The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
The University is approved by the United States Department of Education, the United States Department of Health and Human Services, and the Arkansas State Approving Agency for veterans' training.
CAST programs are accredited by the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE). The automotive program is additionally certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). The legal assistance/paralegal program is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA).
The Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA) degree is AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
Nursing programs are approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. The traditional BSN program and the RN-BSN online completion program are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The surgical technology program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The dental hygiene program is accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). The radiography program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) and the diagnostic medical sonography program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS) through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
The music department is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The Department of Art is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Social Work programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The Social Work Program has earned Candidacy status in the accreditation process.
Education programs are approved by the Arkansas Department of Education and accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The Elementary K6 program is a new program and is aligned with the Elementary Program CAEP, K6, Teacher Excellence and Support System (TESS) and Science of Reading (SoR) standards required by the Arkansas Department of Education. The Middle Childhood Education Program is nationally recognized by the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE). Secondary Education Programs are delivered in their respective colleges in coordination with the School of Education. The Biology with Life/Earth Science Teacher Licensure Program is nationally recognized by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). The English with Teacher Licensure Program is nationally recognized by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). The History with Social Studies Teacher Licensure Program is nationally recognized by the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS). The Mathematics with Teacher Licensure Program is nationally recognized by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). The Music with Teacher Licensure Program is accredited by National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The Spanish with Teacher Licensure Program is nationally recognized by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). In addition, the School of Education offers an Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education and a preschool education credential. Candidates pursuing the Elementary K6 degree can also receive an age 3-4 endorsement to add to their licensure area. All candidates may choose to pursue the Special Education Resource Room endorsement or the Teaching English as a Second Language certificate.
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