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Graduate Certificate in English Language Learner (ELL) Education
Begins every Fall (August) & Summer (May)
The UND College of Education & Human Development is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
Through the process of professional accreditation of schools, colleges, and departments of education, NCATE works to make a difference in the quality of teaching, teachers, school specialists, and administrators. NCATE believes every student deserves a caring, competent, and highly-qualified teacher.
In addition, UND's English Language Learner Education programs are designed to meet the national Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) specialty program accreditation standards.
North Dakota Educational Standards & Practices Board
UND's English Language Learner Education programs are also accredited by the North Dakota Educational Standards & Practices Board and meet the standards set for ELL teacher education and Advanced Program approval at the state level.
The University of North Dakota as a whole is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. UND has been accredited since 1913, when the Association was first organized.
For information on special accreditations the University has at the college, department, or program level, please see UND Accreditation.
Why is accreditation important?
Accreditation assures the quality of higher education institutions and programs. In the United States, accreditation is a voluntary, non-governmental, peer-review process that determines if established quality standards are being met.
- Accreditation is a major way for students, families, employers, government officials, and the media to know that an institution or program provides a quality education.
- Accreditation helps students choose quality college programs that qualify for federal financial aid.
- Accreditation enables employers to recruit graduates they know are well-prepared. Many employers will only provide tuition assistance to employees for accredited programs.
- Accreditation is used by registration, licensure, and certification boards to screen applicants.
- Accreditation gives colleges and universities a structured mechanism to assess, evaluate, and improve the quality of their programs.