This Master’s degree allows the student to become licensed as a school counselor through the Illinois State Board of Education. The sequence prepares Counseling Professionals to work in public and private K-12 school systems and gives the Counseling Professional skills and processes to provide individual and group counseling and to serve as a leader and advocate for students, schools, and the profession. The Counseling Program requires students to earn a grade of B- or better in all Counseling (CSL) courses.

Course Requirements

Counseling Courses: 24-28* quarter hours required, grade of B- or better required

Licensure Tests

All individuals licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) are required to complete licensure tests specific to their licensure area.   

School Counseling students must complete the following tests: 

    • Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) (test #400) - assesses knowledge of reading comprehension, language arts, writing, and math.    *Check with your advisor about qualifying for a waiver with acceptable ACT or SAT test scores.
    • ​School Counseli ng Content Area (test #181) – assesses knowledge of student development, assessment, the school environment and the school counseling profession. 

CSL 475

CAREER COUNSELING FOR SCHOOL COUNSELORS

This course will provide an introduction to career counseling in a school context. Focus will be on increasing students' knowledge of the world of work, career theories, and related life influences. The ASCA model for K-12 programs and interventions will be integrated throughout this course.
Prerequisites:
CSL 501 and status as an Advanced Masters Education student are a prerequisite for this class.

CSL 489

PSYCHOPATHOLOGY

This course will focus on a continuum of mental health with an emphasis on neurotic and psychotic deviations. Specific models and methods for assessing mental status, identification of abnormal, deviant or psychopathological behavior will be presented. The use of DSMIV-R (2000) ad Zero to Three Diagnostic Classification with its diagnostic categories will be utilized for assessment methodology. Specific attention will be given to diverse cultural perspectives in diagnosis and assessment.
Prerequisites:
CSL 510 and status as an Advanced Masters Education student are a prerequisite for this class.

CSL 514

CRISIS INTERVENTION FOR SCHOOL COUNSELING

This course will provide students with an understanding of principles of crisis intervention and crisis management with a focus on the school setting. Working with individuals and groups in crisis is significantly different than typical counseling situations, both in the characteristics of the clients and in the types of intervention strategies employed. Graduates working in community, school, and higher education settings will encounter many situations where crisis intervention skills are necessary. This training will increase their knowledge and skills of crisis intervention strategies.
Prerequisites:
CSL 451, CSL 452, CSL 467 and CSL 501 and status as an Advanced Masters Education students are a prerequisite for this class.

CSL 519

SPECIAL EDUCATION: LEGAL AND PROFESSIONAL ISSUES FOR SCHOOL COUNSELORS

This course will introduce students to special education law including relevant statutes, cases, and regulations. Students will also learn about the development, monitoring, and implementation of IEPs. In addition, this course will address the student counselor's potential role in the evaluation, referral, monitoring, and consultation of student with special needs.
Prerequisites:
CSL 451, CSL 452 and status as an Advanced Masters Education student are a prerequisite for this class.

CSL 520

COUNSELING CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS

This course will consider the theoretical foundations of working with children and adolescents. It will address developmentally appropriate counseling perspectives and interventions. Emphasis will be on the child/adolescent in various systemic contexts, family as consultant and collaborator, multicultural factors, specific child/adolescent problems, and resiliency. In addition, professional issues will be addressed.
Prerequisites:
CSL 458 and status as an Advanced Masters Education student are a prerequisite for this class.

CSL 521

CONTEXTUAL DIMENSIONS OF SCHOOL COUNSELING

This course will address the role of the school counselor and provide an understanding of the coordination of counseling program components as they relate to the school and the wider communities. Students will explore the various the roles of the school counselor as advocate, coordinator, teacher, programmer, consultant, information and referral agent, and counselor. The ASCA developmental approach to school counseling will be introduced and integrated throughout.
Prerequisites:
CSL 451 and CSL 452 and status as an Advanced Masters Education student are a prerequisite for this class.

CSL 522

DELIVERY OF COMPREHENSIVE DEVELOPMENTAL SCHOOL COUNSELING PROGRAMS

This course will focus on the comprehensive development, delivery, and evaluation of school counseling programs based on the "Best Practices" model of the state and the three ASCA model domains: academic development, career development, and personal/social development. Students will learn strategies to integrate school counseling programs into the total school curriculum, to promote the use of counseling activities and programs, to plan for and present school counseling-related educational programs, and to gain knowledge of prevention and crisis intervention strategies.
Prerequisites:
CSL 521 and status as an Advanced Masters Education student are a prerequisite for this class.

CSL 523

LEARNING AND CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT FOR SCHOOL COUNSELORS

This course will explore learning frameworks in education such as constructivist approaches, social-cultural learning, and the zone of proximal development as well as behavioral learning contracts. The history of learning approaches will be covered particularly in the 19th and 20th centuries to assist the school counselor in relationship to educators in the school community. Classroom management models and theories of inner discipline and consistency management will be discussed so that the school counselor will be able to assist educators and parents in home-school management of youth.
Prerequisites:
Status as a student in a College of Education Advanced Master's program is a prerequisite for this class.