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

Social and Cultural Studies Courses: 8 quarter hours required, grade of B- or better required

Counseling Courses: 52-56* quarter hours required, grade of B- or better required

Practicum and Internship: 4 courses, 12 hours; grade of B or better is required

Master of Arts (M.A.) Degree Requirements: Non-credit, non-tuition, grade of B- or better required

The Master’s Thesis is written in conjunction with CSL 553 and CSL 554 and with faculty advisement.  Enrollment in CSL 559and an oral examination are required.  Consult the M.A. Thesis Handbook for additional information.

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 Counseling Content Area (test #181) – assesses knowledge of student development, assessment, the school environment and the school counseling profession.