Loyola University Chicago

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MEd in School Counseling

  • Graduate with eligibility to for the School Counseling Endorsement, as well as the licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Close interaction with faculty provides opportunities for mentoring and increased professional development. 
  • Become culturally sensitive professionals that think critically and base practices on scholarly inquiry.
  • Understand the knowledge bases of the counseling professions.
  • Collaborate with multiple parties within a school context (e.g., students, parents, teachers, administrators, community, etc.)
  • 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.

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

Required Core Courses (27 semester hours):

  • CPSY 420: Counseling Skills
  • CPSY 421: Professional Issues in Counseling
  • CPSY 423: Theories of Counseling and 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 Courses (18 semester hours):

  • CPSY 428: Foundations of Professional School 
  • CPSY 431: Advanced School Counseling and 
  • CPSY 458: Adolescent Development and Counseling
  • CPSY 440: Practicum (3 semester hours)
  • CPSY 441: Internship (3 semester hours)
  • CIEP 423: Advanced Literacy Instruction

Elective (3 semester hours): 
Example electives include:

  • CPSY 437: Addictions Counseling
  • CPSY 444: Family Therapy I
  • CPSY 485: Career Assessment
  • CIEP 401: The Exceptional Child
  • CIEP 414: Instructional Strategies for Diverse Populations
  • CIEP 478: Behavior Intervention: Assessments and 

Additional Coursework

The School counselor endorsement in Illinois requires a teaching endorsement or additional coursework in education. Students in the MEd program in School Counseling who do not hold a teaching license must complete the following additional coursework to be eligible in Illinois. These courses are:

  • The Exceptional Child
  • Instructional Strategies for Diverse Populations
  • School Administration

Completion of the MEd degree program requires 48 semester hours, 700 clock hours of practicum/internship experience, and a four-hour proctored comprehensive examination.


Length of the Program: Full-time students will complete the program in two years, including at least one summer. Part-time study is also available. Students have five years from acceptance to complete the program.


Continuous Enrollments: Master's students in School 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.


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 TAP Test 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.


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


Comprehensive Assessment: Comprehensive proctored examination is required (four-hour exam). See Handbook for details‌. Comprehensive examination application deadlines:

  • Spring Exam: 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. 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.

Application Deadline 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.)

For additional information on billing, payment, and policies, please visit the Office of the Bursar. For information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities, visit Loyola's Financial Aid Office and  through the School of Education.