Welcome to the Stephens College M.Ed Counseling Program. We are glad you’re considering us, and look forward to helping you pursue a fulfilling career as a counselor. We do have some news and information to share.
We are excited to announce Stephens College is preparing to apply for accreditation with the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). CACREP is the organization that accredits counselor education programs across the country. CACREP-accredited programs are considered the gold standard in counselor training.
CACREP accreditation requires changes to our curriculum, the number of credit hours required for completion, and the number of hours required for your practicum and internship. As part of our application, we are making these changes effective Fall 2017. Applying for accreditation can take up to 24 months, and even longer in some cases. During this application period, we will continue offering our existing curriculum (for students who enrolled before Fall 2017) and the new, CACREP-aligned curriculum (for students who enroll Fall 2017 or later).
If you have any questions, please contact the M.Ed. Counseling Program Director, Dr. Gina Sanders ([email protected]), 573-876-7205.
Each state handles its own licensure and is not affected by CACREP. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Addictions tracks both meet Missouri’s educational requirements for the LPC license. In addition, the Addictions Counseling track qualifies for several Addictions Counselor credentials (e.g., MAADC I & II, CADC, CRADC, CRAADC, RADC-P). School Counseling is a certification that meets Missouri’s educational requirements for school counseling certification.
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