This program fulfills the academic eligibility requirements for Colorado state licensure as a school counselor. According to a revision of the CO Educator Licensing Act in 2016, students applying for a school counselor license in the state of Colorado after July 1st, 2021 must graduate from a CACREP accredited program. The 72-credit Master of Arts in School Counseling program from The Morgridge College of Education is designed to adhere to the standards set by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The program has submitted an application for CACREP accreditation as of fall 2020 and is currently engaged in the necessary process toward receiving a decision from CACREP.
If the program is not CACREP accredited when a student graduates, the student can apply for a one-year emergency authorization through the Colorado Department of Education in order to work as a school counselor. Requirements of said emergency authorization can be found here. The emergency authorization can be renewed one time for an additional year. Requirements for renewing an emergency authorization can be found here.
Students in a program applying for accreditation will be considered graduates of a CACREP program if they receive their degree within eighteen (18) months prior to when accreditation is awarded and complete a program of study which meets CACREP accreditation requirements.
If the program receives official CACREP accreditation, students working as school counselors under an emergency authorization will need to complete the requirements for a Colorado Initial Special Services Provider Licensure. Requirements for initial licensure can be found here.