UAA SOE Specialized Accreditation

Accreditation Status

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities logoThe University of Alaska Anchorage is the state’s comprehensive, open access, public university. UAA has been continously accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) since 1974. Additionally, the UAA School of Education has the following programs accredited through specialized organizations:

  • The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
  • The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
    • Educational Leadership
      • Masters in Educational Leadership
      • Graduate Certificate – Principal
    • Special Education
      • Graduate Certificate – Special Education

All of our regional and specialized accreditations are recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Why Accreditation Matters

Council for Higher Education Accreditation logoAccreditation is an important topic for aspiring professionals. Attending a university that has received proper accreditation ensures that your curriculum has met the rigorous standards and high expectations set forth by well-respected higher education authorities. Accreditation affords Universities the chance to identify opportunities for continuous improvement while constantly strengthening their programs. Many agree that accreditation standards are the foundation of the profession and they are the driving force that raises the bar for excellence and professionalism in America’s schools, agencies and businesses. 

Please watch this important video regarding degree and accreditation mills. According to CHEA, "Degree mills and accreditation mills mislead and harm. In the United States, degrees and certificates from mills may not be acknowledged by other institutions when students seek to transfer or go to graduate school. Employers may not acknowledge degrees and certificates from degree mills when providing tuition assistance for continuing education. “Accreditation” from an accreditation mill can mislead students and the public about the quality of an institution. In the presence of degree mills and accreditation mills, students may spend a good deal of money and receive neither an education nor a useable credential." Read more on CHEA’s website.