ABERDEEN, S.D. – Two Northern State University counseling programs have received accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

NSU’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master of Education degree and School Counseling Master of Education degree were accredited for an eight-year period, through Oct. 31, 2025. Both are graduate programs in the Millicent Atkins School of Education.

CACREP, recognized by the Council for Higher Education, accredits master’s and doctoral degree programs in counseling and its specialties offered by colleges and universities in the United States and throughout the world.

“The CACREP standards ensure that programs have qualified and professionally engaged faculty, resources to support learning, and curricula determined to be relevant to the work of counselors by the counseling profession,” said NSU Assistant Professor of Counselor Education Dr. Ahmet Can.

Earning CACREP accreditation is a rigorous process that involves a comprehensive and intensive self-evaluation process; a three-day, on-site peer review and report by a CACREP accreditation team; and an institutional response to the CACREP team report.

This accreditation will provide NSU students easier access to state licensing and insurance panels, Can said, allowing them to work in the field with more credibility and maximize their impact on their communities and profession.

We look forward to the many benefits that this will surely bring to our programs in school counseling and clinical mental health counseling at NSU,” Can said. “Thank you to our students, alumni, supervisor, administrators and faculty who assisted in making our accreditation application an incredible success!”

For more information about counseling programs at NSU, visit the Millicent Atkins School of Education online.

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