Why seek NCASES Accreditation?

- Achieve peer reviewed recognition for excellence in special education

- Demonstrate quality of your programs to families, foundations, and the community

-  Strengthen your standards for best practices

- Reinforce your program’s mission and goals

Mission Statement

NCASES strives to ensure that special education programs and services maintain excellence through demonstrable adherence to a set of established national Standards. 

NCASES Overview

The National Commission on Accreditation of Special Education Services (NCASES) is a subsidiary of the National Association of Private Special Education Centers (NAPSEC).  The NCASES Board of Directors approves the members of the Commission, known as Commissioners.  NCASES has the privilege and responsibility for applying national best practice Standards for applicant agencies in different regions, under different auspices, serving different types of individuals, and with different organizational purposes. All members of the NCASES Board of Directors, Commission, and Site Review Team serve on a voluntary basis.   


Need for Accreditation

NCASES was established out of concern that programs of excellence are recognized and reinforced so that quality control may be maintained within private special education services. NAPSEC established an accreditation process available to all special education agencies. NCASES provides a process and set of Standards by which it is to be evaluated.  The agency can be recognized as providing quality special education services, regardless of distinctions attributable to different states, regions, auspices, and purposes, and provides a high quality of special education services appropriate to the needs of its clientele.

Accreditation by NCASES

·  Is voluntary;


·  Assures the community that the agency has met best current practices;


·  Assists prospective clients, families, and public agencies in choosing a service provider; and


·  Assists in the development of agency improvement goals.

NCASES External link opens in new tab or windowis recognized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's External link opens in new tab or windowStudent and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) as an accrediting agency for private elementary and secondary schools.