The Phyllis J. Washington College of Education at the University of Montana is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 2010 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036; phone (202) 466-7496. This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs. NCATE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional school personnel.
The Montana Board of Public Education sets the Professional Educator Preparation Program Standards (PEPPS), reviews the programs jointly with NCATE in conjunction with NCATE's review cycle, and grants accreditation to each program area based on the recommendations of the review team. Montana enjoys state partnership status with NCATE, meaning that NCATE accepts Montana's program standards as being equivalent to the national standards set by the specialty program areas.
The vision of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) is to provide leadership and to promote excellence in professional preparation through the accreditation of counseling and related educational programs. As an accrediting body, CACREP is committed to the development of standards and procedures that reflect the needs of a dynamic, diverse, and complex society. CACREP is dedicated to encouraging and promoting the continuing development and improvement of preparation programs and preparing counseling and related professionals to provide services consistent with the ideal of optimal human development. CACREP has granted accreditation to the following programs in the Department of Counselor Education in the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education:
- M.A. Mental Health Counseling
- M.A. School Counseling
The National Association for the Education of Young Children is the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals and represents the mark of quality in early childhood education. Through an intensive self-study and on-site review by NAEYC Assessors, approximately 8% of all preschools and other early childhood programs have earned this mark of quality for program excellence.
The Phyllis J. Washington College of Education is home to the following NAEYC Accredited early childhood programs:
- Co-Teach is an inclusive preschool program at the Institute for Educational Research and Service (IERS) that serves children ages 3 through 5 with diverse abilities and their families.
- The Learning and Belonging (LAB) Pre-School program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction is a multi-age preschool for children and their families in greater Missoula community as well as an academic site for pre-service teacher education experiences.