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of Counselor Education offers a Master of Arts in Counseling degree in:
mission of the Department of Counselor Education at Northeastern
Illinois University is to provide a quality graduate education
curriculum in Clinical Mental Health, Family, School and Rehabilitation Counseling to
passionate, responsible, effective, self-reflective, and diverse
students. The program will equip these students to provide exceptional
services to enrich the lives and maximize the functioning of
individuals, families, and their communities by providing exemplary
professional counseling services in a changing multicultural world.
Program faculty will endeavor to include the most current evidence-based
and/or outcome-based research in their course work.
Syllabi will include current CACREP and CORE standards, as well as
information from other sources to maintain an open, engaging curriculum
that equips students to work in a variety of work settings.
Department will conduct program evaluation including recommendations and
feedback from advisory board meetings, program faculty, and current and
former students. The information obtained will be reviewed annually and
incorporated into the program as appropriate.
The Department of Counselor Education will recruit qualified applicants and
will train counselors-in-training to be self reflective, effective, and
competent providers of services.
Accreditation is the primary means of assuring both a high quality
program and a systematic evaluation leading to its improvement.
Northeastern Illinois University and the Department of Counselor
Education are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation
of Teacher Education (NCATE), the Illinois State Board of Education
(ISBE), and the North Central Association for Colleges and Secondary
The department's Clinical Mental Health and
School Counseling programs and the M.A. in Family Counseling
program are nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation
of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the
accrediting body for the American Counseling Association (ACA).
last year of study, Clinical Mental Health, School, and Family counseling students may take the examination
leading to certification as a National Certified Counselor (NCC),
authorized by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC).
Graduates will then be able to apply for Illinois licensure as a
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or a Licensed Clinical
Professional Counselor (LCPC). Graduates are also eligible to
apply to CACREP approved doctoral programs in Counselor Education.
department's Rehabilitation Counseling program is accredited by the
Council on Rehabilitation Education
(CORE). Graduate students
of this program can sit for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC)
examination upon completion of 75% of their rehabilitation counseling
coursework. Rehabilitation counseling students, upon successful
completion of the program, are eligible to become Certified
(CRC). In addition, the CRC credential is recognized by the
state of Illinois as a method of application to apply for licensure as a
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).