University Accreditation

San José State is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The accreditation process aids the institution in developing and sustaining effective educational programs and assures the educational community, the general public, and other organizations that SJSU has met high standards of quality and effectiveness.

Please visit the SJSU WASC website for extensive information about the participation of SJSU in its WASC re-accreditation.

Under federal regulations effective July 1, 2011, both institutions and accrediting agencies are required to come into compliance with regulations regarding the definition and assignment of credit hours under the Higher Education Opportunity Act.

US Department of Education: Dear Colleague Letter (PDF, March 18, 2011)

Program Accreditation

In addition to university-wide accreditation, individual programs are accredited by discipline-specific accreditation agencies such as the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology or the National Association of Schools of Music. Specific program accrediting agencies organize their evaluation criteria around well-articulated standards and/or learning outcomes that are reviewed and updated on a regular basis using input from a broad national membership. Each accreditation agency has a regular schedule for reviewing and visiting programs. Procedure for Program Accreditation provides additional information to departments and programs undergoing re-accreditation.

Click here for a comprehensive listing of accrediting agencies for specific programs

California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC)

Standards for Subject Matter Preparation Programs for prospective teachers are established by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). Admission to a teacher credential program requires demonstration of subject matter competence. This can be done by completing a CCTC-approved program and/or passing a set of state approved tests.

SJSU has CCTC approved programs for prospective secondary teachers in the eight subjects listed below. Completion of one of these programs demonstrates subject matters competence in these teaching fields.

  • Art
  • English
  • French
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Science
  • Social Science
  • Spanish

SJSU also has a CCTC-approved program for prospective elementary teachers. Completion of one of the following majors does not eliminate the need to pass California state-approved tests but does prepare for teaching in a self-contained classroom and prepares for the state tests. The majors are in

  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Creative Arts
  • Environmental Studies
  • Liberal Studies
  • Natural Science
  • Social Science

Please contact the College of Education for more information.