Education Accreditation: Accredited Distance Education Agency

Whether you are pursuing an online degree or a regular college, a diploma or a vocational course, a bachelors or a masters degree –  there is nothing more important than ensuring your degree has full education accreditation or it is not worth anything. Degree programs are usually verified by an accredited higher education agency and if not, it is not worth pursuing. For you to understand which courses are worth pursuing, you must know which higher education accreditation agencies are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

National Accreditation Agency For Offline& Online Universities

Accreditation agencies for online universities are classified as national and regional. The national agencies for education accreditation are also responsible for highly specialized courses. The higher education accreditation agencies recognizd by the U.S. Department of Education are:

  • Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
  • Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
  • Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation
  • Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
  • The Council on Chiropractic Education, Commission on Accreditation
  • Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, Accreditation Commission
  • Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training
  • National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences
  • National Association of Schools of Dance, Commission on Accreditation
  • American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
  • American Dietetic Association, Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education
  • Distance Education and Training Council, Accrediting Commission
  • Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
  • American Board of Funeral Service Education, Committee on Accreditation
  • Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education
  • American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
  • American Academy for Liberal Education
  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education
  • Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation
  • Liaison Committee on Medical Education
  • Midwifery Education Accreditation Council
  • Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education, Commission on Accreditation
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation, Commission on Non-Degree-Granting Accreditation, Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation
  • Council on Naturopathic Medical Education
  • Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology
  • Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
  • American College of Nurse-Midwives, Division of Accreditation
  • National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health, Council on Accreditation
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
  • Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology
  • Council on Occupational Education
  • American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
  • American Optometric Association, Accreditation Council on Optometric Education
  • Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc., Accreditation Commission
  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
  • American Podiatric Medical Association, Council on Podiatric Medical Education
  • American Psychological Association, Committee on Accreditation
  • Council on Education for Public Health
  • Association of Advanced Rabbinical and Talmudic Schools, Accreditation Commission
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • Teacher Education Accreditation Council, Accreditation Committee
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
  • Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
  • American Veterinary Medical Association, Council on Education
  • New York State Board of Regents, and the Commissioner of Education

Accredited Higher Education Agencies – Regional

Some higher education accreditation might not be done by national education accreditation agencies but instead provide regional higher education accreditation. These education accredtion agencies are:

  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC-CIHE)
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Technical and Career Institutions (NEASC-CTCI)
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission (NCA-HLC)
  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACS)
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (WASC-ACCJC)
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities (WASC-ACSCU)

Online Education Accreditation Agencies

Apart from the various national and regional higher education accreditation agencies, online education accredited programs are certfiied by certain other education accreditation agencies as well. These accrediation agency for online universities are:

  • Accreditation Governing Commission of the United States of America (AGC-USA)
  • The Board of Online Universities Accreditation (BOUA)
  • International Commission for Higher Education (ICHE)
  • The New England Association of Schools & Colleges, Inc. (NEASC)
  • The Universal Council for Online Education Accreditation (UCOEAA)

Non Recognized Accredited Higher Education Organizations

Some scam online schools pretend to be accredited and will give you fancy higher education accreditation agency names to prove their accreditation certification, however you must be careful. If you see any of the below names for education accreditation, you can be sure it is fake.

  • Accreditation Governing Commission of the United States of America
  • Accrediting Commission for Specialized Colleges
  • Accrediting Commission International—based in Arkansas
  • Accrediting Commission International for Schools, Colleges and Theological Seminaries
  • Alternative Institution Accrediting Association
  • American Association of Accredited Colleges and Universities
  • American Association of Drugless Practitioners Commission on Accreditation
  • American Association of International Medical Graduates
  • American Association of Non-Traditional Private Postsecondary Education
  • American Council of Private Colleges and Universities
  • American Education Association for the Accreditation of Schools, Colleges & Universities
  • American Naturopathic Medical Certification and Accreditation Board (ANMCAB)
  • American Psycotherapy (sic) Association
  • Arizona Commission of Non-Traditional Private Post Secondary Education
  • Association for Distance Learning (ADLP)
  • Association for Online Academic Excellence—possibly based in Wales
  • Association of Career Training Schools
  • Association of Christian Colleges and Theological Schools—based in Virginia
  • Asssociation for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP)
  • Board of Online Universities Accreditation
  • Central States Council on Distance Education
  • Commission for the Accreditation of European Non-Traditional Universities
  • Commission on Medical Denturitry Accreditation (COMDA)
  • Council for International Education Accreditation (CIEA)
  • Council for the Accreditation of Correspondence Schools
  • Council on Medical Denturitry Education (COMDE)
  • Council on Postsecondary Alternative Accreditation
  • Council on Postsecondary Christian Education
  • Distance Graduation Accrediting Association
  • Distance Learning Council of Europe
  • Education Commission for Integrative Health (ECIH)
  • European Council for Distance & Open Learning
  • Examining Board of Natural Medicine Practitioners
  • Higher Education Accreditation Commission
  • Higher Education Services Associatio
  • Inter-Collegiate Joint Committee on Academic Standards
  • International Accreditation Agency for Online Universities (IAAOU)
  • International Accreditation Association
  • International Accreditation for Universities, Colleges and Institute
  • International Accrediting Association
  • International Accrediting Association for Colleges and Universities
  • International Accrediting Commission for Schools, Colleges and Theological Seminaries
  • International Association of Non-Traditional Schools
  • International Association of Universities and Schools
  • International Commission for Higher Education
  • International Commission for the Accreditation of Colleges and Universities
  • International Commission of Open Post Secondary Education
  • International Council for Open and Distance Education
  • International University Accrediting Association—based in California
  • Mid States Accrediting Agency
  • Middle States Accrediting Board
  • National Academy of Higher Education (NAHE)
  • National Accreditation Association
  • National Association for Private Nontraditional Schools and Colleges
  • National Association for Private Post-Secondary Education
  • National Association of Alternative Schools and Colleges
  • National Association of Open Campus Colleges
  • National Commission on Higher Education
  • National Council of Schools and Colleges
  • National Distance Learning Accreditation Council
  • Non-Traditional Course Accreditation Body
  • Northwest Regional Accrediting Agency
  • Pacific Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Southern Accrediting Association of Bible Institutes and College
  • Southern Association of Accredited Colleges and Universities
  • United Congress of Colleges—Ireland, UK
  • Universal Council for Online Education Accreditation (UCOEA)
  • US-DETC—Nevada (not to be confused with the legitimate DETC, based in Washington DC.)
  • Virtual University Accrediting Association—based in California
  • West European Accrediting Agency
  • Western Accrediting Agency
  • Western Association of Private Alternative Schools
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges (note: This name is also used by a recognized higher education accrediting agency)
  • Western Council on Non-Traditional Private Post Secondary Education
  • World Association of Universities and Colleges—based in Nevada
  • World Online Education Accrediting Commissio
  • World-wide Accreditation Commission of Christian Educational Institutions
  • Worldwide Accrediting Commission

Depending on the name of the higher education agency you can easily tell which education accreditation agency is the one suited for the course you might be interested in pursuing. Education accreditation is very important whether it is online or offline so before you pursue a higher education course, make sure it is fully accredited by the relevant agency as you will then be assured of a quality education.

References:

  1. Accrediting Agencies Recognized by the U.S. Department of Education – eLearners

2 Responses to “Education Accreditation: Accredited Distance Education Agency”

  1. Teresa Tan says:

    Is “The National Certification Commission Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)” same as “Accredition Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine”.

    It Certified and Designated a Diplomate in Acupuncture?

    Thanks

  2. Alice says:

    Dear Madams and Sirs,

    My name is Alice Kirko. I represent a Siberian University (Russia), Culture and Religion studies department.

    This year we have won a grant for accreditation of our educational (bachelors’ and magistrates’) programs. So, now we are looking for an institution, which will perform our accreditation. I should underline we need NOT business, but scientific program accreditation!

    Would you please tell us, who can do that for us?

    If yes, whom we should contact to, what is the list of documents we are to prepare for accreditation and your standards, requirements?

    Thank you.

    Very best regards,

    Alice Kirko

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