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Program Accreditation


As of January 2008, PSU's Community and School Counseling Programs recieved an eight-year re-accreditation, the maximum length awarded by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

In the spring of 2009, a self-study was submitted to CACREP for the Martial, Couple and Family Counseling Program, which lead to successful accreditation. Currently, the School Counseling, Community Counseling, and Marital, Couple, and Family Counseling programs are fully accredited by CACREP, and the Rehabilitation Counseling program is fully accredited by CORE until 2016.

The 2009 CACREP standards eliminated Community Counseling as an option and replaced it with Clinical Mental Health Counseling. To match this change, starting in fall 2010 the Community Counseling Program will be titled Clinical Mental Health Counseling, which also increases the program requirements to 90 credits.

CACREP Re-accreditation letter - Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling programs

CACREP Re-accreditation letter - Marital, Couple, and Family Counseling program

CACREP Mid-cycle report

As of July 18, 2007, PSU's Rehabilitation Counseling Program recieved an 8-year re-accreditation, the maximum length awarded by the Counsel on Rehabilitation Education (CORE).

CORE Re-accreditation documentation

2014 Assessment Report

Comprehensive Assessment Plan 

As part of our CACREP accreditation the Counselor Education department engages in continuous systematic program evaluation. This occurs annually at our fall faculty retreat and at department meetings two times a month during the academic year. Our evaluation plan focuses on program assessment and student learning outcomes. Assessment of our programs are conducted at key transition points every year. Key program assessments occur at: 

  • New Student Orientation (annual student survey) 
  • First year Group Prac/Personal Growth Group (Pre/Post student survey each term)
  • Peer Supervision Assessment (two year assessment project) 
  • Exit Survey (annual student survey)
  • Alumni survey (annual student survey)
  • Site Supervisor and Graduate Employer Survey (every 3-5 years)
  • NCE results comparing our students against other CACREP students, non-CACREP students, and National results 

Student learning outcomes of professional identity, professional practice, and program area standards are assessed by:

  • Key assignments in select courses 
  • Practicum and internship evaluations 
  • Annual review by core faculty of all first year students
  • Annual review by core faculty of all second year students between practicum and internship placements 
  • NCE results assessing our students’ scores across the CACREP areas  

After any program evaluation and assessment of student learning and performance has occurred, a data review form is completed. The results of the assessment as well as course/program modifications are discussed in department faculty meetings. 

Our assessment results (see links below) include exit and alumni surveys, site supervisor and graduate employer surveys, and summaries of key assessments used to modify curricular offerings and program structure. Our assessment plans are summarized for each program (Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Marital, Couple, and Family Counseling, School Counseling, and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling) on curricular maps (see below).

Assessment Results