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About EIU

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 Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparedness (CAEP).

In addition, the following education programs are accredited by CAEP:

  • 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.

Please note: EIU is actively working to update the "Accreditation Through Year" column with the most current accreditation information and dates.

Program Accrediting Agency Accreditation Through Year
Art National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) 2020
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) 2021
Communication Disorders/Sciences Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CAA-ASHA) 2024
Community/School Counseling Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) 2021
Eastern Illinois University Higher Learning Commission (HLC) 2025
Educator Preparation Programs Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) 2025
Family and Consumer Sciences American Association of Schools of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) 2022
Health Promotion 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) 2026
Nutrition and Dietetics (Undergraduate) The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) 2024
Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) 2024
Nutrition and Dietetics Internship (Graduate) The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) 2018
MSND Graduate Program 2024
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) 2022
Tarble Arts Center American Alliance of Museums 2025
Theatre Arts National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) 2019

Educator Preparation Programs Recognized by NCATE/CAEP Specialty Professional Associations (SPAs)

Program Accrediting Agency Accreditation Through Year
Early Childhood Education National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) 2025
Elementary Education Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) 2025
English Education National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) 2025
Foreign Language Education American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) 2025
Mathematics Education National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) 2025
Physical Education National Association of Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) 2025
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) 2024
Social Science Education National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) 2025
Special Education Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) 2025

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