When you’re considering an English language school in Hawaii, it’s important to keep in mind that not all are created equal. Perhaps you’ve found out that some educational facilities, such as our own, are CEA accredited. What does this mean?
CEA stands for The Commission on English Language Accreditation. The agency’s purpose is to provide a systematic approach by which institutions and programs can be recognized for their continuing pursuits of improvement and demonstrating their compliance with various standards in regards to curriculum, mission, student services, student achievement, recruiting, faculty, and other standards.
The accreditation process involves application for eligibility, attendance of a workshop for those that meet eligibility requirements; a self-study plan and report; a site visit in which a CEA team tours the facilities, visits the classrooms, conducts interviews with students, teachers, and other faculty; and a final review by the CEA commission.
All institutions or facilities seeking CEA accreditation must provide instruction for a minimum of 8 months during a calendar year, allow for the differentiation of students by English language proficiency level, and have a curriculum designed to serve the needs of those whose native language is not English, among other requirements.
As you can see, being an accredited CEA facility is not only prestigious, but important to ensure students receive the highest possible quality of education. If you are considering our English language school in Hawaii, we invite you to learn more about CEA accreditation by visiting the agency’s website at CEA-accredit.org. At ICC Hawaii, our focus is on providing students with the best education and learning experience possible.