This program is designed for those who are interested in clinical counseling practice at the master’s level. In Illinois (and in many other states), completion of this program qualifies graduates to apply for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC and, later, LCPC). This is a 60-semester-hour program that provides broad-based training in counseling assessment and intervention as well as in the theory and research that supports these practices. This program also provides appropriate preparation for those wishing to apply to PsyD and PhD programs in clinical or counseling psychology. Those planning to apply to PhD programs should ensure that they secure research experience within the program while they pursue their MA degree.
The curriculum of the Clinical Psychology (Counseling Practice) satisfies the educational requirements for the professional counselor and clinical professional counselor licenses in Illinois, Roosevelt’s home state, and in many other states. Students are urged to check with the board that oversees these licenses in the state in which they intend to practice after completing the degree to ensure that this curriculum satisfies the state’s requirements. (An index of State Licensing Boards can be found by visiting the National Board for Certified Counselors by clicking here.)
General GPA standards: Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 (B) grade point average. No more than two grades of C+, C, or C- (six semester hours) will be counted toward the MA degree. For additional information concerning grading and academic discipline, see the general university regulations.
Time limit: Students are allowed six years in which to complete the MA degree and only courses completed within six years from the time the student enters the program will be counted toward the degree.
Competency requirement: The competency requirement is designed to ensure that all students seeking the MA degree demonstrate an acceptable level of mastery of general psychology. It is a prerequisite for all 600-level courses. The competency requirement must be met within the first 18 semester hours of graduate credit. Students who fail to satisfy the competency requirement within this time period will be considered for dismissal from the program. Students can meet the competency requirement in one of the two ways detailed below.
Academic integrity: The Department of Psychology holds graduate students to professional standards of academic integrity. The Department considers actions that present the work of another as one’s own to be unethical and inappropriate. Cheating and plagiarism are never tolerated. The department defines plagiarism as presenting the ideas or words of another as one’s own. Students must follow the rules for appropriate citation and quotation of the words of others, as outlined in the current edition of the American Psychological Association’s publication manual, in all papers and theses. Students who violate these standards regarding cheating and plagiarism will be considered for dismissal from the program.
Ethical, professional and interpersonal competency: Because the psychology programs prepare mental health practitioners, the department is accountable to the public regarding the development of professional and ethical behavior. Thus, in addition to the evaluation of academic performance, students will be evaluated regularly on appropriate professional and interpersonal behavior. Students who fail to meet academic standards or fail to meet expectations of appropriate professional and interpersonal behavior will be considered for dismissal from the program.
Applicants must meet the graduate admission requirements of the university, as detailed in the Policies and Procedures section of the university web site, and have completed at least 18 semester hours in psychology at the undergraduate level with at least a 3.0 (B) average. Undergraduate courses must include general psychology, abnormal psychology, introductory statistics, research methods, theories of personality, and one junior/senior level undergraduate course.
Some students may be admitted with undergraduate deficiencies. In such cases, undergraduate courses may be taken concurrently with some graduate courses with the permission of the program director, but these courses will not earn graduate credit.
Total program is 60 semester hours. This includes six semester hours of practicum/internship experience, which may begin after the student has completed 36 semester hours or required program credit. The term practicum and internship are often used interchangeably in the field. The internship consists of not less than 750 hours of professionally supervised training and service in an approved agency or institution, over a period of not less than two semesters. This experience satisfies the requirements for professional counselor and clinical professional counselor licensure in Illinois, Roosevelt’s home state. As other states may have slightly different internship requirements, students are urged to consult the Board that oversees these licenses in the state in which they intend to practice. The program’s practicum requirement will not be reduced, but additional internship experiences can be added as elective credit, if necessary.
Given the time demands of the internship experience, it is never possible for a student to maintain full-time employment during the semesters in which internship is completed.
A student who has not completed the internship during the semesters in which he/she is registered for PSYC 697A and PSYC 697B must maintain continued registration during subsequent semesters until completion of the internship by registering for PSYC 697Y (zero-credit course).
During the practicum/internship year, students will also be required to take the Counseling Preparation Comprehension Examination (CPCE). Students admitted in the 2015-2016 academic year will be required to meet minimum competency on the exam, as outlined by the student manual.
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