CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 13, 2014 – Southeast Missouri State University now has three graduate programs in counseling accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
Southeast’s Master of Arts program in career counseling has been approved for accreditation, while the University’s Master of Arts programs in school counseling and mental health counseling have been reaccredited by CACREP.
Southeast’s mental health counseling program, formerly known as community counseling, was initially accredited in March 1998. Southeast’s school counseling program was the University’s second counseling program to become accredited by CACREP in 2005.
“We now have three approved programs,” said Dr. Diana Rogers-Adkinson, dean of Southeast’s College of Education.
In March 2016, Southeast has been asked to submit documentation that it is maintaining a 10-to-one student-to-faculty ratio in these programs after which the programs will be approved through 2021, she said.
“CACREP is very rigorous,” Rogers-Adkinson said. “They have high standards regarding the preparation of counselors. Currently, only three programs are approved in the state of Missouri – Southeast Missouri State, the University of Central Missouri and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. CACREP accreditation is the highest standard in training for counselors nationally. Students know they are attending a high quality program when they choose a CACREP approved institution.”
The accreditation announcement follows a process that began with a self-study based upon CACREP standards and submitted for review. A CACREP team of three counselor educators conducted a site visit in November that included interviews of University administrators, faculty, students and community partners.
“The faculty in counselor education had to put in a great deal of work preparing the assessments of student learning, reviewing their program through the self-study process and then participating in the site review,” Rogers-Adkinson said. “They are to be commended for their hard work and dedication to the program and for the achievement of reaccreditation.
Graduates of Southeast’s Master of Arts in counseling programs are hired into mental health, career and school counseling positions. Many work in local schools districts and community mental health centers in the region, she said.