• Leading by Advancing Standards

    Leading by Advancing Standards

    CEA’s mission is to promote excellence in the field of English language teaching and administration, as well as to protect the interests of students, through accreditation of English language programs and institutions worldwide. CEA achieves its mission by advancing widely-held standards to foster continuous program development through a rigorous process of regular self-assessment and peer evaluation.

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  • Learn more about the accreditation process and CEA standards, view fees and upcoming workshops, and download application forms.
  • The decision to study English in the United States is a big one, and with that decision come many questions.
  • Programs and institutions accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation.

The Value of CEA Accreditation

John Pope, Executive Director
English Language Institute at George Mason University

CEA accreditation has proven invaluable for a number of reasons.

  • The CEA standards provide clear benchmarks reflecting current best practices within the profession. Responding to each of the standards during the preparation of the program's self-study provides the opportunity to review and make improvements or to establish policies and procedures which may have been previously lacking, all of which lead to increased student satisfaction.
  • The self-study and subsequent site visit require total faculty/staff buy-in and involvement, resulting in a significant professional development opportunity lending depth to the program's knowledge bank.
  • Being formally accredited by the agency recognized by Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education for accrediting intensive English programs also heightens respect for the program at the university or host institution level.

In today's international student marketplace, CEA accreditation provides a competitive advantage – potential students and their sponsors shop around for best values and CEA accreditation has become a recognized hallmark for excellence among intensive English programs.

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