The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs


The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) is the official organization that accredits graduate programs that prepare counseling professionals—counselors, counseling supervisors, and counselor educators. Accreditation began in 1978 by the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES). The UNT Counseling Program was one of the first five programs accredited by ACES. In 1981, ACES turned accreditation over to the American Counseling Association (ACA) that created CACREP as an ACA affiliate, and CACREP accepted all ACES-accredited programs. The UNT Counseling Program has maintained accreditation since that time, making it one of the longest accredited counseling programs in the country.

CACREP sets standards for Counseling Program institutions, administration, faculty, curriculum, and program evaluation. In a self-study every eight years, the program faculty presents evidence of the extent to which the program meets or exceeds those standards. They submit the self-study in writing and then host an on-site team that CACREP sends to observe program operations directly. The UNT Counseling Program was last re-accredited in 2012.

Effective through March 2019, CACREP has conferred accreditation on the following programs:



CACREP Program Area

Clinical Mental Health Counseling
(Child, Adolescent, Adult)
MS in Counseling Clinical Mental Health Counseling
School Counseling
(Elementary, Secondary)
MEd or MS in Counseling School Counseling
Doctoral Program PhD in Counseling Counselor Education & Supervision

* Although it is part of the UNT System, the UNT Dallas Counseling Program is not affiliated with the UNT Counseling Program nor is it accredited by CACREP.

To learn more about the value and importance of specialized accreditation, please visit the CACREP website.