Caldwell College was founded as a Catholic liberal arts college by the Sisters of Saint Dominic under the leadership of Mother M. Joseph Dunn, O.P., with the approval of the Most Reverend Thomas Joseph Walsh, Archbishop of Newark, who became its first president. Nancy H. Blattner, Ph.D., OPA became Caldwell College’s eighth and current President in July of 2009.
Caldwell College was incorporated on August 10, 1939, as an institution of higher learning for women under the laws of the State of New Jersey and empowered to grant degrees. In 1952, Caldwell College received full accreditation from the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, Telephone: 267-284-5000. Caldwell College has maintained this accreditation, which was last reaffirmed in June 2010.
In 1974, Caldwell College became the first institution in New Jersey to award the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. In 1979, Caldwell College became one of the few institutions in the state to offer a unique external degree program. In 1985, the Board of Trustees of the College voted to make Caldwell College fully co-educational, enabling men to receive the superior education and career preparation that women had been able to receive for fifty years. Caldwell College welcomed the first full-time male students in the fall of 1986.
In November 1992, Caldwell College reached another plateau: the New Jersey Board of Higher Education granted approval for the College to offer the M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction. During the summer of 1993, the first graduate students began classes.
The College now offers eleven graduate degree programs, along with a number of post-baccalaureate and post-masters’ programs. The College has consistently shown growth in the area of Graduate Studies, including the following additions: in 2000, the College was the first in New Jersey to offer a specialization in Art Therapy within the M.A. in Counseling and in 2008, the first Post-Graduate M.A. in Art Therapy; in 2001, the College initiated a Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program in Special Education and a dual Certification Program in Early Childhood and Elementary Education; in 2003, the College began offering an M.B.A. program in the Business Department and the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® approved a course sequence submitted by Caldwell College as meeting the coursework requirement for taking the Board Certified Behavior Analyst™ examination. In fall 2005, the College introduced an M.A. in Special Education and an M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis. In 2007, an M.B.A. program with Nonprofit Management concentration was added. In the fall of 2009, the College began offering its first doctoral program, a Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis. In the fall of 2010, a B.S.N. degree program was introduced. In spring 2012, the B.S.N. degree program received accreditation through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Several of the College’s academic programs have received specialized academic accreditations: Caldwell College is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) to offer the following programs: B.S. in Business Administration, B.S. in Accounting, B.S. in Financial Economics, B.S. in Marketing, M.B.A., M.B.A. with a Concentration in Accounting, and an M.B.A. with a Concentration in Nonprofit Management.
The Caldwell College’s Teacher Preparation program is pre-accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) for a period of five years from September 2008 to September 2013. The accreditation certifies that the Caldwell College professional education program has provided evidence that the program adheres to TEAC’s quality principles.
Two of Caldwell College’s graduate programs in counseling (mental health and school counseling) have received accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP).