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This master’s degree allows the student to become licensed as a professional school counselor through the Illinois State Board of Education. The specialty area sequence prepares students to work with students, staff and families in public and private K-12 school systems. Courses and professional practice experiences in the field provide students the skills and knowledge to deliver a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program based on national standards and best practice, and to serve as leaders and advocates for students, schools, and the profession.
Social and Cultural Studies Courses: 8 quarter hours required, grade of B- or better required
|SCG 401||ADVANCED LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT||4|
|SCG 410||INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH: PURPOSES, ISSUES, AND METHODOLOGIES||4|
Counseling Courses: 52-561 quarter hours required, grade of B- or better required
|CSL 451||LEGAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES IN COUNSELING||4|
|CSL 452||INTRODUCTION TO THE COUNSELING PROFESSION||4|
|CSL 458||GROUP COUNSELING||4|
|CSL 461||TESTING AND APPRAISAL||4|
|CSL 467||COUNSELING THEORIES||4|
|CSL 475||COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS COUNSELING FOR SCHOOL COUNSELORS||4|
|CSL 501||COUNSELING SKILLS||4|
|CSL 510||MULTICULTURAL COUNSELING||4|
|CSL 514||CRISIS INTERVENTION FOR SCHOOL COUNSELING||2|
|CSL 519||SPECIAL EDUCATION: LEGAL AND PROFESSIONAL ISSUES FOR SCHOOL COUNSELORS||2|
|CSL 520||COUNSELING CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS||4|
|CSL 521||CONTEXTUAL DIMENSIONS OF SCHOOL COUNSELING||4|
|CSL 522||DELIVERY OF COMPREHENSIVE DEVELOPMENTAL SCHOOL COUNSELING PROGRAMS||4|
|CSL 523||LEARNING AND CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT FOR SCHOOL COUNSELORS (required only for students without a teaching license) 1||4|
CSL 523 required only for students without a teaching license.
Practicum and Internship: 3 courses, 12 hours; grade of B or better is required
|CSL 552||PRACTICUM IN COUNSELING||4|
|CSL 553||INTERNSHIP IN COUNSELING I||4|
|CSL 554||INTERNSHIP IN COUNSELING II||4|
Choose one: Thesis (MA) or Capstone (MEd)
Master of Arts (MA) Degree Requirements: Non-credit, non-tuition, grade of B- or better required
|CSL 559||THESIS RESEARCH IN COUNSELING||0|
The Master’s Thesis is written in conjunction with CSL 553 and CSL 554 and with faculty advisement. Enrollment in CSL 559 and an oral examination are required. Consult the MA Thesis Handbook for additional information.
Master of Education (MEd) Degree Requirements
All individuals licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) are required to complete licensure tests specific to their licensure area.
School Counseling students must complete the following tests:
- Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) (test #400) - assesses knowledge of reading comprehension, language arts, writing, and math. *Students should consult with an advisor about qualifying for a waiver with acceptable ACT or SAT test scores. Students must successfully pass the TAP (or equivalent ACT or SAT) by June 1st, prior to CSL 552: Practicum.
- School Counseling Content Area (test #181) – assesses knowledge of student development, assessment, the school environment and the school counseling profession. Students must pass the School Counseling Content Area (test #181) prior to CSL 554: Internship II.