CACREP Accreditation

CACREP is an independent accreditation agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The vision of CACREP is to provide leadership and to promote excellence in professional preparation through the accreditation of counseling and related educational programs. CACREP is committed to the development of standards and procedures that reflect the needs of a dynamic, diverse, and complex society.

CACREP Accredited Programs

The residential M.A. in Marriage and Family Counseling has received CACREP accreditation as of Jan. 19, 2017. Both the M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and the M.A. in Marriage and Family Counseling are accredited through March 31, 2023. The M.Ed. with a specialization in School Counselor program is also a CACREP Accredited program.

M.A. in Professional Counseling 60 Hour Online Status

The Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies recently received CACREP’s review of the submitted application and addendum for CACREP accreditation for the online 60 hour Masters in Professional Counseling program. The department was approved for a site visit by CACREP, which took place at the end of September 2016. Please be aware that a site visit does not guarantee a favorable accreditation decision. The M.A. in Professional Counseling remains in the active review process. An accreditation decision is expected following CACREP's July board meeting. The department will request a retroactive decision date of January 2017 should a favorable accreditation decision be rendered. 

Information for Online 48-Hour Professional Counseling Students:

CACREP does not accredit 48 hour counseling programs. However, current students pursuing a 48 hour degree will be able to complete your program as planned.

Additionally, the Department of Counselor Education & Family Studies has applied to pursue CACREP accreditation for the online 60 hour M.A. Professional Counseling. Again, CACREP does not grant accreditation for 48 hour counseling programs. Therefore, please be aware that graduates from a 48 hour program cannot be eligible for a CACREP accredited degree. However, if you desire to switch from the 48 hour program to the 60 hour Professional Counseling program that we submitted for CACREP accreditation, you will need to apply to the 60 hour program.

If you have questions, please contact coun@liberty.edu to get information. To review the 60 hour Professional Counseling admission requirements, please review the student handbook. If you wish to continue your pursuit of the 48 hour Professional Counseling degree, no further action is needed.


Comprehensive Assessment Plans: Executive Plans

Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Liberty University’s Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies’ residential M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is accredited by CACREP. To meet CACREP standard I.AA.6, the annual outcomes report from the comprehensive program assessment plan are documented in the executive summary for review by interested persons.

Professional Counseling - Liberty University’s Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies is in the final stage of seeking CACREP accreditation for the online M.A. in Professional Counseling Program. To meet CACREP standard I.AA.6, the outcomes from the comprehensive program assessment are documented in the executive summary for review by interested persons.

Counselor Education and Supervision - Liberty University’s Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies is in the final stage of seeking CACREP accreditation for the Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program. To meet CACREP standard 6.E, the outcomes from the comprehensive program assessment are documented in the executive summary for review by interested persons.

CACREP Vital Statistics Annual Results

The results from the 2016 Vital Statistics Report are now available. Over the past year, 35 students graduated from the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. Of the 20 graduates who responded to our query, 90% of those seeking employment were able to obtain employment in their area of training or a comparable recognized occupation within 180 days of graduation. Finally, to predict our licensure pass rate, we use the results of the comprehensive exam, the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE©), a comprehensive multiple-choice examination that covers the eight core CACREP areas. Over 91% of our students passed on the first attempt, and all but one student passed after a second attempt.

Doctoral Program: Over the past year, 3 students graduated from the Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision program. All of our graduates obtained employment as faculty in an institute of higher education within 180 days of graduation. Finally, all students who were accepted into the program are still actively pursuing this degree.