Four Score in Top 18 Percent Nationally

All 17 Butler students taking the national Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) in 2013 passed, fulfilling a requirement to receive their Master of School Counseling degree and toward professional accreditation by the National Board of Certified Counselors.

“Students who become a National Certified Counselor without question have an edge in future employment,” said Tom Keller, Graduate Program Director and Professor of School Counseling. “This certification has helped many graduates in obtaining employment in other states.”

The exit exam is used by 85 percent of U.S. universities that offer programs in counseling. All Butler students take the exam in their last semester of the program.

Four Butler students scored above 100 on the exam, placing them in the top 18 percent of students taking the test nationally. Butler students achieved a mean score of 97.30 on the CPCE, compared to the national mean score of 85.61.  

Cumulatively, Butler exam takers also scored more than two points above the national means in all eight CPCE content areas: Human Growth & Development; Social & Cultural Diversity; Helping Relationships; Group Work; Career Development; Assessment and Measurement; Research & Program Evaluation; and Professional Ethics.

Ninety-five percent of Butler counseling students passed the CPCE in 2012, with a mean score of 85.07, which surpassed that year’s national mean score of 83.87.

The National Board of Certified Counselors offers another exam, the National Counselor Exam (NCE), which is voluntary upon graduation. Passing this exam qualifies a student to be a National Certified Counselor.

Of last year’s Butler graduates, 16 elected to take the NCE; 15 passed and are now National Certified Counselors as well as Licensed School Counselors, Keller said. Bulldogs again placed well above the national mean scores for the NCE, earning scores of 115 in 2013 (vs. national 97.1) and 101.39 in 2012 (vs. national 93.01).

“Scores on both these exams are indicators that students graduating from Butler College of Education’s program receive training that exceed national standards,” he said.

 Media contact: Mary Ellen Stephenson