Loyola University Chicago

School of Education


School Counseling Endorsement

For answers to more FAQs about the School of Education, see the general FAQs page.

Yes. The school counseling program is designed for students interested in becoming school counselors, and prepares students to qualify for the school counseling endorsement under the Illinois State Board of Education. Students must also hold a valid teaching license or complete three additional education courses. Applicants to the School Counseling Program who are interested in becoming school counselors in other states should study the certification requirements in those states to ensure that certification requirements are met during graduate study.

Persons interested in becoming school counselors in Illinois who already hold a master's degree in education or related field and a Standard Teaching License may apply for the School Counseling Endorsement Program. This program does not lead to a graduate degree at Loyola University Chicago, but endorsement by the school that the student has met Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) requirements for the school counselor endorsement.

Yes. The School Counseling Program is approved by the Department of Professional Regulation in the State of Illinois as a professional counselor preparation program. Graduates of the School Counseling Program are eligible to apply for licensure in Illinois as Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC).

Read and follow the procedures for Illinois school licensure here.