The master of education (M.Ed.) in human development counseling and doctor of education (Ed.D.) in leadership and learning in organizations programs from Vanderbilt University's Peabody College are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and have been accredited as part of institutional accreditation awarded by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1991.
The on-campus master of education in human development counseling (HDC) program with curriculum specializations in clinical mental health counseling and school counseling is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The online master of education in human development counseling with a specialization in school counseling has been designed to meet CACREP accreditation standards. While the M.Ed. curriculum and learning objectives remain the same between the on-campus and online programs, the change in delivery format is considered substantial enough for CACREP to review. Every effort is made to prepare students with the necessary skills and knowledge to sit for licensing exams. Licensure requirements differ from state to state, so students should research the requirements specific to the state in which they want to work.