Department of Leadership in Education, Human Services, and Counseling
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Master of Arts in Human Development Counseling – School Counseling (MA)

The program in Human Development Counseling is designed to prepare professional counselors to work with a diverse population of clients in a variety of educational, community, and mental health settings.  Our faculty believes the work of the counselor is to promote the growth and development of clients.  The human development counseling model for preparing counselors recognizes the profound interactive effect of people and human systems.  Because we believe counselors should experience personal and professional growth and development, all courses provide cognitive and experiential learning.  Practicums and internships allow for the development of a special area consistent with a student's plans for future employment.  All graduates are eligible to sit for the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE) the semester in which they graduate.  Once certification is received, applications for the first tier of counselor state licensure can begin.  Students pursuing the School Counseling program take the same 51 semester hours of core courses as those students pursuing the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and complete their program by taking 9-10 semester hours especially for school counselors.  For more information, check out the Human Development Counseling student handbook (adobe pdf format)


The program in Human Development Counseling is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Program Requirements

The program in Human Development Counseling requires a minimum of 60 semester hours.  Please see the Graduate School 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. 

Additional information on the Human Development Counseling program.