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Lewis & Clark is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Lewis & Clark is a member of the American Council on Education, the Association of American Colleges, the College Entrance Examination Board, and the Northwest Association of Private Colleges and Universities. Lewis & Clark is on the approved lists of the American Chemical Society and the American Association of University Women.

Graduate programs in education and counseling psychology are approved and accredited by the following associations and agencies:

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accredits our Professional Mental Health Counseling and Professional Mental Health Counseling—Addictions specialization under their 2009 standards. We are currently seeking re-accreditation under the 2016 CACREP standards.

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) covers our initial teacher preparation programs and our advanced educator preparation programs. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P-12 educators for professional development, re-licensure, or other purposes.

*July 1, 2013, marked the de facto consolidation of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC), making the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) the new, sole specialized accreditor for educator preparation. (CAEP accreditation is specific to educator preparation and is different from regional accreditation. It is the educator preparation provider, specifically, that receives CAEP accreditation—not the larger organization or institution of higher education that may house the provider.) Under de facto consolidation, NCATE and TEAC are subsidiaries of CAEP, maintaining their recognition by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) for the purpose of maintaining the accreditation of educator preparation providers until such time as said providers come up for accreditation under CAEP.

CAEP Annual Reporting Measures

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) has annual reporting measures used to provide information to the public on both program outcome and program impact. Following is the list of CAEP measures with links to information that provide supporting evidence for each measure:

Measure 1: Impact on P-12 learning and development

The provider documents multiple growth measures that completers contribute to student learning.  

Note: Data for this measure is in development.

Measure 2: Indicators of teaching effectiveness (4.2) 

The provider demonstrates that completers effectively apply the professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions that the preparation experiences were designed to achieve.  

The Field Placement Evaluation assessments of candidates are completed during our candidates’ field/clinical placements by carefully selected, and appropriately credentialed, mentors and/or supervisors. These data are shared with candidates in a conference setting that affords the candidates time to reflect and use this powerful data for professional growth.

Measure 3: Satisfaction of employers and employment milestones

The provider demonstrates that employers are satisfied with completers’ preparation and that completers reach employment milestones such as promotion and retention. 

The Employer Survey is administered statewide by the Oregon Association of Colleges for Teacher Education to all employers of teacher candidates 1 to 2 years after program completion. 

Measure 4: Satisfaction of completers

The provider demonstrates that program completers perceive their preparation as relevant to the responsibilities they confront on the job, and that the preparation was effective.  

Measure 5: Graduation rates from teacher preparation programs (initial & advanced levels)
  • Graduation rates
Measure 6: Ability of completers to meet licensing (certification) and any additional state requirements
Measure 7: Ability of completers to be hired in education positions for which they were prepared 
Measure 8: Student loan default rates and other consumer information


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