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Accreditation & Affiliations


The University has been accredited since 1947 by the Higher Learning Commission as an institution granting the bachelor's degree, and since 1996 granting the master's degree. View details about Greenville University's current affiliation status on the Higher Learning Commission's website.


The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has accredited GU’s education programs since 1974. The ISBE participates in an interstate licensure agreement with 37 other states and the District of Columbia.

The Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) has accredited GU’s education programs since 2014.

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) has accredited GU’s education programs from May 2021 through May 2028. 

  • Reviewed programs include those leading to initial teacher certification in early childhood education, elementary education, secondary education (biology, chemistry, English, history, math, and physics), and K-12 (physical education, Spanish, and special education).
  • The accreditation does not include individual education courses the EPP offers to P-12 educators for professional development, re-licensure, or other purposes.
  • Note: The K-12 Music program and master of arts degree in reading were also included but have been taught out.

Questions and inquiries should be directed to:

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

1140 19th St NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 223-0077

School of Education Annual Reporting Measures 19/20
School of Education Annual Reporting Measures 20/21
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ABET - Accredited Degree Program


The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) has accredited Greenville University's engineering program since fall 2022.

ABET is the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. ABET-accredited programs meet standards in how the programs prepare students to enter critical technical fields that lead the way in innovation, emerging technologies, and anticipating the welfare and safety needs of the public. 

Social Work

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) has accredited Greenville University's social work program since 2015. In fall 2021, Greenville University's Online Bachelor of Social Work Program received accreditation by CSWE. 


Accreditation of a baccalaureate or master’s social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’s Board of Accreditation indicates that it meets or exceeds the criteria for assessing program quality evaluated through a peer review process.  An accredited program has sufficient resources to meet its mission and goals. The Board of Accreditation has verified that it complies with all sections of the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards.  

Accreditation applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program. Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.


Greenville University is a member of various professional organizations, including:

  • The American Council on Education
  • The Association of American Colleges
  • The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities
  • The Federation of Illinois Independent Colleges and Universities
  • The National Commission of Education

Greenville University is affiliated with the Free Methodist Church of North America.


Greenville University is a member of the following educational affiliations:

  • The American and Illinois Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • The Illinois Association of Colleges for Teacher Education in Private Colleges
  • The American and Illinois Association for School, College, and University Staffing
  • The Association of Christian Schools International

NC-SARA Licensure for Education and Social Work Programs

The table below shows GU programs that lead to professional licensure and GU’s status for licensure in each state. In cases where the curriculum does not meet state licensure requirements, click on the hyperlink provided to view licensure requirements for that state.


Greenville University Program

Curriculum Meets State Licensure Requirements

Curriculum Does Not Meet State Licensure Requirements

Teacher Education – BS

  • Early Childhood Ed
  • Elementary Ed
  • Middle Grades Ed
  • Secondary Ed
  • Special Ed
  • Physical Ed

Master of Arts in Teaching

  • Elementary Ed
IllinoisAlabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Social Work—BSW

Meets requirements in all 50 states and all U.S. territories.


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