Accreditation & Authorization

Montreat College is an accredited institution. For over 100 years we have offered a quality Christian education to our students.

Our Accreditation

Montreat College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges Southern Association of Colleges & Schools to award associate, bachelor, and master degrees.  You can contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Montreat College. If you want to speak with someone at Montreat College about our accreditation, please contact Gregory Kerr, Ph.D., at (828) 669-8012 ext. 3621 or gkerr@montreat.edu.

Montreat College is approved to prepare students for elementary education teacher licensure by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NC-DPI).

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), has granted accreditation to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program in the School of Adult and Graduate Studies at Montreat College.

The Master of Science in Environmental Education program is accredited by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE). Outdoor Education programs are accredited by the Wilderness Education Association and the Commission on Outdoor Education and Leadership.

State Authorization

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. The primary objectives of SARA are to make it easier for institutions in North Carolina to provide online and distance education options to students in other states and to provide basic protections for those students.

Student Complaints

Montreat College Complaint Process

Students seeking to resolve a complaint should follow the grievance process found in the Adult and Graduate Studies Academic Catalog, page 81.

North Carolina Complaint Process

The Attorney General of the State of North Carolina is empowered by law to receive, investigate and work to resolve complaints that may arise against Montreat College or other North Carolina private, non-profit colleges and universities. It has been determined by the Attorney General’s office that persons wishing to file a complaint against Montreat College or other private, non-profit colleges and universities in the state can use the link on the N.C. Department of Justice website to obtain a complaint form. In addition to using this link, you may file such a complaint at the following address:

North Carolina Department of Justice
Consumer Protection Division
9001 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, N.C. 27699-9001

You may also contact the Attorney General of North Carolina to initiate this type of complaint by calling: 1-877-566-7226. Outside of North Carolina, please call 919-716-6000. En Espanol 919-716-0058.

SARA North Carolina Portal Information and Complaint Process

Mailing Address

NCSEAA c/o SARA North Carolina
P.O. Box 14103
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709

Telephone

(855) SARA1NC toll free
(855) 727-2162 toll free
(919) 248-4667 local
(919) 248-6667, fax

Email

Complaint Processes for Other States

View State complaint information by state and agency.

Regional Accreditor Complaint Process and Form

View the complaint process and form for SACSCOC.

Professional Licensure

Eligibility for licensure and/or certification may involve more than successful degree completion. All Montreat College academic programs prepare students to sit for applicable licensure and/or certification in North Carolina. In order to comply with U.S. Department of Education regulations regarding distance education and professional licensure, Montreat College is required to make the following disclosure with respect to professional licensure and/or certification outside the state of North Carolina.

Professional licensure/certification requirements vary from state to state and are constantly being revised. Because of this changeable environment, Montreat College cannot unequivocally state whether a particular program meets requirements for professional licensure and/or certification outside of the State of North Carolina. However, we want to students to be able to make informed enrollment decisions. Therefore, we would be glad to work with prospective distance students prior to enrolling in order for them to assess whether a Montreat College program meets licensure and/or certification requirements in their state.