CACREP Accreditation

The residential M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling program has received an eight-year CACREP accreditation as of Jan. 11, 2015. 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.

Residential M.A. in Marriage and Family Counseling 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 resident Masters in Marriage and Family 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. While we continue to move forward in this extensive application review process, we still cannot speculate on a timeline for an accreditation decision.

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. While we continue to move forward in this extensive application review process, we still cannot speculate on a timeline for an accreditation decision.

Information for Online 48-Hour Professional Counseling Students:

As of Fall 2015, the Department of Counselor Education & Family Studies discontinued taking applications for the 48 hour Professional Counseling program. However, we want to assure you that as a current student pursuing a 48 hour degree, you 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. We want to clarify that 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

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.

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.

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.