What is CACREP?

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs is a United States specialized counseling accreditor program recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CACREP accredits various specialization areas of counseling programs at both masters and doctoral levels, not just in the United States, but throughout the world. Some of the master’s level counseling areas CACREP accredits are as follows:

  • Career Counseling
  • Addiction Counseling
  • Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Marriage, Family, and Couple Counseling
  • Student Affairs and College Counseling
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • School Counseling and Rehabilitation Counseling

Doctoral programs accredited by CACREP include supervision and counselor education.

How Does CACREP Accreditation Work?

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There are two accreditation types in the United States – specialized and institutional. Institutional accreditation focuses on the entire institution, whereas specialized accreditors focus on an institution’s professional preparation programs.

CACREP is a specialized accreditor; however, when CACREP reviews programs there are several standards that deal with issues at the institutional level, like financial aid. However, most of the review and application emphasizes the quality of the graduate degree counseling program. It’s important to note that the college or department that offers the degree program is not being accredited; it is the specific degree program that receives accreditation.

In order to become accredited, a counselor education program must fulfill certain requirements and standards with regard to

  • Institutional settings
  • Program mission and objectives
  • Program content
  • Practicum experiences
  • Student selection and advising
  • Faculty qualifications and workload
  • Program governance
  • Instructional support
  • Self-evaluation

Why Should I Attend an Accredited Program?

Think of it this way, by completing an accredited program you can get hired by an employer whether they require an accredited program or not, but by not completing an accredited program, you will only be eligible to work for employers that do not require you to have completed an accredited program.

Besides that, if a program is not accredited, how can you be sure that you will learn what you need to know in an ever-changing world that constantly requires upgrades to training programs? It’s for just this reason that some states actually require you to have attended a CACREP-accredited program in order to gain licensure.

The following are more reasons why accreditation is important:

  • It helps determine if a program or institution meets or exceeds at least minimum standards of quality.
  • It helps employers determine if an employee is eligible for tuition reimbursement programs.
  • It helps employers conclude the validity of educational programs and if a graduate received a quality education. Employers often require proof that applicants earned a degree from an accredited program or institution.
  • It involves faculty, staff, students, and advisory boards in institutional planning and evaluation.
  • It enables graduates to obtain certifications.
  • It helps students choose an acceptable program or institution to enroll in.
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CACREP Accredited Programs by State:

School: Auburn University – Montgomery

Available Programs: School Counselling (M.Ed.); Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.Ed.)

Accredited Until: 2026

School: Troy University

Available Programs: Rehabilitation Counseling (M.S.)

Accredited Until: 2023

Alabama: Read More

School: University of Alaska Fairbanks

Available Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.Ed.) & School Counseling (M.Ed.)

Accredited Until: 2020

Alaska: Read More

School: Argosy University Phoenix

Available Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.)

Accredited Until: 2024

School: University of Phoenix - Arizona

Available Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.)

Accredited Until: 2026

Arizona: Read More

School: Harding University

Available Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S./Ed.S.); School Counseling (M.S.)

Accredited Until: 2023

School: Henderson State University

Available Programs: School Counseling (M.S.E.); Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.)

Accredited Until: 2026

Arkansas: Read More

School: Argosy University Online

Available Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.)

Accredited Until: 2027

School: Saybrook University

Available Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.)

Accredited Until: 2026

California: Read More

School: Regis University

Available Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.)

Accredited Until: 2023

School: University of Colorado at Denver

Available Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.); Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling (M.A.); School Counseling (M.A.)

Accredited Until: 2021

Colorado: Read More

School: Fairfield University

Available Programs: School Counseling (M.A.); Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.)

Accredited Until: 2025

School: University of Connecticut

Available Programs: School Counseling (M.A.)

Accredited Until: 2023

Connecticut: Read More

School: Wilmington University

Available Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.)

Accredited Until: 2021

Delaware: Read More

School: Florida Atlantic University

Available Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.Ed.); Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling (M.Ed.); School Counseling (M.Ed.); Counselor Education and Supervision (Ph.D.)

Accredited Until: 2023

School: Stetson University

Available Programs: Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling (M.S.); Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.)

Accredited Until: 2026

Florida: Read More

School: Argosy University Atlanta

Available Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.); Counselor Education and Supervision (Ed.D.)

Accredited Until: 2025

School: Columbus State University

Available Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.); School Counseling (M.Ed.)

Accredited Until: 2025

Georgia: Read More

School: University of Hawai'i Manoa

Available Programs: Rehabilitation Counseling (M.S.)

Accredited Until: 2019

Hawaii: Read More

School: Idaho State University

Available Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M. Coun.); School Counseling (M. Coun.); College Counseling and Student Affairs (M. Coun.); Counselor Education and Supervision (Ph.D.); Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling (M. Coun.)

