The College of Education at Lewis University is one of only 24 programs in Illinois to be accredited by the prestigious National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
When a school of education is NCATE accredited, it provides an assurance that the school’s teacher preparation program has met national standards set by the teaching field at large and has undergone rigorous external and impartial review by professionals, policymakers, and representatives of the public.
Lewis University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. The Lewis University certification programs are approved for entitlement by the Illinois State Teacher Certification Board in conjunction with the Illinois State Board of Education for:
Recognition and Approval Status
Inquiries concerning regional accreditation should be directed to the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504; by phone (312) 263-0456 or (800) 621-7440.
The teacher education programs at Lewis University are recognized by the Illinois
State Board of Education in consultation with the State Teacher Certification
Board for approval in the following areas: science with designation in biology,
chemistry or physics, English, language arts, mathematics, social science with
designation in psychology or history,
education, and special education. Successful completion of the elementary education
program entitles students to apply for the Standard Elementary (K-9) Certificate.
Successful completion of the special education program entitles students to
apply for certification (Type 10) in Learning Behavior Specialist I (K-12).
Students successfully completing the combined special education/elementary
education program are entitled to apply for certification in Learning Behavior
Specialist I (Type 10: K-12) and the Standard Elementary (K-9) Certificate.
Successful completion of the biology, chemistry, English,
mathematics, physics, psychology, history, entitles
the students to apply for the Standard High School (6-12) Certificate. All
students seeking certification are required by the Illinois State Board of
Education to pass tests in basic skills, their content area(s) and assessment
of professional teaching (APT). All Lewis University College of Education Certification
Programs are subject to amendment by the State Teacher Certification Board,
the Illinois State Board of Education, and the Illinois State Legislature.
The College of Education newsletters and bulletin board announcements will
contain information on any new mandates or program modifications. Students
should also consult with their academic advisor regularly, at least once per