College of Education > Academics > Counseling & Special Education > Licensure & Endorsements > School Counselor Endorsement
Today’s school counselors offer much more than just college and career preparation. They are advocates for urban youth and act as 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. They can have an enormous impact on schools and on students who need help the most.
The School Counselor Endorsement program is designed for graduate students who already have a graduate degree in a counseling-related field and who wish to earn School Counselor endorsement in the state of Illinois.
DePaul’s Counseling program was the first one in Illinois to affiliate with The Education Trusts National Center for Transformative School Counseling (NCTSC).
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View its admission requirements and application instructions here or contact the College of Education’s Office of Graduate Admission at (773) 325-4405.
The School Counseling endorsement program is an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved program for the School Counselor Professional Educator License.
To accommodate working professionals, the School Counselor endorsement 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.
The School Counseling concentration includes 32 quarter hours of coursework in Counseling and a 700-hour internship experience, as well as other coursework as determined by an academic advisor. Applicants to the School Counseling licensure program should arrange to meet with program faculty before applying to the program to fully determine the requirements they will need to meet.
This graduate certificate program is approved as a Gainful Employment Program through the US Department of Education and is, therefore, eligible for Federal Student Aid. Disclosure Statements about occupations, on-time graduation rate, tuition and fees, and median loan debt for this program can be found at
The Counseling program’s School Counseling specialty area is an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved program for the School Counselor endorsement on an Illinois Professional Educator License. ISBE states the following guidelines:
Individuals seeking the School Counselor endorsement must:
To be eligible for the School Counselor only program, students must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. It is recommended that you have at least one year of working experience.
To apply, please submit the following materials to the Office of Graduate Admission:
The admission process also may include an interview with program faculty.
Please answer all of the following questions. Your entire response should not exceed 1,500 words (or approximately 300 words per question).
Required only for students without a teaching certificate.
Students complete their Clinical Experience during the last year in the program. The Clinical Experience Courses include the Practicum, Internship in Counseling I, and Internship in Counseling II. Students are enrolled in the Practicum course Autumn Quarter; Internship in Counseling I Winter Quarter; Internship in Counseling II Spring Quarter. Students must complete a formal application process to participate in the Clinical Experience courses. This includes attending a clinical orientation a full year before beginning the Clinical Experience, submitting an initial application, and securing a placement site. Consult academic advisor for additional information on application and course enrollment process.
Prerequisites: All courses with the exception of CSL 512 must be completed prior to being enrolled in the Practicum courses.
Upon completion of the School Counseling specialty area’s coursework and the additional State requirements, students must apply for their certificate. Students are to work with the College of Education’s Licensure Officer when applying for the license/endorsement.
All individuals licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) are required to complete licensure tests specific to their professional license area.
School Counseling students must complete the following tests:
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