CHRD Program Accreditation
The MS in CHRD specializing in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, College Counseling, and School Counseling have been fully accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) since November 1, 1994. CACREP is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The program is currently accredited under the 2001 standards and will be reviewed again in 2017.
CACREP accreditation provides recognition that the content and quality of the CHRD program has been evaluated and meets standards set by the profession. Graduates from CACREP accredited programs score higher on national counselor exams, are perceived by others to have better counseling abilities, obtain state licensing easier, and are eligible to waive two years of supervised field work after graduation that is required for the National Certified Counselor credential offered through the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC).
Ninety students are currently pursuing a CACREP accredited specialization; 133 students have graduated since Fall 2009.
The MS in CHRD specializing in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling has been provisionally accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) since Fall 2009.
CORE accreditation provides recognition of the scope and quality of CHRD's Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling specialization and that the specialization has been evaluated and meets standards established by the rehabilitation counseling profession. This program is designed to prepare graduates to be eligible for licensure in counseling and certification through the Commission for Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC).
Twelve students are currently pursuing the specialization in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling; 22 students have graduated since the provisional accreditation in Fall 2009.