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National Accreditation Awarded to Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling Graduate Programs at Villanova University

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VILLANOVA, Pa. – Two Graduate Counseling programs in the Department of Education and Counseling in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University have been granted accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The CACREP Board of Directors has awarded a full eight-year accreditation to both the Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling graduate programs.

CACREP accreditation provides recognition that the content and quality of the program has been evaluated and meets standards set by the profession. Students can be assured that appropriate knowledge and skill areas are included. CACREP’s mission is to promote the professional competence of counseling and related practitioners through the development of preparation standards, encouragement of excellence in program development, and the accreditation of professional programs.  CACREP accredits programs in colleges and universities in the United States and throughout the world.

“The CACREP accreditation for our Villanova University graduate counseling programs reflects the expertise and sustained commitment of our full-time and part-time Counseling faculty.  The Rev. Robert Murray, OSA, PhD, Counseling and Human Relations Program coordinator, and Christopher Schmidt, PhD, assistant professor of Counseling, led the six-year effort to achieve this important accreditation,” said Edward Fierros, PhD, chair, Department of Education and Counseling. “The accreditation reflects the rigor of our counseling courses, the quality of our training facilities, and our demonstrated adherence to the highest standards in the counseling field. The CACREP accreditation will make our degree programs more desirable to potential students and also make our counseling graduates more attractive to potential employers."

Villanova’s Department of Education and Counseling prepares counselors, teachers, and human service providers through its certification and licensure program. The Department combines theory with practical experience in school and community settings.

“This accreditation recognizes the excellence of our graduate programs in Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling, represented by its strong faculty as well as its many alumni who have made and continue to make a positive impact on the lives of others,” said Adele Lindenmeyr, PhD, Dean, Vlllanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The Department offers an undergraduate major in Secondary Education, as well as minors in Education, Educational Policy and Leadership, and Counseling. Master’s programs are offered in Counseling and Education, with the option to concentrate in Graduate Education, Teacher Leadership, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, or to obtain a teacher certification. Post-Master’s certificate programs are offered in Counseling and Teacher Leadership.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova is the oldest and largest of the University’s six colleges. It was founded by the Augustinian Order in 1842 to provide an atmosphere of responsible learning to a diverse group of students called to intellectual, moral and professional leadership. The College seeks to promote intellectual curiosity and rigor within the University; to instill the fundamentals of critical insight, mature judgment and independent thinking in its students; and to awaken in its students a sense of the importance of values and the moral responsibility of caring for others and working for the betterment of society.

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's six colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them. For more, visit