Accreditation refers to the process in which an outside professional organization reviews educational programs to ensure that they meet national standards of quality and comprehensiveness.Syracuse's Master's programs and Doctoral program are fully accredited by the highest accrediting bodies in the counseling profession. The accreditation process involves identification of appropriate preparation curricula by the profession, followed by extensive self-study and evaluation by the aspiring counselor education program. Only then does a visiting team of experts come to the university to verify that the program meets national standards. Finally, the visiting team's report is given to the accrediting board for review and action. Programs may be accredited for eight years, at which time the institution must submit for re-accreditation, following the same process described above.

The Master's degree program in Counselor Education has three concentrations:

CACREP (Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs) states "schools with programs accredited by CACREP have accepted their responsibility to provide quality training programs. Accreditation is a powerful tool for self-evaluation and improvement. The Council remains responsive to the changing needs of society and those persons serving as counselors. CACREP-accredited programs are encouraged to make continual evaluations and revisions to remain current."

Counselor Education students graduating from a CACREP-accredited program may sit for a special administration of the National Counselor Examination (NCE) in their final semester. Upon successful completion of the program and the exam, they can become Nationally Certified Counselors (NCC's) without additional supervision hours required of graduates from non-CACREP accredited programs. The NCE is also used by many states as part of their licensure requirement.

For more information about the NCC credential, you can visit the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Web site.

Syracuse University Re-Accredited through October, 2024 by CACREP

The Board of Directors of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) have reached the decision to grant Syracuse University, School of Education, Department of Counseling and Human Services re-accreditation through October 2024. The board based it's decisions on an extensive review of the self-study documents, the visiting team's report and the institution’s response to the visiting teams report.

Taken directly from the letter received from CACREP: "Programs receiving accreditation for an eight-year period deserve to be commended for the work completed throughout the accreditation process. This is indeed a worthy achievement." Our tremendous thanks to Dr. Janine Bernard for her assistance in helping the Department of Counseling and Human Services achieve this great accomplishment. We couldn't have done it without her.