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School Counseling Specialty Area Requirements

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This master’s degree allows the student to become licensed as a professional school counselor through the Illinois State Board of Education. The specialty area sequence prepares students to work with students, staff and families in public and private K-12 school systems. Courses and professional practice experiences in the field provide students the skills and knowledge to deliver a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program based on national standards and best practice, and to serve as leaders and advocates for students, schools, and the profession.

Course Requirements

Social and Cultural Studies Courses: 8 quarter hours required, grade of B- or better required

Course Title Quarter Hours
SCG 401ADVANCED LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT4
SCG 410INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH: PURPOSES, ISSUES, AND METHODOLOGIES4

Counseling Courses: 52-561 quarter hours required, grade of B- or better required

Course Title Quarter Hours
CSL 451LEGAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES IN COUNSELING4
CSL 452INTRODUCTION TO THE COUNSELING PROFESSION4
CSL 458GROUP COUNSELING4
CSL 461TESTING AND APPRAISAL4
CSL 467COUNSELING THEORIES4
CSL 475COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS COUNSELING FOR SCHOOL COUNSELORS4
CSL 489PSYCHOPATHOLOGY4
CSL 501COUNSELING SKILLS4
CSL 510MULTICULTURAL COUNSELING4
CSL 514CRISIS INTERVENTION FOR SCHOOL COUNSELING2
CSL 519SPECIAL EDUCATION: LEGAL AND PROFESSIONAL ISSUES FOR SCHOOL COUNSELORS2
CSL 520COUNSELING CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS4
CSL 521CONTEXTUAL DIMENSIONS OF SCHOOL COUNSELING4
CSL 522DELIVERY OF COMPREHENSIVE DEVELOPMENTAL SCHOOL COUNSELING PROGRAMS4
CSL 523LEARNING AND CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT FOR SCHOOL COUNSELORS (required only for students without a teaching license) 14

Practicum and Internship: 3 courses, 12 hours; grade of B or better is required

Course Title Quarter Hours
CSL 552PRACTICUM IN COUNSELING4
CSL 553INTERNSHIP IN COUNSELING I4
CSL 554INTERNSHIP IN COUNSELING II4

Choose one: Thesis (MA) or Capstone (MEd)

Master of Arts (MA) Degree Requirements: Non-credit, non-tuition, grade of B- or better required

Course Title Quarter Hours
CSL 559THESIS RESEARCH IN COUNSELING0

The Master’s Thesis is written in conjunction with CSL 553 and CSL 554 and with faculty advisement. Enrollment in CSL 559 and an oral examination are required. Consult the MA Thesis Handbook for additional information.

Master of Education (MEd) Degree Requirements

Capstone project with faculty supervision written in conjunction with CSL 552, CSL 553, and CSL 554. Does not require additional course enrollment.

Licensure Tests

All individuals licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) are required to complete licensure tests specific to their licensure area.

School Counseling students must complete the following tests:

  • Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) (test #400) - assesses knowledge of reading comprehension, language arts, writing, and math. *Students should consult with an advisor about qualifying for a waiver with acceptable ACT or SAT test scores.  Students must successfully pass the TAP (or equivalent ACT or SAT) by June 1st, prior to CSL 552: Practicum.
  • School Counseling Content Area (test #181) – assesses knowledge of student development, assessment, the school environment and the school counseling profession.  Students must pass the School Counseling Content Area (test #181) prior to CSL 554: Internship II.

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