Endorsement in School Counseling Graduate Certificate Program 

The purpose of this program is to provide an Endorsement in School Counseling for students who already posses a master’s degree in counseling or closely related field.  The program emphasizes the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) Model, strong clinical training, and applied field practice as a school counselor in an elementary and high school setting.  Applicants must have passed the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) within the time limits set by the Illinois Licensure Testing System.  In addition, you must have a valid Illinois Professional Educator License or you must take the course ED 5820 within the first year.

Master Level Prerequisites (36 hours of prerequisites required)

Program prerequisites include the following courses or courses judged by the program coordinator as having similar content:

COUN 5600 Introduction to School Counseling3
COUN 5640 Counseling Theories and Ethics3
COUN 5650 Microcounseling3
COUN 5660 Advanced Lifespan Development
COUN 5670 Group Counseling3
COUN 5710 Multicultural Issues in Counseling3
COUN 5720 Lifestyle and Career Development3
COUN 5730 Techniques of Assessment and Diagnosis3
COUN 5790 Pre-practicum Counseling Lab3
COUN 5840 Advanced Psychopathology
COUN 5950 Practicum (100 hrs field placement)3
Total prerequisites required36


Course Requirements (15 credit hours)

COUN 5740 Treatment Interventions for Urban Youth and Families3
COUN 5780 Advanced School Counseling Applications3
COUN 5800 Research, Statistics and Program Evaluation3
* COUN 5990 Internship in School Counseling (600 hours in Field Placement) 6
Total course requirement15

Other Requirements

  • Proof of passing the Illinois Content Area Exam for School Counselors prior to enrollment in COUN 5990 Internship In School Counseling
  • The certificate must be completed in three years.

Additional Resources CSU Educator Licensure Office

Admissions Deadline: Admissions are twice yearly.
Deadline: March 1 (Fall); October 15 (Spring)