The Counseling Graduate Program which is housed in the Psychology department offers graduate study leading to the Master of Arts degree in Counseling. Graduates of the program are eligible to work as counselors in school settings and a variety of community settings. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling tracks are both accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The program is also designed as a pre-doctoral program in counselor education or counseling psychology. Students have an option of completing a thesis, if they are interested.
The program qualifies students to sit for examinations for the State of Illinois School Counselor Content-Area Test (school track only), The National Counseling Certification (NCC) and the Illinois Licensure for Professional Counselors (LPC). School Counseling graduates may need additional coursework prior to obtaining the LPC. Program curriculum conforms to the requirements of the Illinois State Board of Education.