Southeast Intensive English Program Earns CEA Accreditation

The Intensive English Program (IEP) at Southeast Missouri State University has received continued initial accreditation from the Commission of English Language Program Accreditation (CEA).

The continued initial accreditation is for four years after the program was granted one-year initial accreditation last year.

The CEA, a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, uses a measured accreditation process for evaluating the effectiveness and quality of a program, and is a great honor for Southeast’s IEP, said Breanna Walling, director of the program.

“CEA Accreditation is internationally recognized as an indication of excellence among intensive English programs. This accomplishment affirms that the IEP meets high standards in every area of our program, including curriculum, instruction, administration and student services,” Walling said. “The Commission’s decision recognizes our dedication to student success through high caliber language training. Students can be confident that the language skills they learn here will help them succeed in their future studies and career.”

Southeast’s IEP serves English language learners by providing coursework in listening and speaking, reading, writing and grammar. The program emphasizes the linguistic skills, cultural awareness, and critical thinking skills necessary to succeed at an American university. The program currently has 70 students enrolled this semester.

“Many students who complete the IEP choose to pursue undergraduate or graduate degrees at Southeast,” Walling said.

Southeast’s Intensive English Program first applied for accreditation in 2013. After a rigorous self-study and site review process, the program was granted initial accreditation in April 2016.