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Counselor Education
Counselor Education

The Department of Counselor Education has been one of the leading M.A. in Counseling programs in preparing counselors for over thirty-five years.  Students are attracted to our counseling program because it is a terminal degree leading to a career in counseling with a foundation that is both theoretical and applied.  Our faculty models this orientation with scholarly activities and a strong emphasis in the applied, since most have come to the faculty after years of work in the field and continuing work as professional counselors and psychologists providing services to children, youth, and adults in individual, couples, and family counseling.

Counselor Education offers an M.A. in Counseling in four areas of concentration:

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling      60 graduate credit hours
  • Family Counseling                               60 graduate credit hours
  • Rehabilitation Counseling                   48 graduate credit hours
  • School Counseling                               48 graduate credit hours
    (applicants with teacher licensure) OR 57 graduate credit hours (applicants without teacher licensure)

Career Opportunities in Counseling
The United States Department of Labor, in its Occupational Outlook Handbook, reports that The job outlook for mental health counselors is expected to grow by thirty-seven percent through 2020, much faster than in all other occupations.  Growth is expected as the overall population grows, and as insurance companies increasingly provide for reimbursement as a less costly alternative to psychologists and psychiatrists.”

Counselor Education alumni are employed as crisis counselors, executive directors of community agencies, mental health therapists, outreach workers, and substance abuse and human services counselors.  Our graduates work in veteran’s administration offices, private insurance and government agencies, and case management firms. Our school counseling alumni have become successful school counselors, administrators and leaders at all K-12 levels of education throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.  Many of our alumni work in private practice after having worked in various organizations and developing areas of expertise.  A number of our graduates have gone on to complete their Ph.D. programs.

Class Format
Counselor Education is considered an evening program, with courses meeting once a week, and class times starting in the late afternoon and early evening hours.  Our courses are held at Northeastern’s main campus.  Our courses are listed as:

  • Lecture:  courses meet each week on campus during the semester
  • Hybrid:   courses combine face-to-face sessions with online sessions
  • Online:   courses are held online during the semester

Information Sessions
We invite you to attend an on-campus Information Session to learn about the M.A. in Counseling programs:

  • Clinical Mental Health, Family, School, and Rehabilitation programs will be discussed.
  • Application, admission, and retention requirements will be reviewed.
  • Faculty advisors will be available to answer questions. 
  • Complete application folders will be distributed. 
  • All sessions meet from 6:30-8:00 pm, in room LWH 1001. 
  • All sessions are held on Fridays.  No need to RSVP.
  • Next Information Sessions:  September 26 and November 7, 2014; January 23, April 24, and June 12, 2015
  • For further information, contact the Department at 773-442-5550 or email us at counsedu@neiu.edu

Note the application deadline dates to apply to the M.A. in Counseling program:

Fall Semester:  March 15
Spring Semester:  August 15

Counselor Education

Faculty and Staff Profiles

Faculty and Staff Profiles