The Mental Health Counseling Program and the School Counseling Program at Southeast Missouri State University are accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). In July of 2005 both the Mental Health and School programs were accredited for eight years. The accreditation runs through July of 2013.
(Note: The Mental Health Counseling Program is currently accredited under the 2001 Community Counseling Standards. The CACREP 2009 standards integrate the Community and Mental Health standards into one set with a timeline for implementation. The counseling program has every intention of meeting the CACREP timeline for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program programmatic changes by October 31, 2013.)
Students graduating from a CACREP program are assured a quality educational experience. Students are considered certified counselors once they have passed the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE). As a result of the accreditation, the NCE is now administered on the SEMO campus.
The School Counseling Program is accredited by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
DESE is the department of the Missouri State government that regulates all aspects of elementary and secondary education, including teacher certification. DESE has established many specialized programs such as Caring Communities, and A+ Schools as well as scholarships for future teachers.
NCATE is the mechanism for the teaching profession that helps establish high quality teacher preparation. Through the process of professional accreditation of schools, colleges and departments of education, NCATE works to ensure the quality of teaching and teacher preparation.