College of Education > Academics > Counseling & Special Education > Graduate Programs > Counseling (MA/MEd) > Specialty Area Requirements > School Counseling
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.
All incoming first-year counseling students are required to pay a one-time $200 fee for a student account in Tevera. Tevera is an online program management platform used to electronically complete evaluations in multiple counseling classes and to log hours for Practicum and Internship. You will sign up for a Tevera student account during your CSL 452 Intro to Counseling course in the fall of your first year. The $200 fee will post to your student account within a month of registering for a Tevera account.
CSL 523 required only for students without a teaching license.
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.
Capstone project with faculty supervision written in conjunction with CSL 553, CSL 554, and CSL 555. Does not require additional course enrollment.
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:
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