Accreditation

The College of Education at Lewis University is one of only 23 programs in Illinois to be accredited by the prestigious National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

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When a school of education is NCATE accredited, it provides an assurance that the school's educator preparation program has met national standards set by the education field at large and has undergone rigorous external and impartial review by professionals, policymakers, and representatives of the public.

  • NCATE's performance-based system of accreditation fosters the development of competent classroom teachers, specialists, and administrators who work to improve the education of all P–12 students and help all students.

  • Graduates from an NCATE accredited educator preparation program are in high demand because they are well-prepared for initial licensing and advanced board certification. Candidate performance at NCATE institutions is thoroughly assessed throughout the program of study and before the candidate is recommended for licensure.

  • Many states have reciprocity agreements based on graduation from NCATE accredited schools, so graduates of NCATE-accredited schools will generally find it easier to apply for licensure when they move out of state.

  • Individuals applying to an NCATE accredited school will have the assurance that the school's educator program has met national standards and received the profession's 'seal of approval.'

Lewis University is accredited by, and a member of, the Higher Learning Commission. The Lewis University College of Education licensure programs are approved for entitlement by the State Educator and Preparation Licensure Board in conjunction with the Illinois State Teacher Certification Board in conjunction with the Illinois State Board of Education for:

  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Secondary Education
    • Science: Biology, Chemistry, or Physics
    • English/Language Arts
    • Mathematics
    • Social Science: History or Psychology
  • Special Education: Learning Behavior Specialist I
  • English as a Second Language
  • School Counseling
  • Reading and Literacy
    • Reading Specialist
    • Reading Teacher
  • Educational Leadership
    • Teacher Leader
    • Principal Preparation
    • Superintendent Preparation

Recognition and Approval Status
Inquiries concerning regional accreditation should be directed to the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504; by phone (312) 263-0456 or (800) 621-7440.

All candidates seeking licensure are required by the Illinois State Board of Education to pass tests in academic proficiency, their content area(s), assessment of professional teaching (APT) and beginning in fall 2015 the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA).  All Lewis University College of Education licensure programs are subject to amendment by the State Educator and Preparation Licensure Board, the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois State Legislature. The College of Education newsletters and bulletin board announcements will contain information on any new mandates or program modifications. Candidates should consult with their academic advisor at least once per semester.

ISBE Professional Licensure
The Illinois State Board of Education site contains information on ISBE test registration, requirements for licensure, location, cost and more.

Third-Party Testimony
The College of Education at Lewis University is hosting an accreditation visit by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) in September 2014. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the visiting team. Please note that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the party's relationship to the College of Education (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates).

We invite you to submit written testimony to:

Board of Examiners
NCATE
2010 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036-1023
Or by e-mail to: callforcomments@ncate.org