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School Counselor licensure

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 Counseling Licensure program is designed for graduate students who already have a graduate degree in a counseling-related field and who wish to earn School Counselor licensure 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).

Interested in enrolling in this program? Learn more about its admission requirements, and find out how to apply​.


The School Counseling Licensure program is an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved program for the School Counselor Professional Educator License. 

Program Format

To accommodate working professionals, the School Counselor Licensure 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 School Counseling Licensure 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.

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

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​​​​​