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National Accreditations, Licensure, and Certification

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Programs

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), has conferred accreditation to the following program areas in Counselor Education at Ohio University: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.Ed.), Clinical Mental Health Counseling/Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling (M.Ed.), School Counseling (M.Ed.), and the Ph.D. program in Counselor Education and Supervision. 

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling program specializations at Ohio University are fully accredited by the Council of Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) through March 31, 2018. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling/Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling is fully accredited by CACREP through October 31, 2023, following the July 2017 merger of CACREP and the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE). The Counselor Education and Supervision doctoral program at Ohio University is fully accredited by the Council of Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) through March 31, 2018. The Counselor Education program at Ohio University is in the process of pursuing re-accreditation under the CACREP (2016) standards.

All Patton College of Education programs, including Counselor Education, are also accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is a national organization. As a result, graduates are able to fulfill the requirements for state licensure and national certifications in a shorter time following graduation. To learn more about the Patton College of Education's other accrediting bodies, visit the Office of Assessment & Academic Improvement.

Licensure

Graduates specializing in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Clinical Mental Health/Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling are eligible to become Licensed Professional Counselors  (LPC) in the state of Ohio upon successful completion of the required examination National Counselor Examination (NCE). For further information, refer to the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist (CSWMFT) Board.

Graduates specializing in School Counseling are eligible to earn the Profession Pupil Services license specializing in school counseling in the state of Ohio upon successful completion of the required examination, Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE). For further information, refer to the Ohio Department of Education. Students who have completed both Clinical Mental Health/School Counseling are also eligibel for LPC licensure in the state of Ohio upon successful completion of the required examination (NCE). For further information, refer to the Ohio CSWMFT Board.

CERTIFICATION

Graduates of all specializations in counselor education, both Master's and Doctoral, are eligible to become Nationally Certified Counselors (NCC) after successful completion of the NCE. For further information, refer to National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). 

Students can also apply for a specialty certification through NBCC as a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor and/or a Certified School Counselor as appropriate. 

Graduates specializing in Clinical Mental Health/Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling are eligible to become Certified Rehabilitation Counselors (CRC) upon successful completion of the required CRC examination. For further information, refer to the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification.

Students are encouraged to review the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC's) information regarding counseling certification and licensure.
For more information, please contact:

Adrienne Erby, PhD, NCC
Assistant Professor
CACREP Liaison
McCracken 432V
740.593.4457
erby@ohio.edu

 

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