Accreditation Information

Wheelock participated in three successful reaccreditation evaluations during the 2014-2015 academic year. We received our comprehensive 10-year reaccreditation from NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges); our Social Work program was reaffirmed by CSWE (Council on Social Work Education); and our Education Programs completed reaccreditation through NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) and a simultaneous review by the State of Massachusetts affirming Wheelock's ability to offer education programs leading to state licensure.

For more details about each accreditation, please click on the links below:

Social Work (CSWE) Accreditation
NCATE Accreditation for Education Programs
NEASC Accreditation

What Is Accreditation?

Accreditation is a voluntary, peer review process designed to:

  • assure quality to the public
  • ease student transfer between colleges
  • provide institutions with access to federal financial aid
  • certify a graduate's credentials to employers

An "accredited" college meets the standards for accreditation established by a particular accrediting agency. The standards ensure the institution has appropriate and clear goals, sufficient resources to achieve them, is fulfilling its objectives, and will continue to do so. The process provides institutions with an opportunity for reflection, honest assessment of strengths and weaknesses, along with a chance to develop strategies for continued improvement.

Social Work (CSWE) Accreditation

Wheelock's Social Work Programs have received full reaffirmation from the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE), the national association of educational and professional institutions, social welfare agencies, and private citizens founded in 1952 and recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in this country. Their decision follows more than a year of rigorous self-study of all of Wheelock's social work offerings and degree programs and an onsite visit by a team of CWSE evaluators conducted in Fall 2014. CSWE feedback was highly positive and made special note of Wheelock's commitment to human rights and social justice across both its Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work programs. This was also the inaugural review for the Wheelock Worcester graduate program as well as the College's dual degree of the MSW/MS in Social Work and Non-Profit Leadership. This accreditation takes Wheelock's Social Work programs through to its next visit in 2022.


Student Learning Outcomes Assessment

Wheelock College has developed this process to guide us in our program assessment of student learning outcomes.

The Program Assessment Feedback Loop

Council on Social Work Accreditation (CSWE) Program Assessment

The BSW and MSW programs at Wheelock College were reaffirmed jointly under the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS), which are based upon 10 core competencies with 41 practice behaviors (BSW and Foundation MSW) and 10 advanced practice behaviors created by our our social work faculty (Concentration MSW). The core competencies and practice behaviors have been infused within our curriculum in an increasingly comprehensive and integrated manner over the last several years.

NCATE Accreditation for Wheelock College Education Programs

After eighteen months of self-study and multiple external reviews, the quality and rigorous standards of Wheelock's Education unit and programs have been fully reaffirmed. This includes a successful National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) legacy visit in Fall 2014 resulting in continued NCATE accreditation for all of Wheelock's initial teacher preparation and advance preparation program offerings; the successful State of Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) review in Fall 2014 leading to full approval for Wheelock educator preparation programs leading to a Massachusetts DESE license; and positive reviews from their respective professional associations for all individual education departments and their focused degree programs. This accreditation takes Wheelock's Education division through to its next professional and state visits in Fall 2021.

Wheelock is the only private higher education institution in Massachusetts that has all of its teacher preparation programs nationally recognized by individual specialty associations.  Accreditation is a promise to the public of quality on a consistent basis. (  The following data are collected and summarized across all full educator preparation programs.

MTEL Pass Rate - The pass rate for the required state license exams for all who complete a full educator preparation program that has required exams.

PPA (PreService Performance Assessment) - A required evaluation form used during practicum by all teacher candidates in MA. Summary scores across all programs are provided.

Wheelock PPA (PreService Performance Assessment) Addendum - A Wheelock instrument that augments that state practicum evaluation form. As with the PPA, the addendum reflects the evaluation by the Wheelock supervisor and the supervising practitioner for each candidate. Summary scores across all program are provided.

New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Accreditation

Wheelock received full 10-year reaccreditation from the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) in September 2015. This accreditation applies to the entire College, including academics, policies, and practices.

NEASC is one of seven accrediting commissions in the United States that provide institutional accreditation on a regional basis. The Commission, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, accredits approximately 240 institutions in the six-state New England region. Wheelock College has been accredited by the Commission since 1950.

Wheelock underwent a comprehensive evaluation with NEASC throughout 2015. All NEASC-accredited institutions are required to engage in this process every 10 years. As part of this process, the College conducted a self-study and an Evaluation Team visited the institution from March 29 to April 1, 2015. NEASC's Commission on Institutions of Higher Education formally notified Wheelock of its reaccreditation on September 28, 2015. NEASC's full accreditation report will be issued later this fall.

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