School Counseling, MA

Offered in: Chicago

The Counseling program is designed for students who aspire to transform schools and communities in the pursuit of social justice through individualized attention to the needs of children, adolescents, and adults. An undergraduate academic major in counseling is not required. Students may choose from degree programs in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling.

The School Counseling program prepares students to become school counselors in public K-12 schools. Students may enter the program with or without a teaching certificate.

Admission

Students are admitted only for the fall term at the Chicago campus. For priority consideration, the deadline for application is March 1. For regular consideration, the deadline is rolling until two weeks before the start of the Fall semester. Applications for all scholarships and assistantships are also due by the priority deadline of March 1.

Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the entirety of their undergraduate course work, a minimum of 120 credit hours of credit at the undergraduate level, a personal statement outlining goals and aspirations, and two letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate academic or work abilities. Applicants for the program in School Counseling must submit evidence of a passing score on the Basic Skills Test administered by the Illinois Certification Testing System. Interviews are by invitation only, and are required prior to admission.

Decisions will be based on prior academic performance, current academic performance, the personal statement, letters of recommendation, and an evaluation of professional skills and dispositions.

Requirements

To be awarded the MA in School Counseling, students must successfully complete 51-60 credit hours of study. To qualify for Roosevelt University's recommendation for the school service personnel certificate in school counseling (Type 73), all state and program requirements in effect at the time of application must be met, including all clinical experience requirements and passing scores on the ICTS Basic Skills Test and the ICTS Guidance Test. All graduate students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in their graduate courses, and no grade below C is acceptable for certification or the MA degree. Only two grades of C are allowed toward the MA degree.

At the time of admission, faculty advisors review transcripts and evaluate all course work completed at other colleges or universities. Advising plans are developed, and any needs, deficiencies, or electives are noted. Each student must confer with his/her assigned advisor before enrolling in the program and during each advising period to ensure that all requirements are being successfully completed.

Core Courses
CHS 401PROFESSIONAL ORIENTATION AND ETHICAL PRACTICE IN COUNSELING3
CHS 406STATISTICS & RESEARCH METHODS IN COUNSELING3
CHS 411SOCIAL & CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS3
CHS 413FOUNDATIONS OF COUNSELING THEORY AND PRACTICE3
CHS 416HUMAN APPRAISAL3
CHS 417CAREER AND LIFE-STYLE PLANNING3
CHS 421THEORIES OF GROUP DYNAMICS AND COUNSELING3
CHS 457TOPICS/ISSUES IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT3
Practicum and Internship
CHS 460PRE-PRACTICUM I: BASIC COUNSELING SKILLS AND TECHNIQUES3
CHS 462PRE-PRACTICUM II: ADVANCED COUSELING SKILLS AND TECHNIQUES3
CHS 463COUNSELING PRACTICUM3
CHS 498INTERNSHIP: SCHOOL COUNSEL3
Specialization Courses
CHS 414SCHOOL COUNSELING, ENVIRONMENT, & CONSULTATION3
CHS 418ORGANIZATION, ADMINISTRATION, & LEADERSHIP OF EFFECTIVE SCHOOL COUNSELING PROGRAMS3
SPED 419EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN & YOUTH3
CHS 464CHILD & ADOLESCENT COUNSELING3
Those seeking Type 73 certification AND licensure as a professional counselor
Complete these courses, in addition to the core specialization courses for School Counseling:
CHS 419PSYCHOPATHOLOGY: DIAGNOSIS & TREATMENT PLANNING3
CHS 420MARRIAGE AND FAMILY COUNSELING3
CHS 422TOPICS IN SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND ADDICTIVE DISORDERS3
Total Credit Hours57