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Walden News // Feb 05, 2014

Walden University Counseling Programs Earn CACREP Accreditation

Online doctoral and master’s programs meet recognized standard of excellence in professional counseling education

Minneapolis—February 5, 2014Walden University announced today that its PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision and MS in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling programs have received accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the recognized standard of excellence in professional counseling education. These programs join the university’s already accredited MS in Mental Health Counseling program, making Walden one of the few institutions that offer these CACREP-accredited counseling programs online.


“We are very proud of this achievement, which ensures that both programs meet national standards of quality and relevance to the counseling profession. CACREP accreditation allows our master’s and doctoral graduates to work in the field with more credibility as well as maximize their impact on their communities and profession,” said Dr. Savitri Dixon-Saxon, associate dean of the School of Counseling. “Graduating from an accredited master’s counseling program also helps students gain access to more employment opportunities nationwide and streamlines their licensing application process in many states.”

Walden’s online PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision program offers students advanced teaching, supervision and counseling skills that broaden their ability to serve as leaders in the field of counseling and counselor education. CACREP criteria states that new core faculty in CACREP-accredited counseling programs (after July 2013) must hold a doctoral degree in counselor education and supervision. Earning a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision provides students with the credentials needed to work as a professional in counselor education and supervision.

Both the MS in Mental Health Counseling and the MS in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling programs help students gain the confidence, qualifications and critical-thinking skills needed to seek licensure and apply best practices as a change agent in the counseling profession.

To learn more about counseling degree programs at Walden, please call 1-855-203-7874 or visit

About Walden University
For more than 40 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 50,000 students from all 50 states and more than 145 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees online at Walden. The university provides students with an engaging educational experience that connects them with expert faculty and peers around the world. Walden is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network—a global network of more than 75 campus-based and online universities in 30 countries.

Walden offers more than 75 degree programs with more than 385 specializations and concentrations. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, education, public health, nursing, public administration and information technology. For more information, visit Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association,