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Counseling program receives CACREP re-accreditation

The M.Ed. Counselor Education program at Georgia Southern University was granted continued accreditation status from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) in early 2018.

CACREP accreditation recognizes the program’s ability to meet or exceed national standards and demonstrates student’s preparedness for credentialing and entry into the professional practice.

“Accreditation confirms that our students are meeting the requirements to provide quality services to clients they are working with,” said Counselor Education Program Director Brandon Hunt, Ph.D.

According to the CACREP website, benefits of accreditation include: continual self-evaluation, development and self-directed improvement; ongoing consultation; providing a system for accountability; enhancing a program’s reputation; and providing peer recognition.

Hunt also emphasized the benefits to students including expedited opportunity to earn counselor licensure and certification.

“Graduates of our programs can sit for the National Counseling Exam upon graduation and our clinical and mental health graduates can qualify for state licensure in only three years versus four because our program is accredited,” she said.

During the accreditation process, the program published an outcomes report that provided statistical data about the students and graduates of the programs. In all concentrations of the M.Ed. Counselor Education degree, job placement rates were 100%, and completion rates ranged from 90-100%.

“The counselor education faculty and students worked hard to get re-accredited and we’re proud of the message it sends people about the quality of our program.” Hunt said.

For more information about counselor education graduate programs at Georgia Southern University, visit http://coe.georgiasouthern.edu/coun/

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