MA in Counseling

Northeastern Illinois University

Program Description

MA in Counseling

Northeastern Illinois University

The program leading to the Master of Arts degree in Counseling consists of the following three sequences:

  • School Counseling
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Rehabilitation Counseling

Admission Requirements

Applicants to all three sequences must meet the admission requirements of the College of Graduate Studies and Research, and the following additional requirements:

  • Submit recent scores for the general test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Scores will be considered along with other aspects of the application;
  • Satisfy supplementary admission requirements as specified by each sequence; and
  • Participate in an evaluative Preadmission Workshop after application materials have been submitted.

The Department of Counselor Education admits students twice a year, in the spring and fall terms. Admission to the program is competitive. It is possible for an otherwise acceptable applicant to be denied admission due to the competitive strength of the applicant pool. Those not selected for admission may reapply only once.

Eligibility to Enroll in Classes

Once students are officially admitted to the program, they may register for classes in the department during regular registration periods. Those who have not yet been reviewed for selection may take one course as a student-at-large. For students in the Clinical Mental Health and School sequences, that course is COUN-401. For students in the Rehabilitation sequence, that course is COUN-433. Upon formal acceptance into the program, the credits for these courses will be applied towards fulfillment of degree requirements.

To qualify for the master’s degree, students must complete 48 credit hours of prescribed coursework in school and rehabilitation counseling, and 60 hours in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Three credits of practicum, six credits of internship, and successful completion of the written departmental proficiency examination are included in the requirements. Students may not enroll for more than four (4) three-credit hour courses (12 credit hours) in a term.

Once admitted, students must demonstrate satisfactory progress. To continue in the program, a 3.0 GPA average is required, and students may not have more than six credit hours below the grade of B. In the clinical courses, COUN-405 and COUN-406, students must earn a grade of B or better to continue in the program. Therefore, an ongoing evaluation, for the purpose of making retention decisions, is made of all admitted students in the areas of academic achievement, professional growth, and personal growth. Although evaluation will take place during every class, formal evaluation procedures are applied prior to practicum, and on the annual date of one’s admission to the program. Students may also be reviewed for retention at the request of individual faculty members.

Should a student be recommended for non-retention in the program by the faculty Professional Standards Committee, the student’s faculty advisor will communicate the reasons to the student in writing. Further, depending upon the circumstances, the advisor may:

  • direct the student to seek a more appropriate field of study;
  • advise specific remedial steps that must be taken before continuation in the program is permitted; and
  • inform the student of the procedure used to appeal the committee’s decision.

A copy of all communication recommending non-retention will be forwarded by the Department of Counselor Education to the College of Graduate Studies & Research for final action.

Degree Requirements

Prerequisites: Prerequisites may be taken after admission to the program, but must be completed before Practicum

Clinical Mental Health: None
Rehabilitation: None
School: Current Illinois Teacher License OR
Applicants to school counseling who do not hold a current teaching license must include in their application packet evidence of:

  1. Passing the basic skills requirements for the state of Illinois. There are three options: Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP), ACT plus Writing, or SAT; and
  2. Submission of a State and Federal Fingerprint Background Check.
  3. In addition, an applicant without a teacher license must complete the following courses prior to starting Practicum/ Internship:

EDFN-405 Development Of Educational Thought 3
EDFN-407 Learning Theories And Educational Practices 3
SPED-404 Survey Of The Field Of Special Education 3

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Clinical Mental Health Counseling requires a minimum of 60 credit hours, or 20 courses.

