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CACREP Accreditation

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling Related and Educational Programs (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 online M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program received CACREP accreditation as of Jan. 17, 2019. The residential M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, the residential M.A. in Marriage and Family Counseling program, and the intensive format based Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision are all accredited through Mar. 31, 2023. The Online M.Ed. in School Counselor program is accredited through March 31, 2022.


Online 48-Hour Clinical Mental Health Counseling Students

CACREP does not accredit 48-hour counseling programs. However, current students pursuing a 48-hour degree will be able to complete the 48-hour program as planned. If you have questions, please contact coun@liberty.edu to get information. To review the 60-hour Clinical Mental Health Counseling admission requirements, please review the student handbook. If you wish to continue your pursuit of the 48-hour Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree, no further action is needed.


Comprehensive Assessment Plans: Annual Reports

M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and M.A. in Marriage and Family Counseling

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

2020 Residential CMHC Annual Report
2020 Marriage and Family Counseling Annual Report

M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The online M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program (previously named Professional Counseling) received CACREP accreditation as of Jan. 17, 2019. To meet CACREP standard 4.D, the outcomes from the comprehensive program assessment are documented in the M.A. in Professional Counseling Annual Report for review by interested persons.

2020 Online CMHC Annual Report

M.Ed. in School Counseling

Liberty University’s Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies’ Master of Education (M.Ed.) in School Counseling Program is accredited by CACREP through March 31, 2022. Outcomes from the comprehensive program assessment are documented in the below Annual Report for review by interested persons.

2020 Online MESC Annual Report

Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision

Liberty University’s Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies’ Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision is accredited by CACREP. To meet CACREP standard 4.D, the annual outcomes report from the comprehensive program assessment plan are documented in the below Annual Report for review by interested persons.

2020 PhD CES Annual Report


CACREP Vital Statistics Annual Results

Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Residential)

The results from the 2020 Vital Statistics Report are now available. Over the past year, 62 students graduated from the residential Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, with a completion rate of 87%. Of the graduates who responded to our query, 99% of those seeking employment were able to obtain employment within 180 days of graduation. Finally, to predict our licensure pass rate, we use the results of the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE©), a comprehensive multiple-choice examination that covers the eight core CACREP areas97% of our students passed on the first attempt, and 100% after a second attempt. 

Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Online)

The results from the 2020 Vital Statistics Report are now available. Over the past year, 682 students graduated from the online Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, with a completion rate of 77%. Of the graduates who responded to our query, 96% of those seeking employment were able to obtain employment within 180 days of graduation. Finally, to predict our licensure pass rate, we use the results of the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE©), a comprehensive multiple-choice examination that covers the eight core CACREP areas85% of our students passed on the first attempt. 

Marriage and Family Counseling

The results from the 2020 Vital Statistics Report are now available. Over the past year, 12 students graduated from the M.A. in Marriage and Family Counseling program, with a completion rate of 75%. Of the graduates who responded to our query, 99% of those seeking employment were able to obtain employment within 180 days of graduation. To predict licensure passing rates, we use the results of the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE©), a comprehensive multiple-choice examination that covers the eight core CACREP areas: 100% of our students passed on the first attempt. 

Counselor Education and Supervision

The results from the 2020 Vital Statistics Report are now available. Over the past year, 17 students graduated from the Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision program, with a completion rate of 90%. Of the graduates who were seeking employment as faculty in an institute of higher education, 100% were hired within 180 days of graduation. 

School Counseling

The results from the 2020 Vital Statistics Report are now available. Over the past year, 624 students graduated from the School Counseling program, with a completion rate of 75%. Of the graduates who responded to our query, 94% of those seeking employment were able to obtain employment within 180 days of graduation. Although not all states require School Counseling graduates to take an examination for licensure or certification, to predict out licensure pass rate, we use the results of the Praxis® test, which measures subject-specific content knowledge in teaching, specifically for endorsement in school counseling: 95% of our students passed on the first attempt, and 100% passed after a second attempt. 


CACREP Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

2013-14 DCP & Later

All current students in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (previously called Professional Counseling) program who started their program on the 2013-14 DCP or later will have their degree CACREP accredited. For students who started their program prior to 2013-14, broke enrollment and re-enrolled in the program on a 2015-2016 or later DCP, their CACREP accreditation status will be determined based on when they took the COUN 501 course (must be fall 2013 or newer), the number of courses taken prior to fall 2013 (maximum of five), and that all of their coursework was completed within 7 years of their anticipated conferral date.

2013-14 DCP & Earlier

Current students’ accreditation status who are on Professional Counseling DCP’s earlier than 2013-14 will be determined by the age of their COUN 501 course (fall 2013 or newer), completion of COUN 698 or COUN 598, and the number of courses taken prior to fall 2013 (only 5 are allowed). Additionally, all coursework must be completed within 7 years of the anticipated conferral date.

Retroactive CACREP Accreditation

Graduates of the Master of Arts in Professional Counseling program may have their degree retroactively CACREP accredited if the conferral date of their degree is between July 19, 2017, and January 18, 2019. These students were recently sent information regarding the status of their degrees. If your conferral date falls in this date range and you have not been contacted, please email the department at macoun@liberty.edu