Accredited Teaching and Education Degree Programs
George Fox is the only Christian college in Oregon with both national and regional accreditation of its education programs. In alignment with the institution’s mission, the School of Education emphasizes a transformative model that focuses on the integration of faith, learning, and living based on a Christ-centered worldview.
The university holds National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accreditation for its education programs. The U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation recognize NCATE as a professional accrediting body for teacher preparation. NCATE currently accredits more than 650 colleges of education, with nearly 100 more seeking NCATE accreditation.
In addition, the university's school counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
All degree programs at George Fox University are accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). NWCCU is an independent, nonprofit membership organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the regional authority on educational quality and institutional effectiveness of higher education institutions in the seven-state Northwest region of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington. It fulfills its mission by establishing accreditation criteria and evaluation procedures by which institutions are reviewed. The Commission oversees regional accreditation for 162 institutions. Its decision-making body consists of up to 26 commissioners who represent the public and the diversity of higher education institutions within the Northwest region.
George Fox’s teaching degree programs are are approved by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) and by the Idaho State Department of Education’s office of Certification and Professional Standards.