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 SRU's School Counseling Program Gains National Acceptance 




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SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The department of counseling and development at Slippery Rock University has been informed that its master’s degree level School Counseling Program has been approved by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs.     

 CACREP is a national board which promotes excellence in the professional preparation of master's level counseling practitioners and master's level professionals in related fields of study. Programs that receive CACREP acceptance have demonstrated a commitment to high admissions, academic and fieldwork standards and current best practices in counselor preparation and ongoing program improvement.

      “We are proud of our most recent acceptance,” said Dr. Jay Hertzog, dean of SRU’s College of Education. “The hard work put forth by faculty in the department and across the college shows the level of commitment we have in continuing to build on SRU’s reputation of providing rock solid education to all of our students. This accreditation clearly shows our program is a leader in the nation and simultaneously tells students considering enrolling at SRU that we are maintaining the latest standards and most up-to-date classes possible.”

      SRU’s School Counseling Program started preparing to make application to CACREP in the fall of 2003 by adjusting admissions procedures, increasing fieldwork requirements for school counseling interns and studying departmental practices and policies. Course requirements consistent with CACREP standards have been in place since 2001 when the SRU’s master's in Community Counseling Program achieved CACREP accreditation.

      Only six other schools in Pennsylvania have CACREP accreditation for School Counseling, including only two  in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (Edinboro and Shippensburg universities).




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