One of the hallmarks of excellence for higher education institutions is accreditation. To achieve accreditation by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, colleges and universities must meet strict quality standards in areas such as academic degree programs, faculty, fulfillment of institutional mission, student services and technology. Studying at an accredited institution, such as Southern Wesleyan University, ensures that course credits and degrees that you earn here will be accepted by other accredited colleges and universities.
Southern Wesleyan University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees. Degree-granting institutions also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Southern Wesleyan University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling +1 404-679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website. (2023)
Individual Program Accreditation
In addition to regional accreditation, individual programs at SWU are accredited or otherwise recognized by specialized professional and accrediting agencies:
Benson School of Business
SWU is a candidate for accreditation with The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). This accreditation is for business degree programs offered through the School of Business.
School of Education
Education programs are approved by the South Carolina State Board of Education using the Standards of the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC).
The School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) at the initial teacher preparation and advanced preparation levels.
Initial Level accredited programs include:
Early Childhood Education
Advanced Level accredited programs include:
Administration and Supervision
Division of Fine Arts
Fine Arts programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) for demonstrating excellence in their academic programs.
Southern Wesleyan also holds educational memberships in organizations, including:
- Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU)
- South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU)