Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling – accredited since 2002; reaccreditation 2017
M.S. Counselor Education PK-12 School Counseling – accredited since 2002; reaccreditation 2017

What is CACREP?

CACREP is a national accrediting organization that supports excellence in counselor preparation program through rigorous standards, a continuous review process, and the promotion of the counseling profession.

Why is CACREP Important?       

  • CACREP is the only accrediting agency in the counseling profession accepted as a hiring credential by the federal government.
  • CACREP programs prepare graduates for passing demanding licensure exams.
  • CACREP accreditation increases the employment opportunities for graduates seeking employment in federal agencies such as the VA or TRICARE health systems.
  • CACREP enhances the portability of credentials for graduates who must relocate.
  • CACREP assists programs in recruiting qualified graduate students.         


Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE)

M.S. Counselor Education PK-12 School Counseling – approved institutional certification program

What is PDE?

The goal of the Department is to prepare children to be productive citizens by receiving a high quality education.

Why is PDE Important?

PDE approves the certification of all teacher and specialist candidates.  As educational specialists, graduates of the Counselor Education PK-12 school counseling program will submit their applications for Pennsylvania certification for approval by PDE.


Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors

M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling – coursework meets the requirements for PA licensure (LPC)
M.S. Counselor Education PK-12 School Counseling – coursework meets the requirements for PA licensure (LPC)

What is the Licensing Board?

The Licensing Board protects the public from fraudulent and unethical practitioners.  The Board approves all applications for the professional counseling license (LPC) in Pennsylvania.  LPC requirements 

Why is the LPC Important?

Counselors possessing the professional counseling license have a wider variety of employment and scope of practice opportunities including private practice and supervision.


Council for the Accreditation of Educator Programs (CAEP)

M.S. Counselor Education PK-12 School Counseling – accredited institutional graduate preparation program; reaccreditation 2021

What is CAEP?

Formerly NCATE, CAEP is a national institutional accreditation organization that promotes quality teacher and specialist training programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Why is CAEP Important?

CAEP accreditation provides strong evidence that the teacher preparation programs offered within an institution are involved in high quality training methodologies, continuous improvement, and evidence based practice.