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Counseling and Career Development fully accredited

March 8, 2013

School of Education program offers tracks in Career Counseling, School Counseling, and College Counseling.

The Counseling and Career Development Program in the School of Education recently received a full eight-year accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. This national accreditation body, its standards and review processes, are the hallmark of excellence in counselor education.

The CCD program in the School of Education offers three tracks that are fully accredited: Career Counseling, School Counseling, and College Counseling.

Career Counseling

The career counseling track is led by Jackie Peila-Shuster and University Distinguished Teaching Scholar Rich Feller. CSU’s career counseling program is one of only eight CACREP-accredited career counseling programs in the United States. Recent career counseling alumni hold several board positions for the Colorado Career Development Association, including president-elect. Two alumnae from the program are National Career Development Association award winners.

School Counseling

Laurie Carlson oversees the school counseling track of the CCD program. There are 224 CACREP-accredited school counselor training programs in the United States. The school counseling track graduates about 12 students a year who primarily seek employment in K-12 education.

Recent CCD school counseling graduates are working in Maine, Arkansas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Oregon, Washington, Texas, California, Wyoming, Singapore, and Taiwan. Four alumni have won school counselor of the year awards in the last eight years and one was a finalist for the National School Counselor of the Year Award from the American School Counseling Association this past year.

College Counseling

The newest track in the CCD program is the college counseling track, managed by Nat Kees and Sharon Anderson. This track shares some key courses with the M.S. in Student Affairs and Higher Education Program. Graduates of the college counseling track generally seek employment in college and university counseling centers, advising centers and advocacy offices with a focus on direct service to students.

This new program has recieved its inital accreditation and it now joins only six other programs across the country with this distinction. The first graduates of the new college counseling track will be graduating this year and the program looks forward to hearing of their continued professional success.

Contact: Gretchen Gerding
Phone: 491.5182