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The program leading to the Master of Arts degree in Counseling consists of the following three sequences:

  1. School Counseling
  2. Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  3. Rehabilitation Counseling
     

Admission Requirements

Applicants to all three sequences must meet the admission requirements of the College of Graduate Studies and Research, and the following additional requirements:

  1. Submit recent scores for the general test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Scores will be considered along with other aspects of the application;
  2. Satisfy supplementary admission requirements as specified by each sequence; and
  3. Participate in an evaluative Preadmission Workshop after application materials have been submitted.

The Department of Counselor Education admits students twice a year, in the spring and fall terms. Admission to the program is competitive. It is possible for an otherwise acceptable applicant to be denied admission due to the competitive strength of the applicant pool. Those not selected for admission may reapply only once.

Eligibility to Enroll in Classes

Once students are officially admitted to the program, they may register for classes in the department during regular registration periods. Those who have not yet been reviewed for selection may take one course as a student-at-large. For students in the Clinical Mental Health and School sequences, that course is COUN-401. For students in the Rehabilitation sequence, that course is COUN-433. Upon formal acceptance into the program, the credits for these courses will be applied towards fulfillment of degree requirements.

To qualify for the master’s degree, students must complete 48 credit hours of prescribed course work in school and rehabilitation counseling, and 60 hours in Clinical Mental Health counseling. Three credits of practicum, six credits of internship, and successful completion of the written departmental proficiency examination are included in the requirements. Students may not enroll for more than four (4) three-credit hour courses (12 credit hours) in a term.

Once admitted, students must demonstrate satisfactory progress. To continue in the program, a 3.0 GPA average is required, and students may not have more than six credit hours below the grade of B. In the clinical courses, COUN-405 and COUN-406, students must earn a grade of B or better to continue in the program. Therefore, an ongoing evaluation, for the purpose of making retention decisions, is made of all admitted students in the areas of academic achievement, professional growth, and personal growth. Although evaluation will take place during every class, formal evaluation procedures are applied prior to practicum, and on the annual date of one’s admission to the program. Students may also be reviewed for retention at the request of individual faculty members.

Should a student be recommended for non-retention in the program by the faculty Professional Standards Committee, the student’s faculty advisor will communicate the reasons to the student in writing. Further, depending upon the circumstances, the advisor may:

  • direct the student to seek a more appropriate field of study;
  • advise specific remedial steps that must be taken before continuation in the program is permitted; and
  • inform the student of the procedure used to appeal the committee’s decision.

A copy of all communication recommending non-retention will be forwarded by the Department of Counselor Education to the College of Graduate Studies & Research for final action.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Clinical Mental Health Counseling requires a minimum of 60-credit hours (20 courses):

Clinical Mental Health Counseling required courses:
COUN-401Professional Orientation & Legal/Ethical Practices3
COUN-402Developmental Counseling3
COUN-403Theories Of Counseling3
COUN-404Assessment And Evaluation In Counseling3
COUN-405Individual Counseling Skills3
COUN-406Group Counseling3
COUN-407Mental Health Counseling3
COUN-408Research Seminar3
COUN-409Career Development3
COUN-415Children And Youth In School And Family Systems3
COUN-420Introduction To Family Counseling3
COUN-425Addictions Counseling3
COUN-427Diagnostic Systems For Counseling3
COUN-429Psychopharmacology3
COUN-430Social & Cultural Diversity In Counseling3
COUN-438Trauma And Crisis Counseling3
COUN-439Case Conceptualization & Treatment Planning3
COUN-444Practicum: Ethical/Legal Issues In Mental Health Counseling3
COUN-464Internship I: Mental Health Counseling3
COUN-474Internship II: Mental Health Counseling3
Total Hours60

School Counseling

School Counseling requires a minimum of 48-credit hours (16 courses) for those who hold teacher licensure (57-credit hours without licensure).