Accredited Until: 2025

School: Northwest Nazarene University

Available Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.); School Counseling (M.S.); Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling (M.S.)

Accredited Until: 2025

Idaho: Read More

School: Argosy University Chicago

Available Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.); Counselor Education and Supervision (Ed.D.)

Accredited Until: 2026

School: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology - Online

Available Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.)

Accredited Until: 2026

Illinois: Read More

School: Ball State University

Available Programs: Rehabilitation Counseling (M.A.)

Accredited Until: 2021

School: Butler University

Available Programs: School Counseling (M.S.)

Accredited Until: 2021

Indiana: Read More

School: Drake University

Available Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.); School Counseling (M.S.); Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling (M.S.)

Accredited Until: 2023

School: The University of Iowa

Available Programs: Rehabilitation Counseling (M.A.)

Accredited Until: 2023

Iowa: Read More

School: Kansas State University

Available Programs: School Counseling (M.S.); Counselor Education and Supervision (Ph.D.)

Accredited Until: 2024

School: Emporia State University

Available Programs: School Counseling (M.S.); Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.); Rehabilitation Counseling (M.S.)

Accredited Until: 2021

Kansas: Read More

School: Asbury Seminary

Available Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.)

Accredited Until: 2024

School: University of the Cumberlands

Available Programs: Addiction Counseling (M.A.); Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.); Counselor Education and Supervision (Ed.D./Ph.D.)

Accredited Until: 2024

Kentucky: Read More

School: Louisiana State University

Available Programs: School Counseling (M.Ed.); Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.Ed.)

Accredited Until: 2025

School: McNeese State University

Available Programs: School Counseling (M.Ed.)

Accredited Until: 2024

Louisiana: Read More

School: Husson University

Available Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.); School Counseling (M.S.)

Accredited Until: 2023

School: University of Southern Maine

Available Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling (M.S.)

Accredited Until: 2023

Maine: Read More

School: Bowie State University

Available Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.); School Counseling (M.Ed.)

Accredited Until: 2025

School: University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Available Programs: Rehabilitation Counseling (M.S.)

Accredited Until: 2024

Maryland: Read More

School: Assumption College

Available Programs: Rehabilitation Counseling (M.A.)

Accredited Until: 2024

School: Springfield College

Available Programs: Rehabilitation Counseling (M.Ed./M.S.)

Accredited Until: 2025

Massachusetts: Read More

School: Spring Arbor University

Available Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.); School Counseling (M.A.)

Accredited Until: 2024

School: University of Detroit Mercy

Available Programs: School Counseling (M.A.); Addiction Counseling (M.A.); Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.)

Accredited Until: 2024

Michigan: Read More

School: Walden University

Available Programs: Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling (M.S.); Counselor Education and Supervision (Ph.D.); Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.); Addiction Counseling (M.S.)

Accredited Until: 2025

School: St. Cloud State University

Available Programs: School Counseling (M.S.); Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.)

Accredited Until: 2024

Minnesota: Read More

School: Mississippi State University

Available Programs: Rehabilitation Counseling (M.S.)

Accredited Until: 2025

School: University of Mississippi

Available Programs: School Counseling (M.Ed./Ed.S.); Counselor Education and Supervision (Ph.D.); Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.Ed.)

Accredited Until: 2024

Mississippi: Read More

School: University of Central Missouri

Available Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.); School Counseling (M.S.)

Accredited Until: 2026

School: University of Missouri-St. Louis

Available Programs: School Counseling (M.Ed.); Counselor Education and Supervision (Ph.D.)

Accredited Until: 2024

Missouri: Read More

School: Montana State University Billings

Available Programs: Rehabilitation Counseling (M.S.)

Accredited Until: 2025

School: Montana State University

Available Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.); Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling (M.S.); School Counseling (M.Ed.)

Accredited Until: 2023

Montana: Read More

School: University of Nebraska at Omaha

Available Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A./M.S.); School Counseling (M.A./M.S.)

Accredited Until: 2024

School: Wayne State College

Available Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.E.)

Accredited Until: 2024

Nebraska: Read More

School: University of Nevada Reno

Available Programs: Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling (M.A.); Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.); School Counseling (M.A.); Counselor Education and Supervision (Ph.D.)

Accredited Until: 2024

Nevada: Read More

School: Plymouth State University

Available Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.); School Counseling (M.Ed.)

Accredited Until: 2023

School: Antioch University New England

Available Programs: Mental Health Counseling (M.A.)

Accredited Until: 2019

New Hampshire: Read More

School: Monmouth University - CMHC Program

Available Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.)

