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Salem is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

HLC can be contacted at 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604, (800) 621-7440 ( HLC is one of six regional accreditation bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Click the HLC logo for more information.

Salem International University is an approved member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The CHEA is a national advocate and institutional voice for promoting academic quality through accreditation. In July 2015 the School of Business was awarded candidacy status by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (, 913.339.9356).

The School of Education was awarded accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) through the NCATE legacy process,, telephone 202.223.0077, in October 2014 and is effective through 2021. This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs at Salem; however, this accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P-12 educators for professional development, re-licensure, or other purposes.

ELCC is the NCATE Specialized Professional Association (SPA) for leadership preparation and is governed by the National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA),

AAHE is the NCATE SPA for health education, which is part of the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America,, formerly known as the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD),

NASPE is the NCATE SPA for sports and physical education, which is part of SHAPE America (formerly AAHPERD),

Salem’s educator preparation programs leading to licensure have been approved by the West Virginia Board of Education, a division of the West Virginia Department of Education, since their inception, most recently in conjunction with CAEP NCATE legacy accreditation. The department may be contacted at or by telephone 304.558.2681.

The Certificate in Practical Nursing is fully accredited by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Licensed Practical Nurses ( It conforms to the requirements of West Virginia 10 CSR 1, Policies and Procedures for Development and Maintenance of Educational Programs in Practical Nursing.

The Associate of Science in Nursing is provisionally accredited by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses ( It conforms to the requirements of West Virginia 19 CSR 1, Policies, Standards and Criteria for the Evaluation and Accreditation of Colleges, Departments or Schools of Nursing.

Salem International University is an approved member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (, 303.541.0275).

Salem International University is authorized by the Indiana Board for Proprietary Education.
101 West Ohio Street, Suite 670,
Indianapolis, IN 46204-1987. (

Salem is authorized by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (, 304.558.2101). Click here for a list of private institutions in West Virginia.

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