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The College of Education at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa has been nationally accredited since 2001 by NCATE, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

What Does Accreditation Mean for You?

Accreditation means that the College of Education (COE) meets the highest national standards for the preparation of teachers, administrators, and other school professionals. Candidates who complete a State Approved Teacher Education Program (SATEP) are eligible for licensure with the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board (HTSB).  COE SATEPs include the Bachelor of Education, the Post-baccalaureate Certificate, and the Master of Education in Teaching. COE programs are aligned with performance standards established by HTSB, the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC), and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).

How Does the College of Education become Accredited?

The National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) first awarded national accreditation to the College of Education in 2001.  We were awarded continuing accreditation in 2007/2009, and most recently in 2014.  Our next accreditation visit is scheduled for Spring 2021 by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). CAEP is the new accreditor for educator preparation programs, and has taken over the accreditation of programs who were formerly reviewed by NCATE.

Before each accreditation campus visit, we submit a college-level Institutional Report (IR) to provide evidence that we are continuing to meet national standards for the preparation of educators. For our last accreditation visit in 2014, we also submitted 29 program reports for review by national and state professional organizations. Twenty initial licensure reports were reviewed by Specialty Professional  Associations (SPAs), such as the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). We submitted four additional reports to the Hawai‘i Teacher Standards Board (HTSB), and five advanced reports to NCATE when we submitted our IR. As we transition to the new CAEP accreditation review process, the COE has shifted to a new program review process, known as Program Review with Feedback.  In August of 2014, the COE discontinued the old SPA review process and transitioned to Progam Review with Feedback for our initial licensure programs. 

As of February 1, 2013, prior to our switch to Program Review with Feedback, the following 14 teacher preparation programs had earned a new seven-year period of national recognition by their Specialty Professional Association.


Program National or state organization
Early Childhood Education BEd National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
Elementary Education BEd Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)
Elementary Education MEdT Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)
Physical Education BEd and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Secondary Education (PBCSE)                  


National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE)


Secondary Mathematics BEd and PBCSE                  


National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)


Secondary Science BEd and PBCSE                  


National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)


Secondary World Languages BEd and PBCSE                  


American Council of Teachers of Foreign Language (ACTFL)


Special Education, Mild/Moderate and Special Education, Severe/Autism, Post-Baccalaureate Certificates in Special Education (PBSPED) Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
Secondary English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies (combined), MEdT National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

Additional Reporting and Recognition

The College earned the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) approval for our new EdD in Professional Educational Practice in 2012.

In addition, the College submits annual reports to the following: 

  • US News and World Report Best Graduate Schools Survey (ranked in top 50 in nation in 2012)
  • Professional Education Data System (PEDS) Survey/American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)
  • Title II Higher Education Opportunity Act

Interested in attending an NCATE accredited institution? Learn more about the programs we have to offer here at the COE.