The education field needs professionals who can meet client concerns from diverse cultural perspectives. The EdS degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares professionals who are knowledgeable about cultural influences on human development.


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Graduates of the clinical mental health counseling program are prepared to serve in a wide variety of professional roles, including counseling and consultation on personal and educational issues and career development and adjustment.



  • Understand the knowledge bases of the counseling professions.
  • Capable of applying the knowledge base of their disciplines in an ethical, reflective, and culturally-responsive manner.
  • Evaluate research, appreciate the contribution of empirical inquiry to the solution of applied problems, and apply research findings to their practices.
  • Knowledgeable of the social-cultural contexts of human development.
  • Evaluate the outcomes of their interventions with empirically sound methods
  • Participate in continuing professional education and supervision in their future professional lives and who involve themselves in activities of their professional associations.
  • Committed to social justice in scientific and practice settings.

Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for licensing as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Illinois upon graduation. Graduates are then subsequently eligible to apply for licensing as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in Illinois after receiving two years of post-degree supervised experience.




A central goal of our program is to prepare culturally sensitive practitioners who, regardless of the setting, base their practices on scholarly inquiry.





Completion of the EdS degree program requires 60 semester hours of graduate study focused in two major areas: (1) counseling core and (2) specialty area. This includes 1,000 clock hours of practicum and internship experience (taken for nine semester hours of credit). Students must also take and pass a four-hour written comprehensive examination during their final semester of study. There is no thesis requirement.

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
Coursework (60 semester hours)

Counseling Core (27 semester hours)

  • CPSY 420: Counseling Skills
  • CPSY 421: Professional Issues in Counseling
  • CPSY 423: Theories of Counseling & Psychotherapy
  • 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: Introduction to Research Methodology

Specialty Area (21 semester hours)

  • CPSY 427: Introduction to Clinical Mental Counseling
  • CPSY 437: Addictions Counseling
  • CPSY 444: Family Therapy
  • CPSY 527: Prevention, Advocacy, and Outreach:
  • CPSY 528: Diagnostic Appraisal and Treatment Planning
  • CPSY 532: Advanced Theories of Psychotherapy
  • CPSY 535: Seminar in Supervision and Consultation

Clinical Experiences (9 semester hours)

  • CPSY 440: Practicum in Counseling (3 semester hours)
  • CPSY 441: Internship in Counseling (6 semester hours)

Elective (3 semester hours)

See program handbook [PDF] for suggested courses. 

Program Length


Full-time students can complete the program in two years, including summers. Part-time study is also available. Students have five years from acceptance to complete the program.

Specialist students in Clinical Mental Health 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 may be granted upon request and the approval of the Graduate School’s Associate Dean.


Comprehensive Assessment


Comprehensive proctored examination is required (four-hour exam). See program handbook [PDF] for details. Comprehensive examination deadlines for the Spring Exam is December 1. 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. are due:

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

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.

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




Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for licensing as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Illinois upon graduation. Graduates are then subsequently eligible to apply for licensing as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in Illinois after receiving two years of post-degree supervised experience.

The curriculum of the EdS program meets 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 EdS may meet requirements for states whose licensure requires 60 hours.

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 may be transferred. Coursework, including the number of hours required, differ across states. Students interested in completing licensure or certification in another state are must consult the professional regulation boards of other states to determine the appropriate course work 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, and 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


Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data

2020 Current Students

Jeanie Chang, MA (enrolled 2020)

  • Hometown: Dallas, TX
  • Ethnicity: Korean American
  • Clinical Interests: I'm open to working any population/presenting problems but am particularly interested in working with Asian American/Asian American immigrants and families.
  • Research Interests: Asian American immigrant experience/experiences with racism, racial identity development.
  • Contact Information: ychang@luc.edu

Yiyu Cheng, MA (enrolled 2020)

  • Hometown: Qingdao, China 
  • Ethnicity: Asian/Chinese
  • Clinical Interests: LGBT+ affirmative counseling, immigration and acculturation counseling, trauma therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, feminist therapy.
  • Research Interests: Intersectionality, identity formation and development, queer and racial identity among immigrants/international students, mechanism of change in a multicultural context, first-generation college students' and women's career development.
  • Contact Information: ycheng7@luc.edu

Tiffany Fang, MA (enrolled 2020)

  • Hometown: Carpentersville, IL
  • Ethnicity: Asian American
  • Clinical Interests: Racial/ethnic minority populations, LGBT+ populations, emerging adults.
  • Research Interests: Coping and resilience in people with marginalized identities, interracial relationships, intersectionality, identity development. 
  • Contact Information: tfang@luc.edu

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