Master of Arts in Education

Counseling

The masters of arts program in counseling is designed to prepare professional counselors to work in a variety of employment settings, including clinical mental health agencies, schools, crisis centers, residential facilities, hospitals, rehabilitation centers and private practice. program graduates become skilled in individual and group counseling, consultation and training, treatment planning, program development, outcomes assessment, and leadership facilitation.

Consistent with the School of Education's mission, scholarship, professionalism and social responsibility, as well as respect for cultural and linguistic diversity, are integral to the preparation of candidates for the counseling profession. Field experience includes a 100-hour practicum and a 600-hour internship.

The counseling program includes three programs of study: the 60 hour combined program in clinical mental health and school counseling, as well as a 48 hour program in community counseling or in school counseling.

Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling (60 hours)

EDGCN 513 Research Design for the Social Studies (3)
EDGCN 521 Orientation to Counseling, Professional and Legal Considerations (3)
EDGCN 522 Life Span Development (3)
EDGCN 523 Theories and Techniques of Counseling I (3)
EDGCN 524 Theories and Techniques of Counseling II (3)
EDGCN 525 Group Counseling (3)
EDGCN 526 Standardized Assessment (3)
EDGCN 527  Life Style and Career Development (3)
EDGCN 528 Multicultural Counseling (3)
EDGCN 530 Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3)
EDGCN 531 School Counseling and Organization (3)
EDGCN 532 Diagnosis and Treatment Planning (3)
EDGCN 533 Counseling Children and Adolescents in Crisis (3)
EDGCN 534 Counseling Adults in Crisis (3)
EDGCN 535 Substance Abuse Counseling (3)
EDGCN 536 Family Counseling  (3)
EDGCN 537 Counseling and Consulting in Schools (3)
EDGCN 541 Practicum: School Counseling* (3)
EDGCN 543  Internship: School Counseling* (3)
EDGCN 542 Internship: Clinical Mental Health Counseling* (3)
*Field experience includes a 100-hour school counseling practicum, a 600-hour school counseling internship and a 300-hour clinical mental health counseling internship. 
The State of Illinois also requires the following additional coursework for Professional Educator Licensure: School Counseling
EDGSP 413 Survey of Students with Exceptionalities  
EDGSP 531  Behavior Management  

Community Counseling (48 Credit Hours) 

Core Requirements (27 credit hours)
EDGCN 513 Research Design for the Social Sciences (3)
EDGCN 522 Life Span Development (3)
EDGCN 521 Orientation to Counseling, Professional and Legal Considerations (3)
EDGCN 528 Multicultural Counseling (3)
EDGCN 523 Theories and Techniques of Counseling I (3)
EDGCN 524 Theories and Techniques of Counseling II (3)
EDGCN 526 Standardized Assessment (3)
EDGCN 527 Life Style and Career Development (3)
EDGCN 525 Group Counseling (3)
Track Requirements (21 credit hours)
EDGCN 530 Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3)
EDGCN 535 Substance Abuse Counseling (3)
EDGCN 532 Diagnosis and Treatment Planning (3)
EDGCN 533  Counseling Adults in Crisis II or Counseling (3)
EDGCN 536 Family Counseling (3)
EDGCN 540 Practicum: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Requires 100 hours at an approved field placement) (3)
EDGCN 542 Internship: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Requires 600 hours at an approved field placement) (3)

School Counseling (48 Credit Hours) 

Core Requirements (27 credit hours)
EDGCN 513 Research Methods for the Social Sciences (3)
EDGCN 522 Life Span Development (3)
EDGCN 521 Orientation to Counseling, Professional, Legal, and Ethical Considerations (3)
EDGCN 528 Multicultural Counseling (3)
EDGCN 523 Theories and Techniques of Counseling I (3)
EDGCN 524 Theories and Techniques of Counseling II (3)
EDGCN 526 Standardized Assessment in Counseling (3)
EDGCN 527 Life Style and Career Development (3)
EDGCN 525 Group Counseling (3)
Track Requirements (21 credit hours)
EDGCN 531 School Counseling and Organization (3)
EDGCN 533 Counseling Children and Adolescents in Crisis (3)
EDGCN 537 Counseling and Consulting in Schools (3)
EDGCN 541 Practicum: School Counseling (3)
EDGCN 543 Internship: School Counseling (3)
6 credit hours of electives* (6)

*To be determined in consultation with academic advisor.

School counseling students who are not certified teachers are required to take EDGSP 413 and EDGSP 531 in addition to the counseling courses. Certified teachers will be advised to take two community counseling courses as electives.

( ) = credit hours / / = classroom hours

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