University Accreditation

Southern Association of Colleges & Schools Commission

SACSCOC StampSpalding University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award specific degree levels, such as certificate, associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Questions about the accreditation of Spalding University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (

KY Council for Postsecondary Education

Spalding University is licensed to operate as an independent institution in Kentucky by the Kentucky Council on Post-Secondary Education (CPE). To file a complaint against an institution licensed by CPE, please submit your complaint in writing to Sarah Levy, Director of Postsecondary Licensing., Council on Postsecondary Education, 1024 Capital Center Drive, Suite 320, Frankfort, KY 40601 [email protected]

Program Accreditations & Outcomes

Athletic Training

Spalding University’s Master of Science in Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) located at 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101.


The School of Business at Spalding University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11960 Quivira Road, Suite 300, Overland Park, KS 66213 USA.

School of Business IACBE membership status (PDF)

Public Disclosure of Student Achievement 2021-2022 (PDF)

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is fully approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Spalding University is not accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). However, the Self-Study Application and supporting documents have been submitted in pursuit of accreditation.


The College of Education at Spalding University is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) whose rigorous, nationally recognized standards were developed to ensure excellence in educator preparation programs.

“These institutions meet high standards so that their students receive an education that prepares them to succeed in a diverse range of classrooms after they graduate,” said CAEP President Dr. Christopher A. Koch. “Seeking CAEP Accreditation is a significant commitment on the part of an educator preparation provider.”

CAEP is a nationally recognized accrediting body for educator preparation. Accreditation is a nongovernmental activity based on peer review that serves the dual functions of assuring quality and promoting improvement. CAEP was created by the consolidation of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council. It is a unified accreditation system intent on raising the performance of all institutions focused on educator preparation.

Educator preparation providers seeking accreditation must pass peer review on five standards, which are based on two principles:

  1. Solid evidence that the provider’s graduates are competent and caring educators, and
  2. Solid evidence that the provider’s educator staff have the capacity to create a culture of evidence and use it to maintain and enhance the quality of the professional programs they offer.

The College of Education is also approved by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB). This accreditation covers all programs leading to initial teacher certification at Spalding University.

Education Preparation Provider Data


The Baccalaureate and master’s degrees in nursing at Spalding University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Physical Therapy

Effective October 25, 2022 the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Spalding University has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; phone: 703-706- 3245; email: [email protected]. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 502-873-4449 or email [email protected].

Candidate for Accreditation is an accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status does not assure that the program will be granted Initial Accreditation.

Candidacy is considered to be an accredited status, as such the credits and degree earned from a program with Candidacy status are considered, by CAPTE, to be from an accredited program. Therefore, students in the charter (first) class should be eligible to take the licensure exam even if CAPTE withholds accreditation at the end of the candidacy period. That said, it is up to each state licensing agency, not CAPTE, to determine who is eligible for licensure. Information on licensing requirements should be directed to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT; or specific state boards (a list of state boards and contact information is available on FSBPT’s website.

Occupational Therapy

The entry-level curriculum is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), which is located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929 (telephone: 301-652-2682; website Program graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist, which is administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of the exam, the graduate can use the title of Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). States require licensure in order to practice. Initial state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. A graduate must apply to state regulatory board(s) and receive a license in order to practice.


The Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology program was first accredited by the American Psychological Association in 1989 and has continually maintained its APA accreditation to this date. For further information about the accreditation status of this or any other psychology doctoral program, please contact: APA Office of Consultation and Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242, 202-336-5979.

Social Work

The Bachelor of Science in Social Work and Master of Science in Social Work programs at Spalding University are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), 1701 Duke Street, Suite 200, Alexandria, VA 22314, 703-683-8080.

Social Work Outcomes

The Doctor of Social Work is fully approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Licensing Disclosures

Learn more about state authorization of online programs and licensure disclosures.