In addition to university accreditation by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the College of Education and Professional Studies is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Teacher and School Counseling licensure programs have been approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. The Communicative Sciences Department is accredited by the Council of Academic Accreditation (CAA). The Counselor Education Department received provisional accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The College is also a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), the American Council on Education (ACE), the Renaissance Group, and the Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities.
Our conceptual framework, The Teacher is a Reflective Facilitator, is the underlying structure in our teacher preparation program at UW-Whitewater. This structure gives conceptual meanings through an articulated rationale to our operation. It also provides direction for our licensure programs, courses, teaching, candidate performance, faculty scholarship and service, and unit accountability. In short, our teacher education program is committed to reflection upon practice; to facilitation of creative learning experiences for pupils; to constructivism in that all learners must take an active role in their own learning; to information and technology literacy; to diversity; and to inquiry (research/scholarship) and assessment. Therefore, all syllabi pertaining to courses required for licensure reflect commitment to these underlying principle.