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Master's in School Counseling (MA)

The Master's in School Counseling (SC) program prepares counselor candidates to support and advocate on behalf of the learning and social-emotional needs of children and adolescents in K-12 schools. The intensive, field-based MA in school counseling curriculum prepares every candidate to work democratically with diverse students and families. The program leads to an Illinois school counselor credential.


Location: Chicago
Start Term: Fall
Program Type: Master's

Graduates of the School Counseling program enter their field with an in-depth knowledge of children, adolescents, and the socio-emotional conditions that foster student learning. The program’s course work provides students with the skills to work with a diversity of student populations.

Tara Hawkins
, Department Contact

What Differentiates Us

A Diverse Student Population

A Diverse Student Population

Forty-seven percent of currently enrolled students are students of color.

Get The Skills Employers Are Seeking

Get The Skills Employers Are Seeking

100 percent of the employers of our school counseling graduates agreed or strongly agreed that our program produces school counselors who are well-prepared for their profession.

Get Licensed

Get Licensed

Our School Counseling program leads to an Illinois Professional Educator License endorsed for School Counseling. The program is CACREP accredited.

100% Pass Rate

100% Pass Rate

One hundred percent of our students pass the state and national exams that are the capstones to this degree and program. Already licensed teachers or recent college graduates with degrees outside of education can enroll in this program.

Expectations & Requirements

Standards

You’ll develop the skills needed to foster academic growth and socio-emotional well-being in children and adolescents. You can expect focused and practical assignments, engaging and intensive discussions and small group projects, and multiple opportunities to complete field experiences that allow you to develop your skills and strategies in PreK-12 schools and classrooms. You’ll develop greater self-awareness, as well as the ability to collaborate with others to surmount obstacles.

Sample Courses

  • Social and Cultural Foundations
  • Introduction to School Counseling, School Environment, and Consultation
  • School Counseling Program Development and Classroom Management
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Internship: School Counseling

Outcomes

A Record of Success
2015-16 Statistics
Number of Graduates 10
3-Year Completion Rate 80%
Licensure/Certification Examination Pass Rate 100%
Job Placement Rate 93%
A Fast-Growing Field
More job opportunities exist for school counselors than ever before. In fact, employment of school counselors is projected to grow 8 percent from 2014-24, as fast as average for all occupations (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). 
Opportunities Everywhere
Alumni have gone on to become counselors in schools and school districts throughout Chicago and the United States.

Testimonials

"I believe it is my fundamental responsibility as a school counselor to advocate and promote equity for all students in order to enhance the quality of their school experience. Roosevelt's program has provided the stimulating and motivating environment that is necessary for me to succeed in counseling and to become the best version of my professional and personal self."

​Taylor Travers - ​School Counseling '17

"All of the professors in our program lead courses that focus less on lectures and tests and much more on discussion, experience and role play. It’s not uncommon for me to stop a class and say, 'You want to see what that looks like? Okay let’s try it.'”

​Kristina Peterson
​Associate Professor, Counseling and Human Services, Roosevelt University
Admission

  • Online Application
  • $40 Application Fee
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities within the United States. Coursework completed outside the U.S. requires a Foreign Credential Evaluation to be submitted.
  • Letter of Intent outlining your personal and professional goals, why you are interested in this program, and how it will help you achieve your goals
  • English Language Proficiency: All international students and individuals who completed a degree program outside the United States are required to meet this requirement. 
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