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While there are many factors involved in selecting a master’s level counseling program, the first thing you should look for is accreditation.
Graduating from an accredited program means you’ll receive an education that meets professional standards. You’ll also find it an important credential when seeking employment and state licensure.
Educational institutions and programs that have been accredited have voluntarily undergone a process directed by an external organization to determine that they meet strict academic and professional standards. The organization sets the standards, and adhering to them means the students in that institution and program will be subject to them.
More details on accreditation.
From a program perspective, accreditation is important in the following ways:
If you want to pursue an accredited master’s in counseling or therapy program, look for accreditation from the following organizations:
“There are two primary benefits from graduating from a program that holds specialized accreditation. First, programs that hold specialized accreditations have met stringent standards that attest to the program’s quality. Therefore, graduating from a CACREP or COAMFTE accredited program lets future employers, colleagues, and the public know that the education attained meets the standards established by these specialized accrediting bodies.
Second, specialized accreditations for programs that lead to professional state license (such as CACREP and COAMFTE accredited programs) are often included in the language of individual state statutes, and many states’ licensing agencies/boards specifically mention specialized program accreditation as meeting their education requirements for state licensing.”
Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Learn more about university and program accreditations.