Educator preparation programs
The GSE is the first educator preparation program in Oregon, the first on the West Coast, and one of the first 10 in the nation, to be fully accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). CAEP was formed in 2013 by the merging of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC), which has now formed just one national accrediting body. All P-12 educator preparation programs in the GSE underwent both state and national review in 2015 through Oregon's Teacher Standards and Practices Commission and CAEP. Accredited programs are required to demonstrate a commitment to quality through data-informed continuous improvement as shown through candidate performance on the InTASC standards and program completer impact on student learning. The GSE has been nationally accredited since 1977.
Counselor education programs
As of February 1, 2016, PSU's School Counseling; Marital, Couple and Family Counseling; and Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs received reaccreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). In the winter of 2015, a self-study was submitted to CACREP for the School Counseling; Marital, Couple and Family Counseling; and Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs. A CACREP site visit was completed in November 2015. This led to the successful accreditation decision in 2016 for these programs as follows: School Counseling accredited through March 31, 2024; Clinical Mental Health Counseling accredited through March 31, 2018; and Marital, Couple and Family Counseling accredited through March 21, 2018.
As of 2007, the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Program was accredited through summer of 2016 by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE). In 2015, the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Program submitted a self-study to the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) for reaccreditation, and a CORE site visit is occurring in February of 2016. A decision will be rendered later this year.
In the winter of 2015, the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Program submitted a conversion self-study to CACREP for a joint Clinical Rehabilitation and Clinical Mental Health program. This application is still under review.
Early childhood programs
The Helen Gordon Child Development Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The center was awarded re-accreditation in fall 2011 valid until November 2016. NAEYC accreditation is a nationally recognized standard of quality that has been offered since 1985 to provide early childhood programs with benchmarks and means of assessment and as a way for parents to identify high-quality programs. To achieve accreditation, the program demonstrated meeting 400 criteria in 10 areas with standards assessed by NAEYC. The standards focus on: advancement of children’s learning and development; qualifications, knowledge and commitment of teachers and staff; partnerships with the community; the quality of the physical environment; and program management and leadership.
View the GSE Data Dashboard for more information about accreditation.