Programs in the College of Education are also approved by the Ohio Department of Education and have been continuously approved by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since its inception in 1954. Other accrediting bodies for College of Education programs are the American Psychological Association (APA), the Commission for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Program (CACREP), and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
Educator as Decision Maker is at the heart and core of what we hope to accomplish. We strive to prepare educators that continually make decisions that are based upon evidence, knowledge, research, and technology. In addition, they must reflect a commitment to diversity and ethics.
We believe that all individuals can learn and that learning is a dynamic and inquiry-based process. Educators are decision makers who need proficiencies in four core components of professional practice: knowledge, technology, diversity, and ethics. These components are part of our Conceptual Framework, which enables us to design measures of continuous improvement and is aligned with national standards.
The University of Akron is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States, since its founding in 1914.