6255-School of Education and Human Development Master’s Degree Programs Awarded National Accreditation
6255-January 20, 2012
The Malone University School of Education and Human Development has been notified that two master's degree programs have received national accreditation through the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The programs cited are Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling, both leading to the M.A.Ed. degree. Both programs achieved accreditation for an eight-year period – through March 31, 2020 -- truly noteworthy given that this is the first national accreditation for these programs. The CACREP Board rendered this decision after an extensive review of self-study documents, a visiting team's report, and Malone's response to the team's report.
Leadership throughout the process was provided by Brock Reiman, Ph.D., chair, department of Psychology; and Rhoda Sommers, Ph.D., dean, School of Education and Human Development. Newly appointed chair of the Department of Counseling and Human Development, Susan Steiner, Ph.D., says the designation has powerful implications for the program.
"The Counseling and Human Development Department of Malone University sought to achieve CACREP accreditation due to our department's mission," she explains. "The accreditation process was rigorous, challenging, and time intensive but as in most worthwhile endeavors, the journey was as meaningful as the destination. The detailed self-study involved an assessment of our resources, objectives, strengths and limitations with the ultimate purpose of improving the educational effectiveness of our program and the preparedness of our students. CACREP has developed specific preparation standards which are the focus of planning, goal setting, and measurement for every course in both Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling Programs. Assessment seeks to demonstrate the level of proficiency and professional competence our students are acquiring."
She continues, "Our mission states: 'Built on Malone's Foundational Principles, the graduate programs in Counseling and Human Development provide knowledge, practice and skills through educational and clinical experiences developing professional counselors as intentional practitioners who advocate for client/student growth and development.' CACREP accreditation affirms the fulfillment of our department's mission. Additionally, the CACREP designation gives our students a competitive edge in obtaining employment in the counseling professions. Many agencies and schools stipulate training at a CACREP accredited university as an employment requirement. The integration of Malone's Foundational Principles and CACREP's standard of excellence will benefit our students throughout their personal and professional lives."
According to Carol Bobby, Ph.D., president and CEO of CACREP, "Programs receiving accreditation for an eight-year period deserve to be commended for the work they completed throughout the accreditation process. This is indeed a worthy achievement. Congratulations! On behalf of the CACREP board, I would like to extend my thanks to you and your administration for the support provided to these programs. Such support is considered vital to assuring continued quality in higher education programs."
Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone is recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, named an NAIA Champions of Character Five Star Award winner, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2012.
Suzanne Thomas, APR
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