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Loyola University Chicago

School of Education


M.Ed. in Community Counseling

Degree Requirements

Total Hours: 48
Practicum: Required
Comprehensive: 4 hour Proctored Exam
Thesis: None

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

Curriculum Plan: Completion of the M.Ed. 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. (See SOE Policy: Time Limit for Degree Completion)

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. (See SOE Policy: Academic Standing - Continuous Enrollment)

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.

   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.

Counseling Core (27 semester hours)

Specialty Area (18 semester hours)

* 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

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

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:

*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.


School of Education
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