The mission of the Department of Counselor Education is to educate excellent practitioners of counseling who choose an emphasis for special preparation in college, mental health or school settings. In doing so, the department enhances the quality of life in society by promoting the development of professional counselors who advance the counseling profession and promote respect for human dignity and diversity. Counselors are individuals with an advanced degree (MSEd, MS, CAS) who apply mental health, psychological or human development principles that address wellness, personal growth, career development and pathology. The MSEd program in Counseling (College Counselor and School Counselor emphases) is approved by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The MS program in Mental Health Counseling follows CACREP standards and plans to seek accreditation. The department also offers a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) leading to permanent New York State School Counselor Certification.