Accredited Until: 2025

School: Montclair State University

Available Programs: Counselor Education and Supervision (Ph.D.); School Counseling (M.A.); Addiction Counseling (M.A.); Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.)

Accredited Until: 2025

New Jersey: Read More

School: New Mexico State University

Available Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.)

Accredited Until: 2023

School: University of New Mexico

Available Programs: School Counseling (M.A.); Counselor Education and Supervision (Ph.D.); Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.)

Accredited Until: 2020

New Mexico: Read More

School: Canisius College

Available Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.); School Counseling (M.S.)

Accredited Until: 2025

School: State University of New York at Oswego

Available Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.)

Accredited Until: 2025

New York: Read More

School: Campbell University

Available Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.); School Counseling (M.Ed.)

Accredited Until: 2026

School: University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Available Programs: Student Affairs and College Counseling (M.S./Ed.S.); Counselor Education and Supervision (Ph.D.); Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling (M.S./Ed.S.)

Accredited Until: 2026

North Carolina: Read More

School: Northern State University

Available Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.Ed.); School Counseling (M.S.Ed.)

Accredited Until: 2025

School: University of South Dakota

Available Programs: School Counseling (M.A.); Counselor Education and Supervision (Ph.D.); Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.)

Accredited Until: 2024

North Dakota: Read More

School: Heidelberg University

Available Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.); School Counseling (M.A.)

Accredited Until: 2027

School: University of Dayton

Available Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.Ed.); School Counseling (M.Ed.)

Accredited Until: 2026

Ohio: Read More

School: Northeastern State University

Available Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.); School Counseling (M.S.); Addiction Counseling (M.S.)

Accredited Until: 2023

School: East Central University

Available Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling (M.S.)

Accredited Until: 2023

Oklahoma: Read More

School: Lewis & Clark College

Available Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A./M.S.)

Accredited Until: 2027

School: Western Oregon University

Available Programs: Rehabilitation Counseling (M.S.)

Accredited Until: 2025

Oregon: Read More

School: West Chester University

Available Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.); School Counseling (M.Ed.)

Accredited Until: 2025

School: Duquesne University

Available Programs: School Counseling (M.S.Ed.); Marital, Couple, and Family Counseling/Therapy (M.S.Ed.); Counselor Education and Supervision (Ph.D.); Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.Ed.)

Accredited Until: 2025

Pennsylvania: Read More

School: Salve Regina University

Available Programs: Rehabilitation Counseling (M.A.)

Accredited Until: 2025

School: Rhode Island College

Available Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.)

Accredited Until: 2024

Rhode Island: Read More

School: Clemson University

Available Programs: School Counseling (M.Ed./Ed.S.); Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.Ed./Ed.S.)

Accredited Until: 2023

School: Winthrop University

Available Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.Ed.); School Counseling (M.Ed.)

Accredited Until: 2024

South Carolina: Read More

School: Northern State University

Available Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.Ed.); School Counseling (M.S.Ed.)

Accredited Until: 2025

School: University of South Dakota

Available Programs: School Counseling (M.A.); Counselor Education and Supervision (Ph.D.); Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.)

Accredited Until: 2024

South Dakota: Read More

School: University of Memphis

Available Programs: Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling (M.S.)

Accredited Until: 2025

School: University of Memphis

Available Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.); School Counseling (M.S.); Counselor Education and Supervision (M.S.)

Accredited Until: 2025

Tennessee: Read More

School: University of Texas at El Paso

Available Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.)

Accredited Until: 2027

School: Southern Methodist University

Available Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.); Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling (M.S.); School Counseling (M.S.);

Accredited Until: 2026

Texas: Read More

School: Westminster College

Available Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.)

Accredited Until: 2026

School: University of Phoenix - Utah

Available Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.)

Accredited Until: 2019

Utah: Read More

School: University of Vermont

Available Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.); School Counseling (M.S.)

Accredited Until: 2020

Vermont: Read More

School: Eastern Mennonite University

Available Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.)

Accredited Until: 2025

School: Marymount University

Available Programs: School Counseling (M.A.); Counselor Education and Supervision (Ed.D.); Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.); Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.)

Accredited Until: 2025

Virginia: Read More

School: West Virginia University

Available Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.); School Counseling (M.A.)

Accredited Until: 2025

School: West Virginia University

Available Programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling (M.S.)

Accredited Until: 2023

West Virginia: Read More

School: University of Wisconsin River Falls

Available Programs: School Counseling (M.S.)

Accredited Until: 2024

School: University of Wisconsin, Whitewater

Available Programs: School Counseling (M.S.); Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.)

Accredited Until: 2024

Wisconsin: Read More

School: University of Wyoming

Available Programs: School Counseling (M.S.); Counselor Education and Supervision (Ph.D.); Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.)

Accredited Until: 2020

Wyoming: Read More