MA in Community Counseling
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The MA is for those who intend to pursue a PhD in the future and are not interested in master's-level practice. The MA program does not lead to master's-level licensing. Rather, it prepares students for acceptance into doctoral programs in counseling psychology, counselor education or related fields. The MEd is designed for those who wish to engage in counseling practice with a master's degree. The MEd is the program to which persons would apply who are interested in becoming licensed for master's-level practice, regardless of whether or not they are considering doctoral education in the future.
Both programs require 48 semester hours of coursework, including 27 semester hours of core courses and six semester hours of practicum and internship experience. The MEd program requires students to take specialty coursework related to community counseling practice. The MA program requires specialty coursework in research methods and statistics. Students enrolled in the MA program are also required to participate on a faculty member's research team for at least one semester.
That depends on whether you want to become licensed for master's-level practice. If you do, you should apply for the MEd program, whether or not you might eventually pursue doctoral work. If you intend to forgo master's-level licensing for later licensing for doctoral-level practice, you should apply for the MA program.
The MEd program in Community Counseling is approved by the State of Illinois as a professional counselor training program. Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for licensing as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Illinois upon graduation. Graduates are eligible to apply for licensing as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in Illinois after receiving two years of post-degree supervised experience. For the licensing exam click here.
You are not eligible for professional counselor licensing in Illinois with the MA degree. You can, however, be eligible for a license by taking extra coursework and an additional 250 hours of practicum and internship (CPSY 440).