Graduate Program Outcomes
Since the 2013-2014 academic year, the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) required that programs it accredits make available to the public an annual report of Graduate Outcomes. We are pleased to share this outcome data with students, potential students, and other stakeholders. Overall, our data reflects a vibrant vocational climate for counselors and student affairs professionals who have little difficulty obtaining the work they’ve been trained to do. Questions about this report should be directed to Dr. Ford Brooks, department Chair, or Dr. Todd Whitman, department liaison to CACREP.
I. Shippensburg University offers CACREP-accredited Masters-level counselor training programs in School Counseling (M.Ed.), Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.), College Counseling (M.S.), and College Student Personnel (M.S.). Over the past year, there were a total of 45 students who graduated from our programs: 12 in School Counseling, 1 in College Counseling, 18 in Clinical Mental Health counseling, and 14 in College Student Personnel. Our aggregate pass rate for the National Counselor Exam (NCE) is 90% over the past decade. All school counseling students (100%) who took the School Counseling PRAXIS II examination, required for school counselor certification in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, passed it. Our department also assessed its student learning outcomes with the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE), which revealed that our students’ learning outcomes met or exceeded our top peer benchmark—other CACREP-accredited counselor training programs—for each of the last three years.
II. Program employment outcomes: Our data and estimates reflect that nearly everyone (if not all) students who graduated from the College Student Personnel and College Counseling programs secured positions in higher education within one year of graduation. School counseling program employment outcomes continue to improve as the general economy improves. Our data shows that >85% of students who graduated from the School Counseling program found school counseling or related counseling positions within one year of graduation. Lastly, >95% of students who graduated from the Clinical Mental Health program found counseling or counseling-related positions within one year of graduation. Of the graduates who were not employed within one year of their graduation from one of our degree programs, many of these individuals stopped seeking employment to fulfill family and parenting obligations, chose to continue their educations, relocated to other areas, or chose to work in other capacities. Overall, our graduates enter the workforce with relative ease.