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Counseling Program in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology of the
College of Education has a rich and vibrant history that spans over five decades. Founded in the 1950s, the program has evolved to meet the changing needs of society.
The program initially began preparing counselors to work
in school settings in the 1950s. The emphasis on school counselor training continued in the
1960s. Beginning in the 1970s, the mental health counseling and
community college counseling tracks were added to the program. In 1977, the program
redesigned its curriculum, which resulted in a new degree, the Masters of
Counseling. In 1987, the Rehabilitation Counseling Program and the Counseling
Program merged to become one department. In 1998, a new curriculum and program of
study was created that resulted in a single degree for all counseling tracks. The program offered the Masters of Arts in Counseling degree in Mental Health Counseling, Post-Secondary Counseling, and School Counseling. In 2008, the post-secondary counseling track was closed allowing the program to focus more on mental health counseling and school counseling.
To date, several hundred students have been
conferred the graduate degree in counseling and are working in such settings as
K-12 schools, post-secondary institutions, social service agencies, hospitals,
youth service bureaus, correctional facilities and clinical private practice. In
2006, the faculty made the decision to seek accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
Application for CACREP and the self-study process began in 2007. On January 24,
2011, both the School Counseling and Community Counseling Programs were granted CACREP-accreditation.
The accreditation is retroactive as of July 2010.
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