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Accreditation, Licensing & Partnerships

Concordia University, St. Paul is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.


  • Concordia University, Saint Paul, is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The University has been accredited since 1959, with reaffirmation of accreditation in 2018. The next reaffirmation of accreditation is in 2028.

    Higher Learning Commission
    230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
    Chicago, IL 60604-1413
    312-263-0456 / 800-621-7440
    Fax: 312-623-7462

  • All teacher licensure programs are approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching. The most recent approval was completed in 2015 and is through 2022. The Board of Teaching is being restructured as the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board effective January 1, 2018.

    Minnesota Board of Teaching
    1500 Highway 36 West
    Roseville, MN 55113-4266
    (651) 582-8888

    Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board
    1500 Highway 36 West
    Roseville, MN 55113-4266
    (651) 582-8888

  • The Higher Education Act, Title II, Section 207 (1998), requires all institutions that prepare teachers to report their candidates’ pass rates on state licensing tests. In Minnesota, teacher candidates are required to pass the Minnesota National Evaluation Series™ (NES®) Essential Academic Skills Test, which contains three subtests: mathematics, reading and writing. Candidates are also required to pass examinations related to subject matter content and pedagogy. The pass rates for Concordia University teacher education candidates and the pass rates for all teacher education candidates in Minnesota for 2014-15 and 2015-16 are given in the chart below.

    * Pass rates are only shown in content areas where 10 or more Concordia students have taken the test.

    Concordia University Candidates

    Concordia University,  St. Paul
    2013-14# Taking
    2013-14 Institutional Pass Rate
    2014-15# Taking
    2014-15 Institutional Pass Rate
    2015-16# Taking
    2015-16 Institutional Pass Rate
    2016-17# Taking
    2016-17 Institutional Pass Rate
    Basic Skills    
    Mathematics 60 73% 78 60% 117 51%  131  63%
    Reading 57 77% 84 61% 114 61%  124  86%
    Writing 59 75% 80 65% 126 52%  132  63%
    Early Childhood
    Subtest 1
    10 100% 14 100% 11 100% 12 100%
    Early Childhood Subtest 2 16 100% 12 100% 12 100%
    Elementary Subtest 1 25 100% 35 94% 36 97% 33 88%
    Elementary Subtest 2 28 100% 35 91% 37 95% 32 88%
    Secondary Subtest 1 16 100% 20 95% 25 100% 12 92%
    Subtest 2
    15 100% 20 95% 26 100% 12 83%
    Academic Content Areas    
    Childhood Subtest 1
    11 100% 14 93% 14 93% 10 90%
    Childhood Subtest 2
    11 100% 15 93% 13 85% 10 90%
    Pre-Primary Subtest 1 11 100% 11 100% 10 100%
    Pre-Primary Subtest 2 11 100% 11 100% 10 100%
    Elementary Subtest 1 24 100% 27 93% 31 94% 38 87%
    Elementary Subtest 2 21 95% 26 96% 33 91% 36 94%
    Elementary Subtest 3 27 96% 24 88% 31 84% 41 76%


  • Concordia University is a member of the Council for Higher Education Administration (CHEA). A national advocate and institutional voice for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation, CHEA is an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities and recognizes 60 institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations.

    Council for Higher Education Accreditation
    One Dupont Circle NW
    Suite 510
    Washington, DC 20036

  • Concordia University has held national accreditation for its teacher education programs since 1969 through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The College of Education & Science is currently fully accredited through 2022 by NCATE’s successor, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The accreditation includes all initial licensure programs but does not include individual education courses offered for professional development, re-licensure, or other purposes since this is beyond CAEP’s scope.

  • Concordia University, ST. Paul is fully authorized to offer credentials in Minnesota for K-12 School Principals and School District Superintendents by the Minnesota Board of School Administrators (MN BOSA). Authorization to offer a credential for the position of Director of Special Education has been applied for and is pending BOSA approval.

    Board of School Administrators
    MDE Building
    1500 Highway 36 West
    Roseville, MN 55113
    (651) 582-8754

  • The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) has approved Concordia’s undergraduate and graduate programs in Family Science as meeting the Standards and Criteria required for the Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) designation. The NCFR provides certification for the profession of family life education. Thus, students who complete the undergraduate or graduate FLE programs are eligible for certification as a Family Life Educator (CFLE). The NCFR undergraduate re-accreditation was completed in 2014 and is in place through 2019. The graduate re-accreditation was completed in 2015 and is in place through 2020.

    National Council on Family Relations
    1201 West River Parkway, Suite 200
    Minneapolis, MN 55454
    (888) 781-9331

  • The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Concordia University, St. Paul is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

  • The master of science in Orthotics and Prosthetics is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE).

    Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
    1361 Park Street
    Clearwater, FL 33756

  • The doctorate in Physical Therapy program at Concordia University, St. Paul is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

    1111 North Fairfax Street
    Alexandria, VA 22314

Licensing & Certifications

Licensure Information

  • Each state has different requirements for professional licensure and certifications. If you are considering an academic program that prepares you to pursue professional licensure or certification, you are strongly encouraged to contact your state’s licensing authority for guidance before beginning an academic program outside of your state. (Please see information about licensing/certification and links to state boards on CSP’s information pages for your program of interest.) Additional licensure requirements may include professional examinations, background checks, years of work experience, fingerprinting requirements, etc.

