COE Unit Assessment and Accreditation
Georgia Southern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associates, baccalaureate, masters, educational specialists and doctorate degrees. Georgia Southern University also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Georgia Southern University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404)679-4500 or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).
Normal inquiries about the institution, such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc. should be addressed directly to the institution and not to the SACSCOC office. The Commission should be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support an institution’s significant non-compliance with a SACSCOC accreditation requirement or standard.
The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accredits Georgia Southern University’s College of Education. CAEP promotes excellence in educator preparation through content and pedagogy, clinical partnerships and practice, candidate recruitment, progression and support, program impact, and quality assurance and continuous improvement. The last continuing accreditation review was held April 2022.
Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) Approval
Programs leading to initial licensure in teaching, service, and leadership fields are approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC). Approval reviews are guided by the policies and procedures outlined in the Educator Preparation Rules, and based upon the Georgia Standards for the Approval of Educator Preparation Providers and Educator Preparation Programs. The most recent program approval review was in November 2021.
The College of Education attained accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) in the following specialty areas: clinical mental health counseling and school counseling. The accreditation allows Georgia Southern students concentrating in those fields to be eligible to take the National Counselor Examination for Certification when they graduate, without having to complete the additional post-graduate work normally required. View the Counselor Education Program website for program information.
The College of Education has National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) full approval for its EdS graduate program in school psychology. NASP is one of the specialized professional associations (SPAs) of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The Georgia Southern School Psychology Program is the only program in Georgia to earn this recognition at the Ed.S. level.