Certificate in School Counseling (Post-Master's)
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In 2004 the Illinois State Board of Education adopted new rules for certification of school counselors to include teacher-certified or non-teacher-certified persons holding a master's degree in any related field other than school counseling. Applicants who hold a master's degree in any related field other than school counseling (e.g., other counseling specialty, social work, or psychology) are required to complete the equivalent of all requirements of an approved school counseling preparation program. PMC education objectives include providing courses to satisfy ISBE certification changes (Section 25.225 of the 23 Illinois Administrative code) and educating post-master's counselors about the professional identity and responsibilities of modern school counselors as leaders, social change agents, and counselors committed to academic success and social justice in education for all students.
The program in Counseling is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
The post-master's certificate program in school counseling requires no more than 21 semester hours, depending on the student's previous training. Please see the Graduate School Catalog for a detailed list of program requirements.
Estimated Time to Complete the Program
In most cases, students can reasonably expect to complete the program in one calendar year. Students carrying a part-time course load have up to a maximum of five years to complete the program.
In addition to meeting the minimum requirements for admission to the Graduate School, individuals seeking admission to the Counseling program must also satisfactorily complete the Counseling program screening interview. Individuals holding a master's degree from a non-CACREP accredited program may be required to submit official scores from the GRE General Test or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).
Department Contact Information
Graduate Program Coordinator
Dr. Robert Davison Aviles, (309) 677-3174, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Christopher Rybak, (309) 677-3171, email@example.com
Terri Preston, (309) 677-3193, firstname.lastname@example.org