American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)

The family and consumer sciences program is accredited by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS).

Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) has granted accreditation until March 31, 2023 to the following programs: Addiction Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, Student Affairs & College Counseling.

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Prepartion (CAEP)

The Beeghly College of Liberal Arts, Social Sciences & Education’s educator preparation programs were reviewed by an onsite team in Spring 2017 and were granted accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, effective through 2024.

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) LOGO

Youngstown State University education preparation programs, including teacher, principal, superintendent, school counselor, school nurse, and school psychologist licensure programs are approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education.  These programs are subject to the sections of the Ohio law and regulations governing teacher education and licensure.  The Beeghly College of Liberal Arts, Social Sciences & Education serves as the recommending agent for all Youngstown State University graduates who wish to qualify for state of Ohio licensure.

“For additional information regarding current accreditation status and see CAEP Annual Reporting Measures.”

National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)

The art education program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the national accrediting body for art schools.

National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)

The music education program, hosted by the Dana School of Music, is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the national accreditation body in the field of music.

The College's professional education programs, initial and advanced, are defined within a conceptual framework referred to as Reflection in Action. This translates into the following institutional standards and outcome statements:

R1: Reflective practice is Reasoned.

Candidates exercise rational judgment and give thoughtful consideration to their professional activities and decisions.


  • Candidates use research, theory, and wisdom of practice to inform their pedagogy.
  • Candidates apply the appropriate knowledge of assessment and evaluation to their practice.
  • Candidates utilize evaluation results for evidence based decision-making.
  • Candidates employ reflective professional judgment across all facets of their practice.

R2: Reflective practice is Ethical.

Candidates act in a moral, legal, and principled manner in professional practice.


  • Candidates apply ethical and legal practices in performing their professional responsibilities.
  • Candidates demonstrate knowledge of education policies at the local, state and national level for instructional decision-making.
  • Candidates value and apply the professional code of conduct particular to their area.

R3: Reflective practice is Fair

Candidates exercise democratic fairness, principled concern, and humane care in their professional activities.


  • Candidates demonstrate professional, collaborative, and inclusive dispositions both in their field placements and within their courses.
  • Candidates foster inclusive environments, and respect the backgrounds of and beliefs held by their students or clients.
  • Candidates strive to meet the educational needs of all students or clients in a caring, non- discriminatory, and equitable manner.
  • Candidates collaborate with colleagues, families and communities to ensure that all students reach their potential.

R4: Reflective practice is Logical.

Candidates think analytically in a deliberately consistent and rationally defensible manner.


  • Candidates think systematically and analytically about professional practice and professional decision-making.
  • Candidates appropriately apply knowledge of research to their professional practice.

R5: Reflective practice is Effective.

Candidates apply professional knowledge in a consciously purposeful and deliberate manner.


  • Candidates are proficient in the procedures, techniques, and methods of their respective fields.
  • Candidates are proficient in the content of their respective fields.

R6: Reflective practice is Critical.

Candidates use professional knowledge, objectively applying it to their own professional actions and the professional actions of others to the benefit of their students and clients.


  • Candidates evaluate their own effectiveness by giving attentive consideration to the positive growth of their students/clients.
  • Candidates assess the needs for professional development and actively engage in professional activities to expand their knowledge, experiences and relationships.

R7: Reflective practice is Technical.

Candidates attend to procedural details and optimize the use of technologies appropriate to professional practice.


  • Candidates effectively and appropriately integrate various technologies into their work as teachers, counselors and administrators to maximize P-12 student learning.
  • Candidates use technology to enhance their own professional development.