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About EIU

About EIU

Eastern Illinois University has a rich tradition of preparing students to accomplish their life goals through a great combination of quality academics and personal relationships.

Consistently ranked in the top third of Midwest universities in its class by U.S. News and World Report, Eastern has earned its reputation by offering a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs taught by an experienced and caring faculty. In addition to reasonable tuition, fees, and room and board rates, Eastern offers a textbook rental system, saving the average student hundreds of dollars per semester.

A variety of excellent on-campus housing opportunities are available on the safe, compact 320-acre campus. Student graduation and retention rates are well above state and national averages, and that success continues after students earn their degrees -- year after year, Eastern ranks high in job placement, alumni satisfaction and employer satisfaction.


Eastern Illinois University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of College and Schools and by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

In addition, the following education programs are accredited by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE):

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Educational Administration (Principal)
  • Educational Administration-Superintendent
  • Elementary Education
  • English Education
  • Foreign Language (Spanish, French, German)
  • Health Education
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • School Psychology
  • Science Education Secondary
  • Social Science Education
  • Special Education Early Childhood
  • Special Education K- 12
  • Technology Education

Accredited Programs

Additionally, many programs at EIU have earned recognition from other external accrediting agencies.

Program Accrediting Agency Accreditation Through Year
Applied Engineering & Technology Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) 2017
Art National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) 2018
Athletic Training Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) 2022
Business and Accounting The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) 2020
Chemistry American Chemical Society (ACS) 2015
Communication Disorders/Sciences Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CAA-ASHA) 2016
Community/School Counseling Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) 2021
Dietetics Option (FCS) American Dietetic Association’s Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education: Dietetic Internship (Graduate) Program and Didactic Program (Undergraduate) 2017
Eastern Illinois University Higher Learning Commission (HLC) 2025
Educator Preparation Programs National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) 2018
Family and Consumer Sciences American Association of Schools of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) 2022
Health Studies Society of Public Health Education/American Association of Health Education Baccalaureate Program Approval Committee (SABPAC) 2019
Journalism Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC) 2018
Music National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) 2016
Nursing American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN); Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) 2024
Recreation Administration National Recreation and Parks Association/American Association for Leisure and Recreation (NRPA/AALR) 2015
Tarble Arts Center American Association of Museums 2024
Theatre Arts National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) 2014

Educator Preparation Programs Recognized by NCATE’s Specialty Professional Associations (SPAs)

Program Accrediting Agency Accreditation Through Year
Career & Technical Education International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA/CTTE) 2018
Early Childhood Education National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) 2025
Educational Leadership Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) 2017
Elementary Education Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) 2017
English Education National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) 2025
Foreign Language Education American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) 2017
Health Education American Association for Health Education (AAHE) 2017
Mathematics Education National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) 2017
Physical Education National Association of Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) 2017
School Counseling Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) 2021
School Psychology National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) 2025
Science Education National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) 2017
Social Science Education National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) 2025
Special Education Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) 2025