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Become a Counselor

Counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education and career goals (Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs). Counselors can be found in public and private schools, colleges and universities, community agencies, hospitals and medical groups, non-profits and private practice.

The Counseling program in the College of Education is the ideal way to begin your professional counseling career, whether you choose to work in a school, in student affairs at a college or university, or in a community agency. If you have a strong desire to become a professional counselor, the graduate program in Counseling may be just what you are looking for to fulfill that passion. Students choose our program to sharpen their skills and gain the professional credentials they need to deliver quality counseling and consulting services in a variety of settings.

Students receive extensive practical instruction rooted in established research and theory. In carefully sequenced clinical experiences that promote both personal and professional growth, our students prepare to take their place in the expanding world of human services and counseling. 

Seeking to work in K-12 schools:
Master of Education or Master of Arts degree with courses leading to School Counselor licensure with the Illinois State Board of Education

Seeking to work in college/university:
Master of Education or Master of Arts

Seeking to work in community agencies: 
Master's degree with courses leading to Licensed Professional Counselor licensure with the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation

Seeking School Counseling licensure only (for students who already hold a master's degree in counseling or social work): 
Course work leading to a School Counselor license with the Illinois State Board of Education