In addition to NIU's institutional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, several degree programs, schools and colleges are accredited through programmatic and disciplinary accreditors. The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Educator Preparation Program (EPP) accreditation is managed by the Office of Educator Licensure and Preparation.

Programmatic and disciplinary accreditations are under the purview of the respective academic programs and colleges, with the Accreditation, Assessment and Evaluation (AAE) office serving as a resource and reviewer of all accreditation material prior to external submission.

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Accredited Programs

View the degree programs that are additionally accredited or approved by programmatic/disciplinary accreditors.

Accreditation by College

College of Business

The NIU College of Business is among an elite group of business schools worldwide to hold AACSB International accreditation at all levels: baccalaureate, master and accounting. Accreditation from The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) is the most respected and highest credential of excellence for business and accounting schools around the world. NIU Business and its Department of Accountancy have achieved continuous AACSB accreditation since 1969 and 1983, respectively.

College of Education

The Department of Counseling and Higher Education's M.S.Ed. program in counseling (specializations in school and clinical mental health counseling), and Ph.D. program in counselor education and supervision, are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

The M.S. in Athletic Training housed in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

The Department of Special and Early Education’s M.S.Ed. in Special Education program is accredited by the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) for its specializations in Orientation and Mobility and Teacher of the Visually Impaired.

College of Engineering and Engineering Technology

The undergraduate programs in electrical engineering, industrial and systems engineering, mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering and mechatronics engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

In the technology program, the emphases in electrical engineering technology and manufacturing engineering technology are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, and the emphasis in industrial management and technology within the B.S. in Engineering Technology is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering, (ATMAE).

College of Health and Human Sciences

The School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders offers a physical therapy program that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). The Doctor of Audiology and M.A. in communicative disorders with a specialization in speech-language pathology are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA). The speech-language pathology program also has Professional Education Licensure.

The specialization in marriage and family therapy in the Master of Science program in applied human development and family sciences offered by the School of Family and Consumer Sciences is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy (COAMFTE). It’s B.S. in human development and family sciences program prepares students to become a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) as approved by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). The school also houses the Child Development and Family Center, which is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

The School of Health Studies offers a medical laboratory sciences program that is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). The B.S. in nutrition, dietetics and wellness didactic program and the M.S. in nutrition and dietetics dietetic internship are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). The Master of Public Health program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

The School of Interdisciplinary Health Professions offers a Master of Science program in rehabilitation counseling which is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

The undergraduate and graduate programs in nursing in the School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

College of Law

The College of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Master of Public Administration degree offered by the Department of Public Administration has its standards certified by the Network of Schools, Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).

The clinical and school psychology areas within the Doctor of Philosophy degree program in the Department of Psychology are both accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). In addition, the school psychology specialist program is fully approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

The B.A./B.S. in Nonprofit and NGO Studies is accredited by the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC).

Chemistry and Biochemistry’s B.S. in Chemistry is approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS).

College of Visual and Performing Arts

The programs in art, music and theatre arts are accredited, respectively, by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).

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