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We are proud that the University of Wyoming's Department of Counselor Education master's and doctoral programs have been continuously accredited by CACREP for more than 30 years! All of our programs are fully accredited through 3/30/20.

CACREP is the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.  CACREP Accreditation defines quality assurance for counselor preparation programs.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recognizes graduates of CACREP accredited programs as mental health specialists with the Veterans Health Administration. The Department of Defense will require a CACREP accredited degree to obtain the TRICARE certified mental health counselor credential after December 31, 2016, and only licensed professional counselors with a CACREP accredited degree may be employed by the Army Substance Abuse program. Lastly, the high level of training standards for CACREP accredited programs help graduates score significantly higher on the National Counselor Examine (NCE) annually (retrieved from as compared to graduates from non-accredited programs.


The vision of CACREP is to provide leadership and to promote excellence in professional preparation though the accreditation of counseling and related educational programs. As an accrediting body, CACREP is committed to the development of standards and procedures that reflect the needs of a dynamic, diverse and complex society. CACREP is dedicated to (1) encouraging and promoting the continuing development and improvement of preparation programs, and (2) preparing counseling and related professionals to provide service consistent with the ideal of optimal human development.

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