Eastern Michigan University counseling programs receive accreditation

by Debra Johnson | Published December 11, 2013

Three masters programs in the Department of Leadership and Counseling are now fully accredited through 2021 by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Both the School Counseling and the Student Affairs and College Counseling programs were reaccredited. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program (a new, 60-credit-hour program based on the previous Community Counseling program) received first-time accreditation.

"Accreditation demonstrates our program faculty's commitment to meeting the highest academic standards," said Irene Mass Ametrano, professor and counseling program coordinator. "Accreditation enhances our program's reputation, as highly qualified students are more likely to seek enrollment in an accredited program."

CACREP is a specialized accrediting body that grants accredited status to graduate-level programs in professional counseling. To gain accreditation, programs are thoroughly evaluated and have either met or exceeded national standards for professional counseling programs.

When asked why prospective students would choose CACREP accredited programs, Ametrano said, "Students know that upon graduation, they will have met the prerequisites for credentialing and for entry into professional practice. Graduates of all three counseling programs are eligible to become limited licensed professional counselors in Michigan."

To learn more about these counseling programs, visit the Counseling program's site.

For more information on the accreditation process for graduate-level programs in professional counseling, visit CACREP.