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Department of Leadership in Education, Nonprofits and Counseling
Westlake Hall
(309) 677-3193

Post - Master's Certificate in School Counseling

In 2004 the Illinois State Board of Education adopted new rules for certification of school counselors to include teacher-certified or non-teacher-certified persons holding a master's degree in any related field other than school counseling.  Applicants who hold a master's degree in any related field other than school counseling (e.g., other counseling specialty, social work, or psychology) are required to complete the equivalent of all requirements of an approved school counseling preparation program.  PMC education objectives include providing courses to satisfy ISBE certification changes (Section 25.225 of the 23 Illinois Administrative code) and educating post-master's counselors about the professional identity and responsibilities of modern school counselors as leaders, social change agents, and counselors committed to academic success and social justice in education for all students.


The post-master's certificate program in school counseling is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Program Requirements

The post-master's certificate program in school counseling requires no more than 21 semester hours, depending on the student's previous training.  Please see the Graduate Catalog for a detailed list of program requirements

  • Admissions
    Admissions is coordinated through the Graduate Admissions Office, which offers information, step-by-step directions, and a downloadable application. Admissions are ongoing; applications should be submitted three months prior to the student’s first semester.
  • Questions?
    Please call Dr. Beto Davison Aviles at (309) 677-3174 or email him.