Students pursuing a counseling program must be certain that it meets the standards set by the profession. The MSCP in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) at the following locations: Ft. Walton Beach, Orlando, Panama City/Tyndall AFB, Pensacola, Phenix City, Tampa, and Troy. The MSCP in Community Counseling is CACREP accredited at the Dothan and Montgomery Campuses. Currently, new students are not admitted to the Community Counseling program because these campuses have transitioned to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Both the Dothan and Montgomery Campuses are seeking CACREP accreditation for MSCP in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. The Dothan campus is preparing a self-study to submit to CACREP, whereas, the Montgomery Campus should receive a decision on accreditation late summer or early fall of 2014.
The MSEd in School Counseling available at all four Alabama Campuses is accredited by both CACREP and by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Additionally, the School Counseling program is approved by the Alabama State Department of Education and lead to Alabama Class A certification.
Both the MSCP in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and the MSEd in School Counseling have been evaluated for quality and recognized for meeting or exceeding national standards. Having accreditation demonstrates the stability of our programs; it assures students that they will receive appropriate, up-to-date training.
CACREP is a specialized accreditor in the field of counseling. To maintain accreditation with CACREP, the College of Education develops an annual report of its counseling programs in education, including the MSCP in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and the MSEd in School Counseling.
CACREP, an independent agency, accredits master's and doctoral degree programs in counseling, including those here in the College of Education at Troy University.
The accreditation process includes a variety of steps and can take up to several years. For more information on the accreditation process, please visit www.CACREP.org. The University is currently undergoing this process to obtain one accreditation for all of our campuses. The Augusta, Georgia campus is currently preparing a self-study.