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School Counseling Specialty Area Requirements

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

Counseling Courses: 52-56* quarter hours required, grade of B- or better required

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

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

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

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.
  • School Counseling Content Area (test #181) – assesses knowledge of student development, assessment, the school environment and the school counseling profession. 

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