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School Counseling, MA

Offered in: CHICAGO

The School Counseling program prepares students to become school counselors in public K-12 schools. Students may enter the program with or without a teaching certificate.


Students are admitted only for the fall term at the Chicago campus. For priority consideration, the deadline for application is March 1. For regular consideration, the deadline is rolling until two weeks before the start of the Fall semester. Applications for all scholarships and assistantships are also due by the priority deadline of March 1.

Admission at the Schaumburg campus is possible in the Fall, according to the same deadlines as in Chicago. Spring semester admission also is possible at the Schaumburg campus, on a rolling basis until two weeks before the start of the Spring semester.

Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the entirety of their undergraduate course work, a minimum of 120 semester hours of credit at the undergraduate level, a personal statement outlining goals and aspirations, and two letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate academic or work abilities. Applicants for the program in School Counseling must submit evidence of a passing score on the Basic Skills Test administered by the Illinois Certification Testing System. Interviews are by invitation only, and are required prior to admission.

Decisions will be based on prior academic performance, current academic performance, the personal statement, letters of recommendation, and an evaluation of professional skills and dispositions.


To be awarded the MA in School Counseling, students must successfully complete 51-60 semester hours of study. To qualify for Roosevelt University's recommendation for the school service personnel certificate in school counseling (Type 73), all state and program requirements in effect at the time of application must be met, including all clinical experience requirements and passing scores on the ICTS Basic Skills Test and the ICTS Guidance Test. All graduate students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in their graduate courses, and no grade below C is acceptable for certification or the MA degree. Only two grades of C are allowed toward the MA degree.

At the time of admission, faculty advisors review transcripts and evaluate all course work completed at other colleges or universities. Advising plans are developed, and any needs, deficiencies, or electives are noted. Each student must confer with his/her assigned advisor before enrolling in the program and during each advising period to ensure that all requirements are being successfully completed.

Core courses

  CHS 400 Foundations in Counseling .....3
  CHS 401 Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues in Counseling .....3
  CHS 406 Fundamentals of Statistics, Research, and Program Evaluation .....3
  CHS 411 Social & Cultural Foundations .....3
  CHS 413 Counseling Theory & Practice .....3
  CHS 416 Human Appraisal .....3
  CHS 417 Career & Lifestyle Development .....3
  CHS 421 Theories & Dynamics of Group Counseling .....3
  CHS 457 Human Growth & Development .....3
  CHS 464 Child & Adolescent Counseling .....3

Practicum and internship courses

  CHS 426 Pre-Practicum: Techniques and Interventions .....3
  CHS 427 Practicum: Beginning Clinical Practice .....3
  CHS 498 Internship: School Counseling .....3

Specialization courses

  CHS 414 Introduction to School Counseling, School Environment, and Consultation .....3
  CHS 418 School Counseling Program Development and Classroom Management .....3
  SPED 419 Exceptional Children and Youth (those holding a teaching certificate substitute CHS 422). .....3

Those seeking Type 73 certification AND licensure as a professional counselor complete these courses, in addition to the core and specialization courses for School Counseling

  CHS 419 Psychopathology: Diagnosis & Treatment Planning .....3
  CHS 420 Marriage, Family, & Couples Relationship Counseling: Theories and Therapeutic Modalities .....3
  CHS 422 Topics in Substance Abuse & Addictive Disorders .....3