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​Counseling (MA or MEd)​

The College of Education’s graduate Counseling Program is CACREP-accredited and ensures the highest academic and professional standards, providing individuals with theoretical frameworks and competencies that prepare them to offer effective counseling services.  There are three degree specialty areas within the program: clinical mental health counseling, college counseling and student affairs, and school counseling.  All specialty areas include a 100-hour practicum and 600-hour internship. These clinical experiences are mandatory, and for the school counseling and clinical mental health counseling specialty areas, they are required by the state for licensure.

Professional Practice

Students complete their professional practice courses towards the end of the program. The professional practice courses include a Practicum in Counseling, Internship in Counseling I, and Internship in Counseling II. Students must have taken their specialty area's prerequisite courses and must complete a formal application process to participate in the professional practice experience. ​This includes attending a clinical orientation a full year before submitting an initial placement site application, securing a placement, and beginning the professional practice experience.

Any questions related to professional practice can be directed toward the Clinical Experience Coordinator Jay Lesenko at or the Clinical Coordinator J. Steve Hamm at

All Practicum and Internship Sections will be on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.–8:45 p.m. Plan accordingly.

Professional Practice Courses: 12 quarter hours required, grade of B or better required:

Quarter Hours
CSL 552​​
Practicum in Counseling
CSL 553
Internship in Counseling I
CSL 554
Internship in Counseling II

Professional Practice Orientation

The mandatory professional practice orientation is typically held in October one year prior to beginning professional practice​ and is required for all prospective interns. This meeting takes place in person on the Lincoln Park Campus. Please check your DePaul email and watch CSLNews for the announcement.

Site Application Process

The site application process takes place in Tevera, where the MOU and other important documents are located. If you do not have a Tevera account, please reach out to Jay Lesenko at for more details.

​Hour​ Breakdown
​Practicum (Sept.-Nov.)
​Internship I (Dec.-March)
​Intership II

​Hours Required
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​Direct Client Contact
​Indirect Client Contact