COUN-401 Professional Orientation & Legal/Ethical Practices 3
COUN-402 Developmental Counseling 3
COUN-403 Theories Of Counseling 3
COUN-404 Assessment And Evaluation In Counseling 3
COUN-405 Individual Counseling Skills 3
COUN-406 Group Counseling 3
COUN-407 Mental Health Counseling 3
COUN-408 Research Seminar 3
COUN-409 Career Development 3
COUN-415 Children And Youth In School And Family Systems 3
COUN-420 Introduction To Family Counseling 3
COUN-425 Addictions Counseling 3
COUN-427 Diagnostic Systems For Counseling 3
COUN-429 Psychopharmacology 3
COUN-430 Social & Cultural Diversity In Counseling 3
COUN-438 Trauma And Crisis Counseling 3
COUN-439 Case Conceptualization & Treatment Planning 3
COUN-444 Practicum: Ethical/Legal Issues In Mental Health Counseling 3
COUN-464 Internship I: Mental Health Counseling 3
COUN-474 Internship II: Mental Health Counseling 3
Total Hours 60

School Counseling

School Counseling requires a minimum of 48 credit hours, or 16 courses.

COUN-401 Professional Orientation & Legal/Ethical Practices 3
COUN-402 Developmental Counseling 3
COUN-403 Theories Of Counseling 3
COUN-404 Assessment And Evaluation In Counseling 3
COUN-405 Individual Counseling Skills 3
COUN-406 Group Counseling 3
COUN-408 Research Seminar 3
COUN-409 Career Development 3
COUN-410 Seminar In School Counseling 3
COUN-411 Post Secondary College & Career Counseling 3
COUN-415 Children And Youth In School And Family Systems 3
COUN-430 Social & Cultural Diversity In Counseling 3
COUN-442 Practicum I: Group Supervision In School Counseling 3
COUN-462 Internship I: School Counseling 3
COUN-472 Internship II: School Counseling 3
Elective #1 3
Total Hours 48

Rehabilitation Counseling

Rehabilitation Counseling requires a minimum of 48 credit hours, or 16 courses.

COUN-402 Developmental Counseling 3
COUN-403 Theories Of Counseling 3
COUN-404 Assessment And Evaluation In Counseling 3
COUN-405 Individual Counseling Skills 3
COUN-406 Group Counseling 3
COUN-408 Research Seminar 3
COUN-409 Career Development 3
COUN-427 Diagnostic Systems For Counseling 3
COUN-430 Social & Cultural Diversity In Counseling 3
COUN-433 Foundation Of Rehabilitation Counseling 3
COUN-434 Medical & Psychosocial Aspects Of Disability 3
COUN-435 Work & Disability 3
COUN-436 Case Management In Rehabilitation Counseling 3
COUN-446 Practicum In Rehabilitation Counseling 3
COUN-463 Internship I: Rehabilitation Counseling 3
COUN-473 Internship II: Rehabilitation Counseling 3
Total Hours 48

Clinical Experience

Practicum
Practicum is a 100 hour, field-based experience which requires a minimum of 40 hours of clinical contact with clients (contact hours), and is a prerequisite for Internship. Practicum is offered in the Fall semester.

Internship
Internship is a 600 hour, field-based experience which requires a minimum of 240 hours of clinical contact with clients. Students earn six credit hours for Internships I and II.

Departmental Proficiency Examination

All candidates are required to pass a comprehensive examination. Candidates may take the examination after completion of 27 credit hours of coursework including, but not limited to:

COUN-401 Professional Orientation & Legal/Ethical Practices (COUN-433 for Rehabilitation) 3
COUN-402 Developmental Counseling 3
COUN-403 Theories Of Counseling 3
COUN-404 Assessment And Evaluation In Counseling 3
COUN-405 Individual Counseling Skills 3
COUN-406 Group Counseling 3
COUN-408 Research Seminar 3
COUN-409 Career Development 3
COUN-430 Social & Cultural Diversity In Counseling 3

Notification of Student Recess

Once having begun the Counselor Education program, if a student does not attend classes for more than two consecutive semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer), the student must notify the College of Graduate Studies and Research and the advisor of his/her intent to continue in the program. Faculty members reserve the right to review the student’s course work upon reentry by the student and to require that certain courses be repeated if necessary. Students have a maximum of six years in which to complete their degree programs.

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Last updated June 1, 2018
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