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College of Education
phone: (208) 885-6772
toll free: (888) 884-3246
fax: (208) 885-6761
875 Perimeter Drive MS3080
Moscow, ID 83844-3080 

Coeur d'Alene
Phone (208) 667-2588
Toll free (888) 208-2268
Fax (208) 664-1272
1031 N. Academic Way, Suite 242
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

Phone (208) 334-2999
Toll free (866) 264-7384
Fax (208) 364-4035
322 E. Front Street
Boise, ID 83702

Assessment and Accreditation

Accreditation 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. 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.

 The University of Idaho College of Education has programs accredited through significant organizations, including 



Since 1954, the University of Idaho has been accredited by The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).  As the oldest nationally accredited teacher educator program in Idaho, teacher education candidates who attend the University of Idaho receive comprehensive preparation as high quality P-12 teachers and administrators. 

NCATE accreditation provides assurance that the educator preparation program meets or exceeds rigorous national standards.  In conjunction with the Idaho Professional Standards.  NCATE’s performance-based system of accreditation fosters competent classroom teachers and other educators who work to improve the education of all P-12 students.


Teacher preparation in Idaho is governed by the Idaho State Board of Education (IDAPA 08, TITLE 02, CHAPTER 02).  The Idaho Standards are based upon the accepted national standards for educator preparation and include state-specific, core teaching requirements.
 COre Logo Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) is a specialized accreditation organization that is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA). CORE accredits graduate programs which provide academic preparation for a variety of professional rehabilitation counseling positions. CORE also accredits undergraduate programs in Rehabilitation and Disability Studies.
 NRPA LogoCARPT Logo The Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions

The University of Idaho's Recreation and Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT). The Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions COAPRT accredits baccalaureate programs in parks, recreation, tourism, sport management, event management, therapeutic recreation, and leisure studies offered at regionally accredited institutions within the United States and its territories, and at nationally accredited institutions in Canada, and Mexico. COAPRT recognizes academic programs in colleges and universities that prepare new professionals to enter the parks, recreation, tourism and related professions.

COAPRT Accreditation is a status granted to an academic program that meets or exceeds stated criteria of educational quality. In the United States, accreditation of professional preparation curricula is conferred by non-governmental bodies, which are often closely associated with professional associations in the field. COAPRT accredits baccalaureate degree programs in this profession.

Benefits of graduating from an accredited institution:
  • Depending on your specific area of expertise, your education and experience level at the time of graduation will meet the accepted standards of America’s schools, professional counseling organizations, HR or recreation departments, etc., giving you a competitive advantage with employers.
  • You’ll be able to mange the demands of the classroom, counseling office, or other specific setting you’ve been trained for, from day one.
  • You’ll be a subject matter expert.
  • You’ll be well equipped with a variety of validated methods and strategies for doing your job effectively. 
  • The University of Idaho is the state's oldest, constitutionally mandated, land-grant institution.  In addition to the above specialized accreditations,  The University of Idaho is also regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.  All of our regional, national, and specialized accreditations are recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.  

Accredited provides an indication that your degree is not a product of a degree mill.   

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 also 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 (