The Department of Psychology 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 Community Counseling and School
Counseling tracks are both accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling
and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). In response to the requirements in the
2009 CACREP standards, no new students are currently being admitted to the Community
Counseling track, which is being replaced by the Clinical Mental Health Counseling
track. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is currently accredited under
the 2001 Standards for Community Counseling Programs as a Community Counseling program.
The 2009 Standards combine the Standards for Community Counseling Programs and Standards
for Mental Health Counseling Programs into Standards for Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Programs. The counseling program applied for reaccreditation under the 2009 Standards
in December 2009. 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
Service Personnel Certificate (Type 73) with an endorsement in Guidance and the National
Counselor Examination (NCE®) administered by the National Board of Certified Counselors
(NBCC®). Students are also eligible to apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional
Counselor (LPC) through the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.