CCU’s Master of Arts in Counseling Program Earns Accreditation

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School’s M.A. in Counseling Gains National Endorsement

This isn’t just a profession; it’s a calling. You really have to be a special person to do this work.

Colorado Christian University, a fully accredited, private university in Lakewood, announced recently that the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) has granted accreditation to the University’s Master of Arts in Counseling degree.

The CACREP accreditation provides extra opportunity to students. As the only accrediting body for counseling programs in the United States, a CACREP degree streamlines the licensure application process and is recognized in all 50 states. Additionally, research shows that CACREP graduates typically perform better on the National Counselor Examination for Licensure Certification. Students going on to doctoral studies will also have easier paths into the school of their choice—most doctoral programs have strong preferences toward students who graduated from a CACREP accredited program.

With the accreditation, students know that Colorado Christian University’s (CCU) program meets or exceeds academic standards while exhibiting professional and financial stability.

AS CCU moved through the accreditation process, part of the appeal of the program also proved to be part of the challenge. Since CCU’s program is offered in three locations along the Front Range—Loveland, Lakewood, and Colorado Springs—the accrediting committee wanted to ensure that the same content was taught at every location. Having confirmed that, the committee was interested in the short duration of the classes. Aimed at working adults, many classes meet in the evenings and run for a matter of weeks, not months.

Said Dr. Yvonne Tate, director of the Master of Arts in Counseling program, “When they asked about course requirements, I pulled out my theories course. I explained what my students have to do—pre-reading, responding online, completing surveys, watching videos…and by the end I think the committee was glad they didn’t have to take that course!” CCU not only proved that they met the unique challenges of offering classes in various locations and differing durations: “They told us we were offering an outstanding education,” said Tate.

With the counseling field predicted to outpace national job growth over the next decade, CCU’s accreditation provides another option to potential students—especially those already working or needing to schedule school around their families. Still, while the program is designed to train counselors, instructors realize they are preparing students for more than just a job. Part of the strong job prospects in counseling come from turnover and burnout. Thus, CCU’s program stresses self-care and emotional health, which is the key to staying in the field. “This isn’t just a profession; it’s a calling. You really have to be a special person to do this work,” Tate said.

For more information about the Master of Arts in Counseling program, contact Gabriel Knipp, Marketing Communications Specialist by phone at 303.963.3346 or by email at gknipp(at)ccu(dot)edu or visit

About Colorado Christian University
Colorado Christian University is uniquely positioned to offer students a distinctive variety of educational opportunities and experiences. As the only member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities in an eight-state region, CCU offers more than 35 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and is committed to promoting academic achievement, character development, and spiritual formation to prepare graduates as leaders who affect positive global transformation.

Colorado Christian University
8787 W. Alameda Ave.
Lakewood, Colorado 80226
800-44-FAITH or 303-963-3000


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