    If you relocate during your course of study: Since licensing requirements vary by state, moving to a different state before or during your program may impact the requirements for licensure or certification. If you are considering relocating, you should contact the licensing authorities provided on the website for your desired program.

  • Concordia University is committed to providing outstanding online education. If you have a question, concern, or complaint about your online education experience at Concordia, we encourage you to speak to your program administrator. Concordia’s Grievance Procedures for Students can be found here.

    If you still have an issue, please contact the office of Academic Affairs at

    If the issue cannot be resolved internally, students residing in an NC-SARA state, pursuant to the SARA Complaint Process, may contact the Minnesota Office of Higher Education:

    Betsy Talbot
    Minnesota Office of Higher Education
    1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
    Saint Paul, MN 55108

    For students residing in California, complaints can be made at:

    Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
    2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400
    Sacramento, CA 95833
    Phone: 916-431-6959

    Filing a Complaint
    You may also report any complaints to Concordia University, St. Paul’s accrediting agency, the Higher Learning Commission (

Teacher Education Licensing

  • Each state has different requirements for professional licensure and certifications. CSP’s educator preparation programs are designed specifically to prepare students for licensure in Minnesota, but are not approved by any other state licensing boards for licensure in those states. CSP is unable to determine whether its teacher preparation programs would meet the educational requirements for licensure in other states.  Students who want to work in a state other than Minnesota should contact the state licensing board in their state before enrolling in the program.  Please see the contact information for teacher licensing boards here.

  • Concordia’s online B.A. in Family Science degree program is approved by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). Students can choose between a certified or non-certified track, but must do so before the third course in the Family Science degree program. Upon successful completion of the program, CFLE Track students will be provisionally certified as Family Life Educators. Non-CFLE students are eligible to sit for the national exam to gain provisional certification. Provisional certification is available to applicants who have completed the program, but who have not yet earned enough work experience hours in Family Life Education to qualify for full-certification status (3200 hours).


  • CSP’s AAS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography prepares students to take the ARDMS board examinations (SPI and a specialty board).  To see what is required to sit for a board exam, click here. CSP AAS DMS program graduates can take the board exam in any state. Currently, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, and Oregon are the only states with approved legislation mandating the licensure of sonographers.  To see requirements, click the link here.


  • Federal regulations require schools providing distance education to students residing outside of the institution’s home state to seek state authorization with the states from which they enroll students or participate in a state authorization reciprocity agreement. Currently, Concordia University participates in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). This allows Concordia University to enroll students in its online program in all states. Although the State of California does not participate in NC-SARA, CSP is allowed to operate online programs in California because it is a private nonprofit institution.

    Concordia University, St. Paul is registered as a private nonprofit institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71, and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).


  • Project Management Institute (PMI)

    Concordia University has been selected by Project Management Institute (PMI) for an alliance relationship that will benefit students and provide added value to graduates of Concordia’s IT Management degree program by applying project management methodologies within the ITM curriculum. The Concordia/PMI alliance underscores the ITM program’s commitment to preparing student to become better project managers – an increasingly critical skill for IT professionals.

    PMI-MN Administrator
    1821 University Ave. W., Suite S256
    Saint Paul, MN 55104-2801

    Twin Cities Teacher Collaborative (TC2)

    The unique Twin Cities Teacher Collaborative (TC2) is part of a significant and progressive effort initiated in 2009 by the Bush Foundation to establish a new paradigm for teaching and learning in Minnesota, to improve teacher effectiveness as a means to reduce educational disparities and increase the number of learners who attend post-secondary school.

    Partnership – TC2 is a partnership of six private institutions of higher education in the Twin Cities metropolitan area: Augsburg College, Bethel University, Concordia University, Saint Paul, Hamline University, St. Catherine University, and the University of St. Thomas. These institutions share a long and rich history and collectively prepare nearly 20% of all new teachers licensed in Minnesota.

    Programs – TC2 teacher preparation initiatives include a strategic recruitment process, a continuum of mentoring and induction, a residency-like preparation model, and embedded assessments. Each area has a work team of P-12 teachers and representatives from each of the TC2 partner organizations.


    Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

    The Human Resource Management programs, at the undergraduate and graduate levels, are aligned with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Both the undergraduate and graduate programs have been judged by the organization as satisfying the core content guidelines expected by the Society.

    Society for Human Resource Management
    1800 Duke Street
    Alexandria, VA


  • The Concordia Partnership Advantage provides a unique opportunity for employers to work directly with Concordia University, St. Paul to develop a well-educated workforce that is better equipped to manage and support the business goals of the organization.

    The program is a mutually beneficial partnership that offers employees or members of the partnering organization a $2,000 tuition discount exclusively upon acceptance and priority admission status when they enroll in any undergraduate or graduate degree program at Concordia University, St. Paul. There is no additional investment required of partnering organizations. You simply make the program available to your employees or members and reap the benefits of a better educated workforce.