National Accreditation

Below are links to agencies and organizations to provide information and resources regarding accreditation for Educator Preparation Programs (EPPs).  Informed by state legislation and policy, North Carolina does not mandate participation in national educator preparation accreditation (AAQEP or CAEP). The NCDPI Educator Preparation Division staff's a specialist to provide accreditation supports to EPPs statewide.  For more information regarding accreditation in North Carolina, specifically national educator preparation accreditation, please contact Dr. Theresa Coogan.

Regional Accreditation Resource

SACSCOC – The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states, including North Carolina. 

National Educator Preparation Accreditation Resources (in alphabetical order) 

AAQEP – The Association for Advancing Quality Educator Preparation. Their Mission: “AAQEP promotes and recognizes quality educator preparation that strengthens the education profession’s ability to serve all students, schools, and communities, and to do so equitably.” 

CAEP – The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation Their Mission: “CAEP advances equity and excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.” The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction entered into a 5-year partnership with CAEP beginning July 1, 2016 ending June 30, 2021. A copy of the partnership agreement may be found below. Please contact the North Carolina CAEP State Representative Dr. Theresa Coogan with any inquiries.

NC CAEP Partnership Agreement

Specialized Professional Association (SPA) recognition for eligible program areas are not required by EPPs in North Carolina. EPPs are not prohibited from seeking recognition from the SPAs; however, EPPs should be advised that holding national recognition by the SPAs is not associated with the state program approval process.

Additional Resources (in alphabetical order)

CHEA – Council for Higher Education Accreditation More About CHEA 

“A national advocate and institutional voice for promoting academic quality through accreditation, CHEA is an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities and recognizes 60 institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations.“

The United States Department of Education

More About U.S. DoE Accreditation and Recognition: “Accreditation in the United States involves non-governmental entities as well as federal and state government agencies. Accreditation’s quality assurance function is one of the three main elements of oversight governing the Higher Education Act’s (HEA’s) federal student aid programs. Accreditors, which are private educational associations of regional or national scope, develop evaluation criteria and conduct peer evaluations to assess whether or not those criteria are met. Under the HEA the Department “recognizes” (approves) accreditors that the Secretary of Education determines to be reliable authorities as to the quality of education or training provided by institutions of higher education, and the Department publishes a list of nationally recognized accreditors. The Department does not accredit individual educational institutions and/or programs and is not directly involved in the institutional or programmatic accrediting process.”

Key Resources

Key Resources

Key Resources

Key Resources: Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

Steps to access the IHE Web Portal. This is a secure, encrypted server used for transferring sensitive information.

  1. Go to this page.
  2. Click "Log in."
  3. User Name: enter UserName.
  4. Password: enter Password.
  5. Once logged in, click on the name of the file.
  6. A pop-up box will appear. Select "Open or Save." Click "OK."
  7. When finished, closed the browser to end the session with the server.

If you need the User Name and/or Password to access the IHE Web Portal, contact Mike Cash.

For Reports provided by NC DPI summarizing student Grade, Race, Sex:

  1. Go to The Statistical Profile Online
  2. On the left will be a table of contents broken out at the State, LEA, Charter School Levels, and Pupil Accounting.
  3. Under 'Part II. Local Education Agencies' table 'Table 10.1 - Pupils in Membership by Race & Sex (School Level)' for LEAs will contain the data.
  4. Under 'Part III. Charter/Regional Schools' table 'Table 37 - Membership by Race and Sex' will contain the data.
  5. From the drop down box 'Actions' Select 'Filter' to select a 'Year' and/or set other items.
  6. After the date is returned from the drop down box 'Actions' select 'Download' to download the data. Click on the icon for a 'csv' type file. It is compatible with Excel.

For Contact Info at the Central Office or Principal at a LEA's in NC:

  1. Go the Educational Directory and Demographical Information Exchange (EDDIE)
  2. For contact data on Central Office Personnel select 'Create Custom Report - Staff' from the menu on the left.
  3. From the drop down box 'Actions' Select 'Filter'. Under the 'Column' drop down box select 'Staff Title Desc' and from the 'Expression' box select the position for which you want information.
  4. To download the data select 'Download' from the 'Actions' drop down box and click on a format to download.