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MEd in School & Community Counseling

  • Become eligible to apply for LPC licensure, school counselor license, and, subsequent to supervised experience, LCPC licensure.
  • Complete the program in two years (plus summers).

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 for licensing as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in Illinois after receiving two years of post-degree supervised experience and a passing score on the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE). Graduates will also have completed the educational requirements to qualify for School Counselor Licensure in the State of Illinois, with either a standard teaching certificate or additional course work in education that are required by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).This is the program to which persons should apply who are interested in becoming licensed for master's-level practice in school or community settings, regardless of whether or not they are considering doctoral education in the future

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 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: Community Counseling Practice (12 semester hours)

  • CPSY 427: Introduction to Clinical Mental Health 
  • CPSY 437: Addictions Counseling
  • CPSY 444: Family Therapy I
  • CPSY 528: Diagnostic Appraisal to Treatment Planning

Specialty Area: School Counseling Practice (9 semester hours)

  • CPSY 428: Foundations of Professional School 
  • CPSY 431: Advanced School Counseling & Consultation
  • CPSY 458: Adolescent Development and Counseling

Reading Requirement (3 semester hours)

  • CIEP 423: Advanced Literacy Instruction

Clinical Training (6 semester hours)

  • CPSY440: Practicum*
  • CPSY 441: Internship*

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


Additional Education Courses

School Counseling licensure in Illinois requires a teaching certificate or additional course work in education. Students in the M.Ed. program in School and Community Counseling who do not hold teaching certificates must complete the following additional course work to be license-eligible in Illinois. These courses are:

  • The Exceptional Child
  • Instructional Strategies for Diverse Populations*
  • School Administration (or equivalent)*

Completion of the MEd degree program requires 57 semester hours of graduate study focused in two major areas: (1) counseling core and (2) specialty area (school and community). 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.


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


Continuous Enrollments: Master's students in School and 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  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  deadlines (see  for comprehensive exam dates):

  • 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.  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.


Students seeking school counseling licensure without a teaching endorsement must also pass the  in addition to the school counseling licensure examination.  The TAP Test must be completed by the end of the first semester of study and the school counseling licensure exam must be taken in the semester prior to beginning CPSY 441, Internship, in the spring semester. The ISBE website provides information on dates on which exams are given, fees, and registration procedures.  Both exams (basic skills and school counseling) are administered by ISBE (not us) and you must register with ISBE to take them.

Application Deadlines for Fall: January 1


A Completed Application Form 
You may submit your application form online


Official Transcripts
Applicants must submit official transcripts for all undergraduate and any graduate work. To be eligible for admission, your transcript must show an earned bachelor's degree or a bachelor’s degree in progress. Certified copies of transcripts are acceptable; faxed copies of transcripts are not considered official. If you attended Loyola University Chicago previously, you do not need to request transcripts; we have them on record.


Transcripts must show a GPA of at least a 3.0. In exceptional cases, applicants whose undergraduate GPA is below 3.0 may be admitted. Each program area gives meaningful consideration to the applicant's graduate GPA, GRE scores, recommendations, professional experience and reasons for pursuing a graduate program, as well as to the diversity of the student body.


Two Letters of Recommendation
If you supply your recommender’s email address as part of your completed online application form, then your recommendation letters may be submitted online. Or, your recommenders may choose to mail them to:


Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
820 N. Michigan Ave.
Suite 1200
Chicago, IL 60611


We ask that you submit only two letters, no more, no less. Recommenders may be academic or professional in nature.


A Personal Statement
Your statement should be 1-3 pages, and you should describe your:

  1. Academic and research interests, as well as your professional goals
  2. Life experiences that have influenced your view of social justice
  3. Any research and professional experiences




Optional Standardized Test Scores
If you believe your general GRE scores can strengthen your application, you may submit them. However, it is not required. (Loyola’s GRE institution code is 1412.) 

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