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CACREP Accreditation

Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

Oklahoma State University has a vibrant and successful CACREP-accredited counseling program training competent and prepared counselors.

Mission Statement

The MS in Counseling is designed to prepare professional counselors who are knowledgeable in counseling theories and techniques, who can translate counseling theory into effective counseling practice, who are committed to respecting diversity among people and who ascribe to the highest of ethical standards and practice.

The program incorporates teaching in counseling, pedagogical and psychological theory, research and practice into a practitioner-based training program that allows graduates to apply knowledge in these areas to their practice in school and clinical mental health settings in the community. Consistent with the land-grant tradition of OSU, the program is committed to the outreach and training of students from Oklahoma and elsewhere who represent diversity in gender, race, ethnicity, sexual/affectional orientation, culture, rural, suburban or urban backgrounds, socioeconomic status, religious/spiritual affiliation and ability status.


Program Objectives

  1. Professional identity, including history of the profession, roles of counselors, organizational structures, ethics, standards, credentialing, public policy, advocacy, and emerging issues in the profession.
  2. Social and cultural diversity, including multicultural trends, counseling strategies, theories, competencies, contextual factors for working with diverse populations, and counselor roles in social justice and advocacy.
  3. Human growth and development, including theories of learning, development, and transition (both normal and abnormal) for individuals and families across the lifespan.
  4. Career and lifestyle development, including theories, models, assessment and counseling strategies, information resources, program planning and administration, and emerging issues in a changing world-of-work.
  5. Helping relationships, including counselor and consultant characteristics, and counseling, consulting, and systems theories, processes, and skills for working with families, children, and adults.
  6. Group work, including group development, group dynamics, and group counseling theories, methods, and skills. CACREP standards require that students experience a minimum of 10 clock hours in an experiential group activity. This requirement is typically met during CPSY 5583 Group Process.
  7. Assessment, including basic principles of testing and assessment, case conceptualization, diagnosis, diversity factors related to assessment, and individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation.
  8. Research and program evaluation, including research methods, basic statistics, needs assessment, and program evaluation


Student Data

In the 2022-2023 school year we had 37 students graduate, 35 graduating with a concentration in Mental Health Counseling and 2 graduating with a concentration in School Counseling. We had a 50% pass rate on the School Counselor certification exam and a 100% pass rate on the National Counselor Examination. Additionally, we are proud to say that of those 37 graduates seeking employment, based on self-report, all were successful in obtaining employment. An annual report of our assessment outcomes can be found here

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