Master of Arts in Counseling – Professional School Counseling
The 60-hour school counseling master’s degree prepares you for the National Counselor Examination and careers in schools, government, nonprofits or education-focused businesses. Once you pass the NCE, you may apply for licensure in Illinois and many other states.
Individuals seeking School Counselor endorsement at Illinois State Board of Education must complete the school counseling program, hold a master’s degree in school counseling; counseling or a related field; or an education field; and pass the School Counselor content-area test.
Preparing You For Success
You learn how to work in pre-K through secondary education settings. You will also learn to effectively work with teachers, administrators and other members of guidance and student assistance teams. Courses enable you to practice while you learn, as each one includes hands-on experiences. During practicums and internships, you spend 750 hours in supervised school counseling settings tailored to your interests.
Your experiences include:
The same academic core as the clinical mental health counseling degree
Internships and practicums in central Illinois schools
Networking and professional mentoring through the Chi Sigma Iota honor society
Scholarship opportunities for professional educators
Making Your Mark
The degree provides new opportunities to help people as a school counselor, college advisor or guidance counselor. You also can work for education advocacy organizations, education-focused corporations and government agencies. Recent graduates are working for public and private K-12 schools throughout the country.