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Accreditation and Licensure

What Does Accreditation Mean?



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:

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.

CCNEThe baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, and doctor of nursing practice program at Thomas Edison State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Thomas Edison State University is accredited 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.

Thomas Edison State University's bachelor's degrees in Nuclear Energy Engineering Technology and Electronics System 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). Continuing accreditation status is valid from March 17, 2017 until 2022.

ACBSPThe School of Business and Management's Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Management and Master of Science in Human Resources Management (MSHRM) degree programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).


Accreditation documentation can be obtained by contacting the accrediting agency directly.

Contact information:

Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
11520 West 119th Street
Overland Park, KS  66213
(913) 339-9356

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
25400 US Highway 19 N, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL  33763
(727) 210-2350

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
655 K Street, N.W., Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 887-6791

Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET
111 Market Pl., Suite 1050
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 347-7700

Middle States Commission on Higher Education
3264 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(267) 284-5000

New Jersey Board of Nursing
P.O. Box 45010
Newark, NJ 07101
(973) 504-6430

Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC)
One Dupont Circle NW
Suite 320
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 466-7236

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.

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