Salem is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) . The Commission also accredits universities like Arizona State University, West Virginia University, Miami University, and Michigan State University, to name a few.

SIU is a member of the North Central Association ( The HLC can be contacted at 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604, (800) 621-7440 ( The HLC is one of six regional accreditation bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Click the logo to the right to review Salem’s Statement of Affiliation Status.

Accredited by a CHEA-Recognized Accrediting OrganizationSalem 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. 

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.

The School of Education received national program recognition for its graduate level educational leadership programs and undergraduate physical education and health teacher education programs as part of the NCATE legacy accreditation process. These include Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC), the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE), and American Association for Health Education (AAHE).

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. It may be contacted via its web site 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 (NC-SARA).

Salem International University is regulated by the Board for Proprietary Education
Indiana Commission for Higher Education
101 West Ohio Street, Suite 670
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone (317) 464-4400 Ext 138 and Ext 141
Fax (317) 233-4219

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