Accreditation and Licensure

Graduates of each of our concentrations are eligible for licensure in Tennessee. Applicants from outside of Tennessee are often attracted to and accepted into our program. An important issue for these students to consider is their eligibility for licensure within their home state after graduating from our program. To help students ensure they are complying with licensure requirements, UTM has provided a Licensure Information website. Visit this site to learn more about licensure reciprocity.

 

The Counseling Program follows the 2016 standards of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) in the administration and conduct of its two academic concentrations. In June 2022 the Counseling Program submitted its self-study to seek accreditation from CACREP. The self-study and formal application will be reviewed by CACREP. Due to COVID, and a backlog of program applications, the accreditation process may take longer than normal. It is anticipated that a CACREP site visit to evaluate the program will occur within 18-24 months from the receipt of the self-study.

School Counseling Concentration:

  • Fully approved by the Tennessee Department of Education
  • Fully approved by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

The School Counseling concentration has been approved by the State of Tennessee's Department of Education to prepare and endorse students for licensure as school counselors. Both the full degree program and the endorsement program have Tennessee approval. In addition, the School Counseling program has earned accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) as an advanced degree program within the Department of Educational Studies. Students completing either the endorsement track or the full degree track will be eligible to earn Tennessee licensure as a school counselor. Students who reside in another state are then able to transfer this license to their home state, following the specific guidelines of the state board that administers school counseling licensure in that home state. Use this link to review how our program requirements match school counseling licensure in each state: School Counseling Licensure

Clinical Mental Health Concentration

  • Graduates meet education requirements for licensure in Tennessee

The Clinical Mental Health concentration is not currently accredited by an external accrediting body. Currently the state of Tennessee does not require students to graduate from a CACREP counseling program in order to be eligible for licensure as an LPC or LPC-MHSP. Counseling Program graduates meet current educational requirements to pursue licensure in the state of Tennessee. Applicants who reside outside of Tennessee should consult their state's licensing requirements. Use this link to review how our program requirements match clinical mental health licensure in each state: Clinical Mental Health Licensure

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