Counselor Education

School Counseling Admission Process

Apply to the School of Graduate Studies

Apply to the School of Graduate Studies online at least 1 month prior to the Department of Counselor Education deadline.

  • Follow the instructions to create a profile, sign in, and complete the graduate application online. Read all of the application instructions on the Graduate Studies application page. (Application fees and transcripts are sent to Macomb)
  • NOTE: All transcripts are sent to the school of Graduate Studies in Macomb (send them early in the process!).

If you are interested in a Graduate Assistantship, the application is included on the online application from the School of Graduate Studies.

Basic Skills Test & Illinois State Board of Education Information:  The Illinois Basic Skills Test is no longer required for non-teacher certified school counseling students. For more information on Bill SB 1952, please use this link.  The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has additional requirements.  Please see their website for more information: https://www.isbe.net/

Non-certified Teachers 

Applicants pursuing the School Counseling option who are NOT Teacher-Certified must complete the courses listed below in addition to the regular School Counseling specialization requirements:

  • EIS 502 (3) Cognition and Instruction
  • EIS 405G (3) Designing/Managing Learning Environments
  • SPED 510 (3) The Exceptional Individual

These courses are separate from the Counseling Program and are not part of a Counseling Degree Plan. Please check with the Department for any changes.

Licensure only

  • This option is for applicants who already possess a master's degree in Community or Clinical Mental Health Counseling and now wish to pursue state licensure in School Counseling. This set of a minimum* of 28 hours is designed to meet the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) requirements for licensure of school counselors. For applicants who possess a master's degree in a related field (i.e., other counseling speciality [as defined by CACREP], social work, or psychology) additional coursework may be required.
    The following courses will need to be taken.  (Please note that there may be additional courses required):  
  • CN 514 Foundations and Professional Orientation to School Counseling (3)
  • CN 516 Data Driven School Counseling Programs and Practices (3)
  • CN 518 Advocacy, Leadership, and Consultation in Comprehensive School Counseling
    Programs (3)
  • CN 544 Counseling Techniques for Children and Adolescents: Literacy and Play (3)
  • CN 592 Practicum: School Counseling (3)
  • CN 595 School Counseling Internship I (3)
  • CN 596 School Counseling Internship II (3)

    The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has approved the Department of Counselor Education to prepare candidates for the School Service Personnel Certificate with an endorsement in School Counseling. Candidates seeking this credential shall either (1) hold or be qualified to hold a teaching certificate from a regionally accredited institution, or (2) have completed the WIU or equivalent teaching competence courses:
  • EIS 502 (3) Advanced Educational Psychology: Cognition & Instruction
  • EIS 405G (3) Classroom Management
  • SPED 510 (3) The Exceptional Individual

Admission Process

    • Provide evidence of a completed a master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in Counseling or a related field (i.e., other counseling speciality [as defined by CACREP], social work, or psychology).
  • Meet with the Chairperson of the Department of Counselor Education PRIOR to going through the regular application process. 

Department Review of Completed Application Materials

    1. Complete applications will be reviewed and top applications will be forwarded to the Selection and Retention Committee.
    2. Shortly after the screening deadline, select candidates for the Department of Counselor Education will be contacted with further information regarding the Department's screening day.   Those with complete applications but not invited for a screening interview will be notified in writing.

Ensure that the Department of Counselor Education, the School of Graduate Studies, and the Registrar's Office have your current mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail. Failure to provide current information and/or check for messages/letters may result in a missed opportunity. Do not ask for an exception.