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Evangel's online counseling programs receive CACREP accreditation

Published on Aug 28, 2023 by Erin Hedlun

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri – Evangel University’s online M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and M.S. in School Counseling degree programs recently received full accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Evangel is the first Assemblies of God college to hold full CACREP accreditation for both its online and seated counseling programs.

Dr. Christine Arnzen, EU graduate counseling program coordinator

“CACREP accreditation is a huge win for our current and future students,” said Dr. Christine Arnzen, coordinator of EU’s Graduate Counseling programs. “Accreditation has positive implications for licensure and career opportunities and ensures that our programs follow the most rigorous standards of excellence.”

Upon launching the online program, EU strategically mirrored the requirements, structure, resources, and plans of its already-accredited seated counseling programs. This allowed the university to apply under a “new delivery method” provision, receiving accreditation nearly two years ahead of the its scheduled 2025 review.

CACREP accreditation confirms that a program meets specific quality standards associated with counselor education and demonstrates that a program is stable and reputable. Evangel’s online counseling programs join over 906 masters and doctoral degree programs offered by 449 U.S. colleges and universities evaluated by CACREP.

“The core mission of the counseling program is to train students to become professional counselors who integrate the Christian faith with their professional practice,” said Arnzen. “Whether our students are studying in person or online, the CACREP accreditation gives them confidence that their education will be formally recognized within the field of clinical mental health or school counseling.”


About Evangel University

Evangel University, with its embedded Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS), is a comprehensive Spirit-led Christian university located in Springfield, Missouri. It is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Under the leadership of Dr. Mike Rakes, EU is committed to excellence in educating and equipping students to serve the Church and society globally and becoming compassionate innovators in their chosen vocations. EU offers more than 70 degree programs, including cutting-edge majors, pre-professional programs, and affordable and flexible online degree options.

EU is highly regarded and has been ranked:

  • US News & World Report Best Colleges Top Performer in Social Mobility
  • Colleges of Distinction Best Christian University
  • Top 10 Best Universities by
  • Third Most Beautiful Campus in the Midwest by Christian Colleges & Universities
  • Top 10 Best Colleges in Missouri by

With additional accreditations in business, counseling, music, social work, and theology and certification as an Excellence in Giving university, EU is focused on providing students with hands-on experience and real-world training for today’s professional careers. Learn more about the university at