Applicants to school counseling who do not hold a current teacher license must include in their application evidence of:

  • Passing the basic skills requirement for the state of Illinois. There are three options: Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP), ACT plus Writing, or SAT; and
  • Submission of a State and Federal Fingerprint Background Check.
  • In addition, an applicant without a teacher license must complete the following courses prior to starting Practicum/ Internship:
EDFN-405Development Of Educational Thought3
EDFN-407Learning Theories And Educational Practices3
SPED-404Survey Of The Field Of Special Education3
School Counseling required courses:
COUN-401Professional Orientation & Legal/Ethical Practices3
COUN-402Developmental Counseling3
COUN-403Theories Of Counseling3
COUN-404Assessment And Evaluation In Counseling3
COUN-405Individual Counseling Skills3
COUN-406Group Counseling3
COUN-408Research Seminar3
COUN-409Career Development3
COUN-410Seminar In School Counseling3
COUN-411Post Secondary College & Career Counseling3
COUN-415Children And Youth In School And Family Systems3
COUN-430Social & Cultural Diversity In Counseling3
COUN-442Practicum I:Group Supervision In School Counseling3
COUN-462Internship I:School Counseling3
COUN-472Internship II:School Counseling3
Elective #13
Total Hours48

Rehabilitation Counseling

Rehabilitation Counseling requires a minimum of 48-credit hours (16 courses):

Rehabilitation Counseling required courses:
COUN-402Developmental Counseling3
COUN-403Theories Of Counseling3
COUN-404Assessment And Evaluation In Counseling3
COUN-405Individual Counseling Skills3
COUN-406Group Counseling3
COUN-408Research Seminar3
COUN-409Career Development3
COUN-427Diagnostic Systems For Counseling3
COUN-430Social & Cultural Diversity In Counseling3
COUN-433Foundation Of Rehabilitation Counseling3
COUN-434Medical & Psychosocial Aspects Of Disability3
COUN-435Work & Disability3
COUN-436Case Management In Rehabilitation Counseling3
COUN-446Practicum In Rehabilitation Counseling3
COUN-463Internship I:Rehabilitation Counseling3
COUN-473Internship II:Rehabilitation Counseling3
Total Hours48

Clinical Experience

Practicum

Practicum is a 100 hour, field-based experience which requires a minimum of 40 hours of clinical contact with clients (contact hours), and is a prerequisite for Internship. Practicum is offered in the Fall semester.

Internship
Internship is a 600 hour, field-based experience which requires a minimum of 240 hours of clinical contact with clients. Students earn six credit hours for Internships I and II.

Departmental Proficiency Examination

All candidates are required to pass a comprehensive examination. Candidates may take the examination after completion of 27 credit hours of coursework including, but not limited to:

COUN-401Professional Orientation & Legal/Ethical Practices (COUN-433 for Rehabilitation)3
COUN-402Developmental Counseling3
COUN-403Theories Of Counseling3
COUN-404Assessment And Evaluation In Counseling3
COUN-405Individual Counseling Skills3
COUN-406Group Counseling3
COUN-408Research Seminar3
COUN-409Career Development3
COUN-430Social & Cultural Diversity In Counseling3


Notification of Student Recess

Once having begun the Counselor Education program, if a student does not attend classes for more than two consecutive semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer), the student must notify the College of Graduate Studies and Research and the advisor of his/her intent to continue in the program. Faculty members reserve the right to review the student’s course work upon reentry by the student and to require that certain courses be repeated if necessary. Students have a maximum of six years in which to complete their degree programs.

This sample curricular map is provided to guide your program planning. This guide should not replace regular consultations with your program advisor. For specific recommendations of courses not identified, please consult your program advisor.

The Plans of Study for the programs in Counselor Education should be used as general guidelines for the completion of courses.  These plans suggest how a student might complete a program in two calendar years by beginning in the fall semester and attending through two summer semesters.  There are many factors that affect how students complete their programs, including whether they begin in the fall or spring semesters and whether they attend full-time or part-time.  The plan for school counseling is based on the student possessing a teacher or professional educator license.  School counseling students who are not licensed must complete an additional three courses outside of the Department of Counselor Education: EDFN 405 Development of Educational Thought; EDFN 407 Learning Theories and Educational Practice; and SPED 404 Introduction to Special Education. 

All students in Counselor Education will have a mandatory orientation at the beginning of their programs and have a faculty advisor who will help in the planning of each student’s course of study.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

First Year
Term 1Hours
COUN-401Professional Orientation Legal/Ethical Practices3
COUN-402Developmental Counseling3
COUN-403Theories Of Counseling3
COUN-404Assessment And Evaluation In Counseling3
 Term Hours12
Term 2
COUN-405Individual Counseling Skills3
COUN-409Career Development3
COUN-420Introduction To Family Counseling3
COUN-430Social Cultural Diversity In Counseling3
 Term Hours12
Term 3
COUN-406Group Counseling3
COUN-415Children And Youth In School And Family Systems3
COUN-427Diagnostic Systems For Counseling3
 Term Hours9
Second Year
Term 1
COUN-407Mental Health Counseling3
COUN-438Trauma And Crisis Counseling3
COUN-444Practicum: Ethical/Legal Issues In Mental Health Counseling3
 Term Hours9
Term 2
COUN-408Research Seminar3
COUN-439Case Conceptualization Treatment Planning3
COUN-464Internship I: Mental Health Counseling3
 Term Hours9
Term 3
COUN-425Addictions Counseling3
COUN-429Psychopharmacology3
COUN-474Internship II: Mental Health Counseling3
 Term Hours9
 Total Hours: 60

School Counseling (for student with teacher license)

First Year
Term 1Hours
COUN-401Professional Orientation Legal/Ethical Practices3
COUN-403Theories Of Counseling3
COUN-410Seminar In School Counseling3
 Term Hours9
Term 2
COUN-402Developmental Counseling3
COUN-404Assessment And Evaluation In Counseling3
COUN-405Individual Counseling Skills3
 Term Hours9
Term 3
COUN-406Group Counseling3
COUN-409Career Development3
COUN-430 or 409Social Cultural Diversity In Counseling3
 Term Hours9
Second Year
Term 1
COUN-415Children And Youth In School And Family Systems3
COUN-442Practicum I:Group Supervision In School Counseling3
 Term Hours6
Term 2
COUN-408Research Seminar3
COUN-462Internship I:School Counseling3
 Term Hours6
Term 3
COUN-411Post Secondary College Career Counseling3
COUN-472Internship II:School Counseling3
Elective Course3
 Term Hours9
 Total Hours: 48

Rehabilitation Counseling

First Year
Term 1Hours
COUN-403Theories Of Counseling3
COUN-433 (only offered in Fall term)Foundation Of Rehabilitation Counseling3
COUN-434 (only offered in Fall term)Medical Psychosocial Aspects Of Disability3
 Term Hours9
Term 2
COUN-402Developmental Counseling3
COUN-405Individual Counseling Skills3
COUN-435 (only offered in Spring term)Work Disability3
 Term Hours9
Term 3
COUN-404Assessment And Evaluation In Counseling3
COUN-406Group Counseling3
COUN-436 (only offered in Summer term)Case Management In Rehabilitation Counseling3
 Term Hours9
Second Year
Term 1
COUN-409Career Development3
COUN-430Social Cultural Diversity In Counseling3
COUN-446Practicum In Rehabilitation Counseling3
 Term Hours9
Term 2
COUN-408Research Seminar3
COUN-463Internship I:Rehabilitation Counseling3
 Term Hours6
Term 3
COUN-427Diagnostic Systems For Counseling3
COUN-473Internship II:Rehabilitation Counseling3
 Term Hours6
 Total Hours: 48