Program Approval and Accreditation

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction State Program Approval and CAEP National Accreditation


All UNC Asheville teacher licensure programs are approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI). The NCDPI implements the State’s public school laws and State Board of Education’s policies governing pre-kindergarten through 12th grade public education.

The UNC Asheville Department of Education (EPP) has been granted continuing national accreditation for the period from Spring 2021 to Spring 2028 by:

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
1140 19th St NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 223-0077

The state program approval and national accreditation cover the following initial teacher preparation programs, which were part of the state program and accreditation review in Fall 2020:

  • Elementary Education (K-6)
  • Middle Grades Language Arts (6-9)
  • Middle Grades Social Studies (6-9)
  • Middle Grades Mathematics (6-9)
  • Middle Grades Science (6-9)
  • Secondary English (9-12)
  • Latin (9-12)
  • Secondary Mathematics (9-12)
  • Secondary Biology (9-12)
  • Secondary Chemistry (9-12)
  • Secondary Comprehensive Science (9-12)
  • Secondary Earth Science (9-12)
  • Secondary Physics (9-12)
  • Secondary Social Studies (9-12)
  • Art (K-12)
  • Theatre Arts (K-12)
  • Special Education: General Curriculum (K-12)

EPP faculty and staff members take pride in providing high quality teacher preparation programs, which is accomplished through an assessment system grounded in continuous improvement according to the EPP’s Mission and Goals. Numerous reporting and data measures generated by or about the EPP are analyzed to accomplish successful continuous improvement.

Four CAEP Accountability Measures shape the foundation of the EPP’s continuous improvement efforts.  Data and analyses related to these measures can be viewed by clicking the link below.