Accreditations and Approvals
Our campus, located in the heart of Midtown Detroit, offers students the unique opportunity of studying at a major research university in an urban setting. This environment is a microcosm of our world, and through learning opportunities in the classroom and the community, you will graduate ready to succeed anywhere. In addition to being approved by the Michigan Department of Education where applicable, College of Education programs hold accreditation through national professional organizations.
American Art Therapy Association (AATA)
Both the M.Ed. in Art Education with Art Therapy Concentration and the M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with area of interest in Art Therapy are approved by the American Art Therapy Association through 2021. Wayne State's Art Therapy Program is transitioning to the Education Standards of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), adopted by the American Art Therapy Association in 2016.
Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)
The M.S. in Athletic Training has been granted five years of Initial Accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), which is recognized by the Council for Higher Education (CHEA). The program’s accreditation status is ‘Active-in good standing. The next comprehensive accreditation review will be conducted during the 2024-2025 academic year.
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation (COPA), has conferred accreditation to the following program areas in the College of Education in the Theoretical and Behavioral Foundations division: M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.A. in School Counseling, M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling, and the Ph.D. Counseling (currently under moratorium).
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
The College of Education at Wayne State University is one of 59 providers from 24 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico to receive accreditation for their educator preparation programs. The fall 2019 review by the CAEP Accreditation Council resulted in 59 newly-accredited EPPs, bringing the total to 281 providers approved under the CAEP Teacher Preparation Standards – rigorous, nationally recognized standards that were developed to ensure excellence in educator preparation programs.
CAEP is the sole nationally recognized accrediting body for educator preparation. Accreditation is a nongovernmental activity based on peer review that serves the dual functions of assuring quality and promoting improvement. CAEP was created by the consolidation of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council. It is a unified accreditation system intent on raising the performance of all institutions focused on educator preparation. Approximately, 800 educator preparation providers participate in the CAEP Accreditation system, including some previously accredited through former standards.
Educator preparation providers seeking accreditation must pass peer review on five standards, which are based on two principles:
- Solid evidence that the provider's graduates are competent and caring educators, and
- Solid evidence that the provider's educator staff have the capacity to create a culture of evidence and use it to maintain and enhance the quality of the professional programs they offer.
Council on Rehabilitation Education, Inc. (CORE)
The Rehabilitation Counseling concentration is accredited by the Council of Rehabilitation Education (CORE). The program provides an educational experience that is designed to help students acquire knowledge; skills and understandings needed to become committed and competent to help persons with disabilities participate in and contribute to the quality of life in a complex, changing urban society.
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
The Exercise Science program at Wayne State University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (CoAES). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs 25400 US Hwy. 19 N., Suite 158 Clearwater, FL 33763 727-210-2350 www.caahep.org.
National Association for the Education of Young Children
The College of Education Early Childhood Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The goal of Wayne State University College of Education Early Childhood Center (COE-ECC) and the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute Early Childhood Center (MPSI-ECC) is to provide a safe, nurturing, child-centered environment with a high-quality educational program that serves diverse children, families, student teachers, practicum students and staff.
National Association of School Psychologists
The Educational Psychology program area offers a graduate program in School and Community Psychology. The dual-credential program aligns with the training standards of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and is fully approved by NASP. Completion of the M.A. degree satisfies the State of Michigan Department of Education certification requirements for school psychologists and the State of Michigan Board of Psychology requirements for a limited license to practice psychology (LLP) in the community.