What are some other types of accreditation?

There are also national, professional and specialized accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Credits earned at nationally accredited schools may not transfer to regionally accredited institutions but still may be suitable for some students’ needs. For example, some postsecondary schools of cosmetology are accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences.

Some professions or employers may require that an institution, department, or program have professional or specialized accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For example, the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board of the American Society of Landscape Architects accredits baccalaureate and master’s programs leading to the first professional degree in landscape architecture while the American Bar Association accredits programs in legal education and professional schools of law. Some accrediting bodies such as the National Association of Schools of Art and Design accredit both degree-granting and non-degree granting schools that are predominantly organized to offer education in art, design, or art/design related disciplines. Thus, some institutions will be both regionally accredited and have some additional national, professional, or specialized accreditations.

For more information, go to U.S. Department of Education’s overview of accreditation. If you are confused by some of the accreditation terminology, check out the Department’s glossary.

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