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School Counseling

The number of counselors needed by 2018 is expected to rise 18%

-- Graduate Student in Counseling Lauren O'Connor wins honorable mention in national essay contestFeb 29, 2012

Welcome to the School Counseling Program of Roosevelt University.  We are a community of educators and counselors who seek to share our passion for school counseling and our dedication for social justice with others. We share the philosophy that effectiveness as a professional counselor depends on personal development, the ability to communicate effectively, commitment, and excellent academic preparation. We are committed to preparing introspective, multiculturally astute, and socially conscious professional school counselors with a change agent orientation.  We vigorously prepare our students to empower all children to reach their academic, personal/social, and career potential.

The College of Education at Roosevelt University offers a 51-credit graduate degree in school counseling leading to an Illinois Type 73 School Service Personnel certificate endorsed for School Counseling at both our Chicago and Schaumburg campuses.


Roosevelt prepares professional school counselors who are active problem solvers and decision makers. They strive to:

  • make a difference in children’s lives as holistic practitioners
  • enjoy self-growth while facilitating growth in others
  • lead proactively in schools, and advocate for students and families
  • develop comprehensive school counseling programs to address the needs of all students
  • understand and respect human diversity
  • be actively involved in professional development.

The programs include regularly scheduled individual academic advising; an integrated theoretical orientation; an integration of classroom skills with counseling internships; a strong foundation in course work for meeting certification and licensing requirements; and supervised experiences in schools.

Applications are considered for the Fall term ONLY, according to two deadlines: 
March 1 for Early Admission and August 1 for Regular Admission.

Spring semester admission also is possible at the Schaumburg campus, on a rolling basis until two weeks before the start of the Spring semester.


Students graduating from the school counseling program will earn a Master of Arts degree and be eligible for a type 73 certification.  They will be prepared to work as professional counselors in an elementary, middle, or high school setting.  Students in the school counseling program have the opportunity to work with children in a variety of settings to insure that they are prepared for the diverse and challenging world of today’s schools upon graduation.  Graduates of our program can be found in schools throughout Chicago and the suburban metropolitan area. 

This program does not qualify students for licensure as a professional counselor or clinical professional counselor in the State of Illinois. However, students who wish to acquire a school service personnel certificate in school counseling (Type 73) AND be eligible for licensure as a professional counselor in the State of Illinois can complete an additional 9 credit hours.

Program Faculty

  • Bruce Dykeman – Schaumburg
  • Renate Rohde – Schaumburg
  • Dennis Frank – Chicago
  • Jasmine Knight - Chicago
  • Kristina Peterson – Chicago  

More Information

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