BCOE Accreditations

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

The clinical mental health, college, and addiction counseling options are currently accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) under the 2001 standards for community counseling programs. The school counseling and student affairs options are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The clinical, college, and addiction counseling options are also recognized by the state of Ohio’s Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board. The curriculum enables graduates to pursue the Ohio Professional Counselor licensure and the Professional Clinical Counselor licensure. The school counseling option is also accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP) and is approved by the Ohio Department of Education.

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

The master’s degree program in special education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Educational Leadership Constituent Council

The Ed.D. program in educational leadership is nationally recognized by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council. Education programs at Youngstown State University are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)

The requirements for entrance and for graduation are in accordance with the published regulations of the National Association of Schools of Music, of which the Dana School of Music is a member.


  • Students will perform a public recital in their applied area. Students will analyze music, discriminate pitch, harmony, and rhythm and perform harmonic progressions at the piano.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the various historical periods, including selected works and composers, genres, social contexts, artistic traditions, and critical thinking.
  • Students will demonstrate basic keyboard proficiency including scales, arpeggios, harmonization, repertoire, transpositions, and score reading.

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

Youngstown State University teacher education programs are accredited by the Ohio Department of Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). These programs are subject to the sections of the Ohio law and regulations governing teacher education and licensure. The College of Education serves as the recommending agent for all Youngstown State University graduates who wish to qualify for state of Ohio licensure as well as for licensure in other states.

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.