Certificate in School Counseling (Post-Master's)
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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 program in Counseling is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
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 School Catalog for a detailed list of program requirements.
Estimated Time to Complete the Program
In most cases, students can reasonably expect to complete the program in one calendar year. Students carrying a part-time course load have up to a maximum of five years to complete the program.
- Completed application to the University’s Graduate School (to include: (a) an achievements and an objectives essays, (b) two letters of recommendation, (c) official transcripts from graduate level course work, (d) application fee, and (e) degree verification).
- Verification of completion of academic master level work from an “approved” educational program by CAEP (formerly NCATE) and an “approved preparation program” by the respective School Board of Education where the applicant intends to practice.
- In all cases, submission of materials does not guarantee acceptance into any program offered by the Department of ENC, nor does such submission guarantee interim certification approval and signature by appropriate college officers. All applicants are responsible to know the requirements for obtaining and maintaining a licensure in clinical mental health counseling and/or school counseling where they reside and/or where they intend to practice, including any applicable reciprocity rules.
Department Contact Information
Graduate Program Coordinator
Dr. Robert Davison Aviles, (309) 677-3174, email@example.com
Interim Department Chair
Dr. Jenny Tripses, (309) 677-3593, firstname.lastname@example.org
Terri Preston, (309) 677-3193, email@example.com