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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Accreditation Information

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What is CACREP Accreditation?

CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs) was formed in 1981 in cooperation with the American Counseling Association to promote the advancement of quality educational programs in counselor training. For a program to receive accreditation, it hosts a CACREP survey team of counselor educators who review the program to see that it meets national standards in eight core areas of counseling: human growth and development, social/cultural foundations, the helping relationship, group dynamics/counseling, career development, appraisal, research, and professional orientation/issues. In addition to the core areas, the team reviews additional standards of instruction and supervised clinical experiences for the counseling specialty training offered by that program.

The Department of Counseling and Student Personnel (CSP) at Minnesota State Mankato is currently CACREP accredited at the doctoral level and at the master's level in three specialty areas:

  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Professional School Counseling
  • Student Affairs Practice

The CSP department collects on a yearly basis CACREP vital statistics published in the [PDF] Counseling Programs Student Outcomes Report (129 KiB). For more information about CACREP and CACREP standards, please see the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs website.

Why is CACREP accreditation important for students selecting a program?

  • Demonstrates an ongoing commitment to providing quality instruction and clinical experiences for students
  • Streamlines the licensure process for Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC)/Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC)
    • Most states' LPC/LPCC laws (including Minnesota) define required coursework and qualifying clinical experience by the CACREP standards
    • Graduating students qualify to take the National Certified Counselor Exam, used by most states for LPC/LPCC licensure
  • Meets the application preferences of doctoral programs in counseling and counselor education

For more information on CACREP from the student's perspective, please see the CACREP Student Site.