Illinois State University has been continuously accredited since 1954. In the October 2019 review, The CAEP Accreditation Council found that Illinois State successfully met all five of the national standards for educator preparation. CAEP was created by the consolidation of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council. This accreditation recognized that Illinois State teacher education students receive an education that prepares them to succeed in a diverse range of classrooms after graduation.
In April 2012, The Board of Examiners found that Illinois State successfully met all six of the national standards for educator preparation. In addition, Illinois State achieved the highest marks (“target”) in four standards. The NCATE report cited the following areas of strength:
Content preparation of educators
Clinical experience opportunities for candidates
Multiple initiatives to incorporate diversity across the unit
Broad participation of faculty members in the unit governance system