College of Education Earns CACREP Accreditation

The School and Community Counseling Programs at Seattle University’s College of Education awarded accreditation
2011-02-08
By Paula Hermann
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The School and Community Counseling Programs at Seattle University’s College of Education have been awarded accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the premiere accrediting body for graduate counseling programs. The College holds the distinction of being one of five CACREP-accredited institutions in Washington State and the only CACREP-accredited program in the Seattle metropolitan area.  

 “This achievement is the result of nearly four years of preparation, reviews and program enhancements, and we are pleased to be among the elite programs that have earned this designation,” said Sue Schmitt, Dean of the College of Education. “The distinction reflects the faculty’s commitment to providing students with the highest level of preparation, increases the value of their degree and gives them more opportunities across the country.” 

According to Manivong J. Ratts, Ph.D., N.C.C., School Counseling Program Director, curriculum in CACREP accredited programs provides a solid foundation for students to pursue doctoral studies, eases the licensing application process, gives students more flexibility when transferring licenses to other states, and increases marketability for employment.  

“Employers recognize that candidates have graduated from a rigorous program, have achieved high quality standards and competencies and are knowledgeable of current trends and best practices,” said Dr. Ratts. The School counseling Program is housed in the College of Education which is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). 

Founded in the early 1950s, the counseling program confers master’s degrees in school counseling and community counseling. The program also has a strong local and national reputation of preparing diverse, ethical, reflective, clinically skilled and multiculturally competent counselors for the profession.  

For more information about the graduate programs at Seattle University’s College of Education, visit www.seattleu.edu/coe.