Cannon-Clary College of Education


CAEP Accreditation


The Cannon-Clary College of Education is fully accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) from 2016 to 2023.  This accreditation includes the following sites: Searcy, Northwest Arkansas Professional Center, North Little Rock Professional Center, and Mid-South Professional Center.  The accreditation does not include individual education courses that the EPP offers to P-12 educators for professional development, re-licensure, or other purposes. See our CAEP Accredited Programs.

Previously, the Cannon-Clary College of Education was continuously accredited by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since the initial visit in 1961.

The Cannon-Clary College of Education has earned national accreditation by demonstrating excellence in the areas of content and pedagogy, clinical experiences, selectivity, program impact, and capacity for continuous improvement. CAEP is the sole national accreditor for educator preparation nationwide.

CACREP Accreditation

CACREP accreditation signals that a program’s content and quality have been evaluated and meet strict, consistent standards set by the profession. Choosing a CACREP-accredited program also means the curriculum contains the academic knowledge necessary for professional licensure in many states.

CACREP-accredited programs assure students—and the public they will one day serve—that a program’s curriculum includes appropriate counseling coursework and skill development. It also ensures that the program is stable, both professionally and financially.

Benefits of graduating from a CACREP-accredited counseling program include:

  • Access to more employment opportunities.
  • An advantage when applying to doctoral degree programs.
  • A streamlined state counseling licensing application process.
  • The skills and credibility to maximize your impact on the counseling profession.
  • The opportunity to sit for the National Counselor Examination (NCE) exam prior to graduation.

Transparency in Performance

The Cannon-Clary College of Education is committed to providing evidence on the quality of our educator preparation programs.  This section provides information regarding state licensure test pass rates, completer GPA trends, graduation/retention rates, initial licensure completer placement rates in Arkansas public schools, case study summary of completer impact in K-12 classroom, survey results, and loan default rates.

In addition, the Cannon Clary College of Education is annually required to provide federal reports on program completers and currently enrolled candidates (Title II) and file an annual accreditation report to the Council of Educator Preparation (CAEP).  In addition, the Arkansas Department of Elementary and Secondary Education also requires the annual EPPQR (Educator Preparation Provider Quality Report).

Measure 1:  Completer effectiveness and Impact on P-12 learning and development

Measure 2: Satisfaction of employers and stakeholder involvement

Measure 3:  Candidate competency at program completion

Measure 4:  Ability of completers to be hired in education positions for which they have prepared

Contact Us

Fax: 501-279-4051

Mailing address:
Harding University
College of Education
Box 12254
Searcy, AR  72149-5615