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    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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End term of accreditation

Is CEA planning to change or extend end dates of accreditation as a result of COVID-19?

CEA has no current plans to make blanket adjustments to review timelines or procedures as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The US Department of Education has granted broad permissions to accrediting agencies “to extend accreditation terms or provide additional good cause extensions… to enable institutions and programs to continue serving students during COVID-19 related interruptions of regular campus operations.” An extension to the period of accreditation under the Section 23 Temporary Policy Adaptations requires a formal written request to Heidi Vellenga, Executive Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

What if my site is due for an accreditation decision?

CEA Policies and Procedures allow for an extension of a period of accreditation by one cycle under certain circumstances, due to CEA’s scheduling constraints or unexpected circumstances at the site.  The CEA Executive Director may approve the extension of the accredited status for one cycle, that is, until the next Commission meeting at which the site can be reviewed. To request an extension or discuss options, please contact Heidi Vellenga, Executive Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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