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 appropriate associations and agencies including:
- Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs CACREP
Commission on Accreditation for Marriage & Family Therapy Education COAMFTE
- National Association of School Psychologists NASP
- National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education NCATE*
- Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists OBLPCT
- Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission TSPC
All NCATE accredited institutions are required to include the following statement in their publications: The Graduate School of Education and Counseling at Lewis & Clark College is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), www.ncate.org. This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P-12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) covers Professional Mental Health Counseling (formerly Community Counseling) and Professional Mental Health Counseling—Addictions (formerly Addiction Studies) programs, which are currently accredited under the 2001 standards for Community Counseling Programs.
***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.