Accreditation is an important credential to look for when choosing a university because it is an assurance to you and the public that an institution meets or exceeds standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, student services, and fiscal stability.
Types of Accreditation
Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
The Higher Learning Commission is among the 6 regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Regional bodies accredit colleges and universities; national bodies accredit trade and vocational schools.
In addition to our regional accreditation, Capella has achieved specialized and program-specific accreditation recognizing the quality and legitimacy of our degree programs.
Capella University’s Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, and Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy programs are accredited by the American Counseling Association’s Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) from July 18, 2009 through March 31, 2020.
The Professional Education Unit (PEU) at Capella University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), www.ncate.org. This accreditation covers advanced educator preparation programs at Capella University. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P–12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.
Arizona Department of Education (AZDOE). Capella University's MS and PhD in Leadership in Educational Administration, PsyD in School Psychology, MS in School Counseling, and MS and Post-Master's Certificate in School Psychology programs are approved by the Arizona Department of Education.
Why Accreditation Matters
Accreditation ensures that your degree is recognized by employers, professional associations, and other accredited institutions of higher education. Regional accreditation is especially critical for people who want to transfer credits from another accredited college or university. To understand which of your credits may transfer to Capella, please contact us.
To learn more, call 866.283.8039, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.