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Western Oregon University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.

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Programs for the training of elementary and secondary teachers at the undergraduate and graduate levels and special education teachers at the graduate level are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.

Undergraduate programs in teacher education and graduate programs in teacher education, special education and early intervention are also accredited by the State of Oregon’s Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC).

The undergraduate program in American sign Language/English interpreting is one of only seven bachelor’s degree programs accredited nationally by the Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education, a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors.

The graduate program in rehabilitation counselor education is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE), an organization recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation and a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors.

The Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.

The OHSU School of Nursing undergraduate and master’s programs are accredited by the Commission on collegiate Nursing Education; the accrediting body of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The OHSU School of Nursing is accredited through the year 2013.


Program or School Degree Level(s) Recognized Agency Date
College of Education (COE) – Elementary and secondary teacher education UG and G Northwest Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) 1954
COE- Special education G Northwest Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) 1954
COE- Teacher education, special education, early intervention UG and G Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (State of Oregon) 1954
COE – Rehabilitation counselor education G Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) 2008
COE- American Sign Language/English Interpreting UG Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education 2010
WOU Dept of Music UG and G National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) 1968

 

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"I've grown so much more than I knew I could as an interpreter and as a teacher, and I've become part of a supportive group of classmates, with whom I have had the opportunity to develop more than any of us could have alone. Amanda and Elisa (the coordinators) work diligently to be flexible enough to be sure that each student has the opportunity to make our coursework applicable and beneficial to what we're individually doing or hope to be doing in practice."

Emily Ott '12

MA: Interpreting Studies

"I've never had a bad experience with any faculty. They've all pushed me, challenged me, and made me a better person. I contribute a lot of my success to them. They genuinely care about your education and give you the time you need to do what you need to do," she said, adding that her professors are who she looks up to.

Alyssa McVay '12

MS in Rehabilitation Counseling

"I do not fear failure. I only fear the slowing up of the engine inside of me which is pounding, saying, keep going, someone must be on top, why not you? –General George S. Patton My motivation to keep pushing forward are the men and women veterans who have signed a blank check in order to protect the rights and freedoms we so often take for granted. Western Oregon University has given me the opportunity through the Criminal Justice program to give back to those men and women who need the support of the community."

Gerrad McElroy-Current Student

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

"In December 2014 Nathan started a new position in Information Technology at SAIF Corporation. The Management Information Systems program helped him learn to communicate and network effectively internally and externally in his career to overcome workplace challenges. Obtaining his graduate degree has substantially opened opportunities to advance in his career. Nathan Currently resides in Salem, Oregon with his wife who was also a Western Oregon University student."

Nathan Higginbotham '14

MS in Mgt. and Information Systems

"While the MS Ed: Info Tech program is geared towards teachers I found, as an Administrator in Higher Education, it provided me with many useful tools and skills that I can apply to what I do as an administrator. I have used what I have learned in the program to develop online training modules, created websites to assist in the facilitation and management of projects, and design engaging and effective methods of delivering information. I have discovered alternative ways to document and maintain policies and procedures to improve access to information and communication within my department. In addition, the program faculty are wonderful to work with and since I could take most of my classes online it worked perfectly with my busy schedule."

Danielle Ambrose '15

M.S. in Ed. Information Technology

"The Info Tech program at Western Oregon University, provided me the opportunity to explore a variety of technological tools and taught me ways of implementing these in an educational setting. What elevated the effectiveness of this program for me was the connection between the integration of technology and the authors explored, which provided a rich exploration of their thoughts and ideas behind the benefits, challenges, and dynamic interaction of man and technology."

Ana Butler '15

M.S. in Ed. Information Technology