Accreditation, 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 fully accredited the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.Ed.), Clinical Mental Health Counseling/Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling (M.Ed.), School Counseling (M.Ed.), and Counselor Education and Supervision (Ph.D.) programs at Ohio University through October 31, 2024.
All Patton College of Education programs, including Counselor Education, are also accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). 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.
CACREP is closely monitoring the information emerging regarding the spread and scale of the COVID-19 virus and its potential impact on Counseling programs and scheduled site visits. Please visit the CACREP COVID-19 website for updates.
Graduates specializing in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Clinical Mental Health/Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling are eligible to become Ohio Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) upon successful completion of the required state examination, the 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 Ohio Pupil Services license in school counseling upon successful completion of the required state examination, the Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE). For further information, refer to the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). Students who have completed both Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling specialty areas are also eligible for Ohio LPC licensure upon successful completion of the NCE. For further information, refer to the Ohio CSWMFT Board.
Graduates of all specialty areas in counselor education are eligible to become Nationally Certified Counselors (NCC) after successful completion of the NCE. Students are encouraged to review the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) website information regarding counselor certification. Graduates 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 Exam. For further information, refer to the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC).
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