Accreditation and Licensure
Thomas Edison State College was established by the New Jersey Board of Higher Education on July 1, 1972 and was established as a State College in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 64 of Title 18A on May 18th 1973. Thomas Edison State College was renamed Thomas Edison State University on December 21, 2015 and continues to operate as a licensed New Jersey higher education institution under the provisions of the NEW JERSEY ADMINISTRATIVE CODE, TITLE 9A:1-1.3(e).
The New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education is the state licensing entity for Thomas Edison State University.
Students desiring to file a complaint with the NJ Office of the Secretary of Higher Education should follow the procedures established by the Office of the Secretary using the following link: http://www.state.nj.us/highereducation/OSHEComplaintInstructions.shtml
Note: Students should follow Thomas Edison State University complaint procedures before contacting the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education. The Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE) will not review a complaint until all grievance procedures at the institution have been followed, all avenues of appeal exhausted, and documentation provided that such procedures have been exhausted.
Thomas Edison State University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267-284-5000). This prestigious accreditation is part of a national system of quality assurance which requires colleges and universities to reach a common understanding and agreement as to the standards of quality for American higher education.
The W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing baccalaureate and master's degree programs, and graduate certificate programs at Thomas Edison State University are accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000
The W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing baccalaureate and master's degree nursing programs at Thomas Edison State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C. 20036-1120, (202) 887-6791.
The W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing programs at Thomas Edison State University are approved by the New Jersey Board of Nursing, PO Box 45010, Newark, NJ 07101, (973) 504-6430.
Thomas Edison State University’s Master of Arts in Educational Leadership Program, which is designed to prepare educators for roles in school leadership, is awarded Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) accreditation by the Inquiry Brief Commission of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) for a period of seven years, from April 2015 and April 2022. The accreditation does not include individual education courses that the EPP offers to P-12 educators for professional development, relicensure or other purposes. This accreditation certifies that the forenamed professional education program has provided evidence that the program adheres to TEAC’s quality principles. The TEAC Public Performance Disclosure as applicable to the Educational Leadership program is available online.
The Thomas Edison State University bachelor's degrees in Nuclear Energy Engineering Technology and Electronics Systems Engineering Technology are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET. ABET is a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Thomas Edison State University's associate degree program and undergraduate certificate in Polysomnography was awarded initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The initial accreditation status is valid from March 16, 2012 until March 31, 2017.
Accreditation documentation can be obtained by contacting the accrediting agency directly.
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
One Dupont Circle, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036-1120
Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET
111 Market Pl., Suite 1050
Baltimore, MD 21202
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
3264 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road, N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30326
New Jersey Board of Nursing
P.O. Box 45010
Newark, NJ 07101
Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC)
One Dupont Circle NW
Washington, DC 20036
Students desiring to file a complaint with an accreditor of Thomas Edison State University should contact the accreditor directly at the contact information provided above for each accrediting agency.