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The Importance of Accreditation

Martin Luther College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). The commission accredits more than 1,000 colleges and universities in 19 states, including the state universities and colleges in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. MLC is approved to offer the Master of Science in Education degree. Why is this accreditation important?

Accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) ensures MLC graduate students that they receive the learning experience equal to or greater than that received in other accredited institutions. Students in accredited institutions discover, acquire, and apply knowledge through effective teaching practices. An accredited institution’s program reflects its mission, fulfills its stated objectives, and demonstrates its long-term viability.

Accreditation also means that a student’s Master of Science in Education degree from MLC is respected at recognized. The U.S. Department of Education recognizes the HLC as a reliable authority to assure students and employers of the quality of the degrees in the institutions it accredits. Because all other HLC accredited institutions must meet the same standards, accreditation assures that the credits and degrees earned in one are comparable to credits and degrees earned at another. A graduate student can also be confident that credits may transfer between fellow accredited institutions. The MLC Master of Science in Education degree is a valuable credential.