About Us - Accreditation and 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. Click here to go to the Higher Learning Commission's web site to view Greenville University's current affiliation status.


Since 1974-75 the education program has been accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education, which participates in an interstate licensure agreement with 37 other states and the District of Columbia. In 2014, Greenville University received accreditation under the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) standards. Now Greenville University is accredited through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).  

School of Education Annual Reporting Measures 19/20
School of Education Annual Reporting Measures 20/21
School of Education Annual Reporting Measures 21/22

School of Education Accreditation

The Teacher Education Program at Greenville University is awarded TEAC accreditation by the Inquiry Brief Commission of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) for a period of seven years, from May 2021 to May 2028. The accreditation does not include individual education courses the EPP offers to P-12 educators for professional development, re-licensure, or other purposes.

Programs leading to an initial teacher certification included in the review are Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Secondary Education (Biology, Chemistry, English, History, Math, and Physics), and K-12 (Physical Education, Spanish, and Special Education). The K-12 Music program has since been taught out. A Master of Arts degree in Reading was also included but has also 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

Social Work

In 2018, Greenville University's social work program was accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The business programs are accredited with the International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) since 2018. The undergraduate engineering major has begun the accreditation process with the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc (ABET) by submitting documents to their "readiness review" to determine if the program will enter the 2020-2021 review cycle. 

Briner School of Business

The Briner School of Business at Greenville University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. For a list of IACBE accredited programs at Greenville University, click here.


Institutional membership is held in 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, and other professional organizations. It is one of the colleges approved officially by the Free Methodist Church of North America, and is recommended to any members who want to pursue Christian higher education. 


Education-related Institutional memberships include 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, and the Association of Christian Schools International.

NC-SARA Licensure for Education and Social Work Programs

The table below represents Greenville University programs that lead to professional licensure and the licensure status for each state. For the states where the curriculum does not meet state licensure requirements, there is a hyperlink to the 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


Alabama, 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.