The UCCS College of Education is authorized by the state of Colorado to offer educator preparation and school counseling programs. We are accredited by CAEP - the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation and by CACREP - the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs. Access the Teacher Certification Reciprocity Guide.
UCCS is one of only two CAEP accredited institutions in the state of Colorado.
The Educator Preparation Office oversees program approval and re-authorization for institutions of higher education in the state of Colorado. The process is carried out collaboratively by the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Department of Higher Education. State authorization includes initial approval and re-authorization not more than once every five years. The School Counseling track is also authorized by the state.
The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) is a nonprofit organization that helps expand students’ access to educational opportunities and ensures more efficient, consistent, and effective regulation of distance education programs. Established in 2013, the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) streamlines regulations around distance education programs.
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. CAEP stands on a strong foundation and rich history of accreditation in teacher and educator preparation. CAEP seeks to increase the value of accreditation and to increase participation, building on the decades of institutional knowledge of education’s previous accreditors.
Both School and Clinical Mental Health tracks are nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) as of 2001. CACREP accreditation signals that a program's content and quality have been evaluated and meet strict, consistent standards set by the profession.