CEA: The Commission on English Language Program Accreditation

The English Language Center (ELC) is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation for the period August 2016 through August 2026 and agrees to uphold the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions. CEA is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions in the U.S. For further information about this accreditation, please contact CEA, 1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 630, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 665-3400,

For more information on how to file a complaint against an accredited program, please download this document.


EnglishUSA supports all types of intensive English programs (IEPs). With a membership of over 400 accredited IEPs, English USA is the largest membership organization dedicated to serving and supporting IEPs in the United States. EnglishUSA supports the professional development of IEP leaders and staff, upholds professional standards for IEPs, and increases the visibility of IEPs in the United States. ELC faculty and staff regularly present and participate in English USA events

UCIEP: University and College Intensive English Programs

University and College Intensive English Programs (UCIEP) is an independent consortium of university and college-administered intensive English programs in the United States. Founded in 1967, UCIEP’s purpose is to advance professional standards and quality instruction in intensive English programs at universities and colleges in the United States. The ELC became a member of UCIEP in 1967, and administrators have been active professionally and on the Executive Board ever since.


Faculty and staff have supported the following organizations for years with some individual memberships, center memberships, and by active participation in annual conferences, executive board positions, and volunteer efforts.

ALTE: Association of Language Testers in Europe

The ELC has been an ALTE affiliate for a number of years and has recently become an Associate Member. ALTE is an association of language test providers who work together to promote the fair and accurate assessment of linguistic ability across Europe and beyond.  ALTE organises courses and conferences on aspects of language assessment, and operates a quality auditing system of European language examinations.


NAFSA: Association of International Educators

The ELC has been a member of NAFSA’s International Education programs for over 30 years. NAFSA serves international educators and their institutions and organizations by establishing principles of good practice, providing training and professional development opportunities, providing networking opportunities, and advocating for international education.


TESOL: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) seeks to advance professional expertise in English language teaching and learning for speakers of other languages worldwide.