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Accreditation refers to the process in which an outside professional organization reviews educational programs to ensure that they meet national standards of quality and comprehensiveness. Syracuse's Master's programs and Doctoral program are fully accredited by the highest accrediting bodies in the counseling profession. The accreditation process involves identification of appropriate preparation curricula by the profession, followed by extensive self-study and evaluation by the aspiring counselor education program. Only then does a visiting team of experts come to the university to verify that the program meets national standards. Finally, the visiting team's report is given to the accrediting board for review and action. Programs may be accredited for eight years, at which time the institution must submit for re-accreditation, following the same process described above.

The Master's degree program in Counselor Education has three concentrations:

CACREP (Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs) states "schools with programs accredited by CACREP have accepted their responsibility to provide quality training programs. Accreditation is a powerful tool for self-evaluation and improvement. The Council remains responsive to the changing needs of society and those persons serving as counselors. CACREP-accredited programs are encouraged to make continual evaluations and revisions to remain current."

Counselor Education students graduating from a CACREP-accredited program may sit for a special administration of the National Counselor Examination (NCE) in their final semester.  Upon successful completion of the program and the exam, they can become Nationally Certified Counselors (NCC's) without additional supervision hours required of graduates from non-CACREP accredited programs.  The NCE is also used by many states as part of their licensure requirement.

For more information about the NCC credential, you can visit the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Web site.

Syracuse University Re-Accredited to 2016 by CACREP

After an extensive review of the Counseling and Human Services Program, the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) recently announced that Syracuse University's Program has met all expectations, and granted us the full eight year accreditation period for all of our Accredited Master's Degree Programs (Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, and Student Affairs Counseling), as well as our Counselor Education and Supervision Doctoral Program.  This means each of these programs will be accredited by CACREP until 2016.  This decision is a testament to the quality education offered here at S.U., and a signal of support for the work that is done here.  Congratulations to all for a job well done!