California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC)

The School of Education at Point Loma Nazarene University is fully accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.  This agency, in the Executive Branch of California State Government, serves as a state standards board for educator preparation for the public schools of California, the licensing and credentialing of professional educators in the State, the enforcement of professional practices of educators, and the discipline of credential holders in the State of California.

CTC Contact Information:

California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

1900 Capital Lane, 

Sacramento, CA 95811



Link to CTC Accreditation Documents.

Link to PLNU SOE Syllabi and Program Handbooks.

Link to most recent Title II data (traditional and alternative program delivery).

Link to most recent CTC Report Card.

Link to Accreditation Electronic Exhibit Room. This site is password protected.  Contact Dr. Deborah Erickson, Dean of the School of Education at for access.

National Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (NCATE)

The School of Education at Point Loma Nazarene University is currently accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This accreditation covers both initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs offered at our three regional centers. 

July 1, 2013 was the day of the de facto consolidation of NCATE and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC), making the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) the new, sole specialized accreditor for educator preparation. The School of Education's next accreditation visit is scheduled for 2020. At that time, the SOE will respond to the new CAEP standards of educator preparation.

The mission of both NCATE and CAEP is accountability and improvement of educator preparation. The accreditation process establishes rigorous standards for educator preparation programs, holds accredited institutions accountable for providing continuous evidence of meeting these standards, and encourages unaccredited schools to demonstrate the quality of their programs by working for and achieving professional accreditation.


The NCATE standards used in the our current review of the Professional Education Unit include:

  • Standard 1: Candidate Knowledge, Skills, and Professional Dispositions
  • Standard 2: Assessment System and Unit Evaluation
  • Standard 3: Field Experiences and Clinical Practice
  • Standard 4: Diversity
  • Standard 5: Faculty Qualifications, Performance, and Development
  • Standard 6: Unit Governance and Resources

NCATE Contact Information

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
2010 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 466-7496  
(202) 296-6620


PLNU as a university is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The PLNU Assessment Wheel presented below provides the link to the University’s assessments required by WASC. 




Model used with permission from the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment. (2011). Transparency Framework. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA). Retrieved from: