Pittsburg State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), an independent corporation responsible for accrediting degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region. The HLC is a commission member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.
In 1954, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) was founded to raise and maintain quality standards for the preparation of educators. NCATE is a recognized accrediting institution by the U.S. Department of Education and is composed of a coalition of members that include teachers, teacher educators, content specialists, and local and state policy makers.
The National Strength and Conditioning Associate (NSCA) was founded in 1978 to bridge the gap between science and application to improve athletic performance and fitness. The Education Recognition Program (ERP) recognizes regionally accredited schools for their programs that continuously meet educational guidelines recommended by the NSCA. Within the ERP there are three separate recognition programs: Strength and Conditioning, Graduate Studies Program, and Personal Training Program. The Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation has been recognized by the ERP Strength and Conditioning Program.
Formally established in 1974, the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions conducts the process of accreditation for recreation, park resources and leisure services curricula. The Council meets twice annually to review accredited programs, to revise and update the standards for accreditation and the procedures for program review, and to conduct the business of the Council. The 10 members include educators, practitioners and a public representative. The Council was first recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation (COPA) in 1986 and is now in the process of completing its third review by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, (CHEA), successor to COPA. As a CHEA-recognized accrediting body, the Council meets specific procedural and organizational criteria necessary for effectively conducting the accrediting process.
The Department of Psychology and Counseling's Master of Science Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). CACREP is an independent accrediting agency recognized by the Council for Higher Learning. The mission of CACREP is to promote the professional competence of counseling and related practitioners through the development of preparation standards, encouragement of excellence in program development, and accreditation of professional preparation programs.
The Master of Science Degree in Clinical Psychology within the Department of Psychology and Counseling is accredited by the Master's in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC). The mission of MPCAC is to accredit programs in psychology and counseling, which promote training in the scientific practice of professional psychology and counseling at the master's level. MPCAC emphasizes a commitment to science-based training in all aspects of psychology and counseling.