Component R4.1)

Measure 2: Satisfaction of Employers and Stakeholder Involvement (Components R4.2/ R5.3/RA.4.1)

Measure 3: Candidate Competency at Program Completion (Components R3.3/RA3.4)

Measure 4: Ability of Completers to be Hired in Education Positions for Which They Have Prepared


State Standards

Alabama Academic Standards

Alabama Educator Preparation Program Standards

Alabama Program-Specific Standards

Alabama Standards for ALTA Certification Programs

Alabama Standards for Advanced Certification Programs

Other Program Specific Standards


National Standards

CAEP Standards for Initial Programs

CAEP Standards for Advanced Programs


Alabama State University Quality Assurance

Assurance Guarantee Alabama State University’s College of Education guarantees the success of candidates who graduate from the COE, receive initial professional certification through the college, and are employed within their area(s) of specialization. The College of Education will provide remediation at no cost to a candidate who was recommended for certification and whose job performance within two years after program completion is deemed unsatisfactory based on performance evaluations established by the Alabama State Board of Education. Proviso: This assurance guarantee does not apply to circumstances caused by out-of-field assignment, number of unreasonable preparations, improper class size loads, fluctuating teacher status, or other measures that are inappropriate for beginning teachers.