Counselor Education

Program Accreditations

USM's Counseling program maintains the highest professional standards through program accreditation and licensing, as well as through professional development and involvement with national and state organizations. The Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling specialties hold accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) through October, 2018.

The Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling (M.S.C. degree) track within the Counselor Education program holds joint accreditation by the Council Accrediting Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) and the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) meeting respective Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Standards through October 31, 2023.

The rehabilitation counseling program holds full accreditation from the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE). The period of approval is from July, 2016 through October, 2023.


Recruitment Policy

Our Rehabilitation Counseling concentration coordinator and other counseling faculty (School & Clinical Mental Health) conduct and maintain outreach and information dissemination about the Counselor Education (CED) program, especially providing program literature and brochures (including the CED website with instructions about admission requirements, application instructions and the deadlines for application submission). The counseling faculty facilitate monthly information meetings and conduct visits regionally to promote the Rehabilitation Counseling, School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentrations and to address questions prospective students have about the program. There are frequently asked questions with responses to guide students on applying for admission in addition to other questions relative competency exams and qualifying for credentials that faculty have answered on the CED website. Other recruitment efforts are coordinated by the counseling faculty through the School of Education & Human Development’s administrative office and the Graduate School at the University of Southern Maine including open house event for graduate programs and doing outreach regionally and nationally at higher education recruitment events and professional conferences.

The recruitment and retention standards and policies of the University of Southern Maine and Counselor Education within the School of Education & Human Development do not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, including transgender status and gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veterans’ status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. Applications for admission to Counselor Education from members of groups which are traditionally underrepresented in the counseling profession are encouraged and welcomed.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Director of Equity & Compliance, 209 Deering Avenue, Portland Campus, voice (207) 228-8304, TTY 771 (Maine Relay System).


Members of the public interested in such information as student enrollment and graduates should access the "Factbook" information available on the USM Office of Institutional Research and Assessment website, Related information on numbers of students eligible for state certification and the National Counseling Examination is available by contacting the Department of Counseling, Adult & Higher Education at (800) 800-4USM, ext. 5316, TTY: (207) 780-5646. Members of the public also may submit requests for information at