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.
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
Note the application deadline dates to apply to the M.A. in Counseling program. These dates are different from other M.A. programs at Northeastern. The deadline date to apply to a Fall semester is March 15. The deadline date to apply to a Spring semester is August 15.
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