Loyola University Chicago

School of Education


MEd in Community Counseling

Completion of the MEd degree program requires 48 semester hours of graduate study focused in two major areas: (1) counseling core and (2) specialty area. This includes 700 clock hours of practicum and internship experience (taken for six semester hours of credit). Students must also take and pass one four-hour written comprehensive examination during their final semester of study. Students have five years from acceptance to complete the program. 

Undergraduate Prerequisites
Students should present transcript evidence of successful completion ("B" or better) of the course listed below, or its equivalent. Ideally students will have completed this course prior to the start of the program.

  •  Introductory Statistics course

Counseling Core (27 semester hours)

  • CPSY 420: Counseling Skills
  • CPSY 421: Professional Issues
  • CPSY 423: Theories of Counseling
  • CPSY 424: Career Development and Counseling
  • CPSY 425: Assessment in Counseling
  • CPSY 426: Group Counseling
  • CPSY 433: Multicultural Counseling
  • CPSY 454: Human Development
  • RMTD 400: Research Methods OR
    CPSY 450: Research in Counseling

Specialty Area (18 semester hours)

  • CPSY 427: Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling Counseling
  • CPSY 437: Substance Abuse Counseling
  • CPSY 444: Family Therapy I
  • CPSY 440: Practicum*
  • CPSY 441: Internship
  • CPSY 528: Diagnostic Appraisal to Treatment Planning

* Practicum/Internship requires 700 hours of supervised experience in a setting relevant to community counseling practice.

Specialty Elective (3 semester hours)

See Handbook for suggested courses

Length of the Program: Full-time students complete the program in two years, including at least one summer. Part-time study is also available.

Continuous Enrollments: Master's students in Community Counseling are required to maintain the status of continuous enrollment during their program of studies. This means that during each semester of each academic year (excluding Summer Sessions), each student must enroll in at least one course. A formal leave of absence may be granted upon request and the approval of the School of Education's Associate Dean of Student Academic Services.

Comprehensive Assessment: Comprehensive proctored examination is required (four-hour exam). See handbook for details. Comprehensive examination application deadlines (see School of Education Academic Calendar for comprehensive exam dates):

  • Fall Exam: August 1
  • Spring Exam: December 1

Degree Conferral: While the commencement ceremony is every May, degrees can be conferred May, August, and December. Students must apply for graduation/degree conferral. Students should apply for graduation in the semester they anticipate completing all degree requirements. Failure to meet application deadlines may result in a delay of the conferral of the degree to the following semester. Applications for Degree Conferral are due:

  • August 1 for December conferral
  • December 1 for May conferral
  • February 1 for August conferral*

*Students having their degrees conferred in August are eligible to participate in the proceeding May Commencement.

Please note the degree conferral application is valid for only one semester. If the degree is not conferred for the semester requested, a new application is required for a subsequent semester.

Licensure: The curriculum of the MEd program reflects current requirements for licensure in the State of Illinois. Licensure is handled by individual states, and portability of licensure across state lines differs according to each state. The Department of Professional Regulation in the State of Illinois has adopted the certification exam developed and administered by the National Board of Certified Counselors. Many states use this exam for licensure purposes, so scores from the exam can be transferred. Coursework, including the number of hours required, differ across states. Students interested in completing licensure or certification in another state are strongly advised to consult the professional regulation boards prior to enrolling at Loyola to determine the appropriate coursework required. Students should also stay apprised of licensure requirements throughout the program.

Practicum Sites: The Chicagoland area provides a wealth of clinical training opportunities for the students in community, school, ande clinical mental health counseling programs. Students receive generalist training but through site selection can begin to acquire population-specific competencies in working with children, adolescents, families, gay/lesbian/bisexual clients, and other groups of individuals. Many of the practicum sites also contain APA-approved internship programs where trainees are provided with rigorous supervision and on-site seminars.

To discuss typical practicum settings and sites in Chicago and its suburbs, please contact Rufus Gonzales, Practicum Coordinator, at 312.915.6378

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