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Program Accreditations

Accreditation is an important credential to look for when choosing a university because it's 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 six 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's master's degree specialization in Early Childhood Education is recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and is designed to prepare teachers to design, implement, and evaluate developmentally appropriate learning experiences for young children. The program is part of Capella's Professional Education Unit, which has been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). NCATE-accredited programs are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation for the preparation of P-12 teachers and other professional school personnel. Graduates of these programs are highly regarded by many school districts, licensing authorities, and teaching professionals.

The MS specialization in Early Childhood Education is recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

The MS specialization in Leadership in Educational Administration, the EdS and PhD specializations in Leadership in Educational Administration are recognized by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC).

Minnesota Board of Teaching (MN BOT). Capella University's Master of Science in Education program with Specializations in Early Childhood Education and Reading and Literacy are advanced teaching programs approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching and are in compliance with all requirements of Minnesota Administrative Rules Chapter 8710.2000, 8710.3000, and 8710.4725.

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, contact us.

To learn more, call 866.933.5842, 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.