NMSU’s teacher preparation programs have been National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accredited since 1962. In 1971 the institution submitted materials in application for examination for full accreditation for the Ph.D. degree programs in Educational Administration Educational Psychology, Elementary and Secondary Education; the Ed.D. degree programs in Educational Administration, Educational Psychology, Elementary and Secondary Education.
On July 1, 2013, the national accreditation bodies of NCATE and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) consolidated into the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation CAEP as the new accrediting body for teacher educator preparation. As a teacher education program (TEP) under CAEP, NMSU’s College of Education continues to prepare teacher candidates to become teachers in compliance with CAEP Standards. The CAEP accreditation framework guides educator preparation programs (EPPs) to continually self-assess and conduct evidence-based analysis of their programs and their efficacy. This contributes to the continuous improvement that ensures that the College of Education’s educator preparation programs here at NMSU produce successful educators.
In addition, the College’s programs are accredited by eight different accrediting agencies. These are:
- American Psychological Association (APA)
- Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER)
- Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)
- The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA)
- Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
- National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
- National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
- New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED)