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University Accreditations and Certifications

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges
  • State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV)
  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE through CAEP)
  • Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE)
  • Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS)

Student achievement goals, measures and performance data is available on emu.edu. More information on the individual accreditations and certifications is available below.

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges

Eastern Mennonite University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctorate degrees.  Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Eastern Mennonite University.

State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV)

The university is certified to operate by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). Students and prospective students may find the information resources of the SCHEV of use in planning for college and careers, including SCHEV’s institutional profile for each Virginia public college and university, and for each independent college or university participating in the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant Program. Here is EMU’s SCHEV profile.

NCATE Teacher Education Accreditation

Our teacher education program has carried the highest national accreditation standards in the nation for more than 45 years. EMU is National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accredited through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). 

CACREP Counseling Accreditation

EMU’s MA in counseling program is accredited in Community Mental Health Counseling by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

CCNE Nursing Accreditation

EMU’s undergraduate and masters programs in nursing are approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The school nurse certification program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

CSWE Social Work Accreditation

EMU is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) which serves as the national accrediting and standard-setting agency for both graduate and undergraduate social work programs. The EMU social work program also draws on the National Association of Social Workers’ Code of Ethics to inform its goals, objectives, and ethical principles.

Seminary Accreditations

Association of Theological Schools (ATS)

Eastern Mennonite Seminary is accredited by SACS as well as the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.

UMC Pastor Ordination

The seminary is approved by The United Methodist Church for the training of candidates for ordination.

Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE)

The seminary’s clinical pastoral education program is accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc., an accrediting agency in the field of clinical pastoral education recognized nationally by the U.S. Secretary of Education through the U.S. Department of Education.

Council of Mennonite Seminaries

The seminary is also a member of the Council of Mennonite Seminaries, which includes Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana, and Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, Fresno, California.


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