How do you identify an accredited program?


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To identify an accredited program, locate the program name and institution on a list of programs that the corresponding accrediting authority issues accreditation for. The type of accreditation and the issuing authority depends on the type of program. One such national accrediting authority is the National Association for the Education of Young Children, which accredits education programs at the undergraduate and graduate level.

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To confirm that an education program is accredited, visit NAEYC.org, click accreditation, and then click the appropriate accreditation system, such as Accreditation of Programs for Young Children, Accreditation of Associate Degree Programs or the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

Under a particular system, click Find a Recognized Program. Programs are included under institution names by state. Other systems require you to select the program and the state from a dropdown menu, which retrieves a list of results.

To determine institutional accreditation of a post-secondary school or program through the U.S. Department of Education on Ed.gov, click College Accreditation, under How Do I Find? You can get data for an accredited institution, program or an internship by clicking one of three corresponding links. On the search page, enter the name of the institution, the street address, city, and click the name of the state or the outlying area.

Other accreditation authorities include the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of business, which accredits business and accounting programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, which the U.S. Secretary of Education recognizes as an accrediting authority of nursing schools and programs

Depending on the website, click Accredited Institutions or Find Accredited Programs to retrieve a list and confirm accreditation.

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