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K-State Today

August 14, 2017



College of Education counselor education and supervision doctoral program accredited

By Patrice Scott

The K-State College of Education was officially notified that accreditation for its doctoral program in counselor education and supervision had been granted until fall 2024.

A confirmation letter addressed to Dean Debbie Mercer from leaders of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, or CACREP, offered details and congratulations.

"Once again, the Board extends its thanks to you and your administration for the support given to the faculty in maintaining the accredited status of the counseling programs. Such support is considered vital to assuring continued quality in higher education." The letter was signed by Carol L. Bobby, CACREP outgoing president and CEO, and Charles Gressard, incoming CACREP president and CEO.

Judy Hughey, associate professor of special education, counseling and student affairs, is proud that both graduate degrees in school counseling are fully accredited.

"CACREP accreditation represents the gold standard in counselor education because these programs must engage in a rigorous evaluation standards based process," Hughey said. "The content of courses, location of internship experiences, and available resources for faculty and students are reviewed to ensure the highest academic preparation standards are being met. The successful accreditation process is a result of the hard work and dedication of our faculty, students, and alumni to whom we are incredibly grateful."

According to the 2014 U.S. News and World Report, four career possibilities with a counseling degree were ranked in the 100 best jobs based on growth volume, growth percentage, median salary, job prospects, employment rate, stress level and work-life balance: substance abuse counselor (36); marriage and family therapist, (79); school counselor, (86); and mental health counselor, (97).

For more information about a degree in school counseling, please contact Hughey at jhughey@k-state.edu