Counseling - School Counseling

Today's school counselors offer much more than just college and career preparation. They are advocates for schools’ urban youth. They are leaders, mentors, and instructors whose mission is the success of every student. School counselors can be powerful agents of change who help schools close achievement gaps and prepare all students for success in life after high school. School counselors can have an enormous impact on schools and on students who need help the most.

The School Counseling program is designed for graduate students who want to be strong leaders and passionate advocates for students, schools, and the profession at large. It is recognized as a national leader in innovative, transformative school counseling. The program is the first in Illinois to affiliate with The Education Trust’s National Center for Transformative School Counseling (NCTSC).

Interested in enrolling in this program? Learn more about the application process, and find out how to apply.

Degree Programs

Master of Arts (MA)
Master of Education (MEd)

Licensure

The Counseling program’s School Counseling concentration is an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved program for the Illinois Professional Educator License with and endorsement in School Counseling.

Program Format

To accommodate working professionals, the Counseling program offers courses that meet on weeknights or on Saturdays at DePaul's Lincoln Park campus, online, or a hybrid online and on-campus format. The program's schedule is flexible, allowing students to attend full-time or part-time as their professional and personal schedules allow.

Program Requirements

The Counseling master's degree program includes 60 quarter hours of coursework in both Social and Cultural Foundations and Counseling, which generally make up the first two years of the program, followed by a year of professional practice in the field (12 quarter hours.)

At the end of the program, students who opt to earn an MEd are required to complete a capstone project, and students who opt to earn an MA complete a master's thesis.

Want to learn more? For detailed information about program requirements, see the official DePaul University Graduate Catalog.