Accreditation M.A. in Counseling and Career Development
Our Counseling and Career Development degree is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.
The mission of the Counseling and Career Development Program is to prepare professional counselors following the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs standards so that graduates are able to help people of all ages develop the self-awareness, exploration, decision making, and self-advocacy skills needed to live effective lives within a pluralistic and global society.
Our Counseling and Career Development Program is one of a handful of programs in the nation with a CACREP accredited career counseling specialization. Our new clinical mental health specialization will undergo CACREP review in 2019-20.
Our 2018-19 Annual Report is now available.
Accreditation Educator Licensing Program
Our Educator Licensing Program is both state and nationally accredited.
The Teacher Education Accreditation Council awarded national accreditation to the Teacher Licensing Program at the Center for Educator Preparation – Colorado State University on March 26, 2010. TEAC is recognized as a national accreditor by the United States Department of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
The Teacher Licensing Program joins more than 100 accredited programs in 21 states with TEAC-accredited educator preparation programs. Dr. Frank B. Murray, President of TEAC, commented, “Only a bare majority of the nation’s college and university teacher education programs and programs for professional educators in the United States are nationally accredited. We welcome CEP to this select group.”
Founded in 1997, TEAC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving academic degree programs for professional educators—those who will teach and lead in schools pre-K through grade 12. Accreditation by TEAC is a voluntary system of quality review for educator preparation programs. It is designed to assure both education professionals and the public of the institution’s commitment to academic quality and fiscal integrity as well as stimulate on-going improvement in its educator preparation program. Graduates of accredited programs can be confident that they are well prepared as competent, caring, and qualified educators—the main goal of TEAC.
We congratulate the CEP Program on this significant accomplishment and appreciate their dedicated work for students and educators in Colorado.
To be accredited by TEAC, a teacher education program must have solid, independently verifiable evidence of its graduates’ competence. In particular, the program must show that its graduates understand the subject matter they are certified to teach, understand the process of learning and teaching, and possess teaching skills that lead students to appropriate levels of achievement. The program must also have an ongoing process for reviewing and improving itself, and must demonstrate that it has the capacity to offer quality education.
The TEAC accreditation process includes two levels of decision-making, culminating in a decision by TEAC’s Accreditation Committee, which includes representatives of both the public and the education profession.
In making the accreditation announcement, Dr. Murray noted “We congratulate the CEP Program on this significant accomplishment and appreciate their dedicated work for students and educators in Colorado.”