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M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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Application and Admission Requirements

The Department of Counselor Education admits students twice a year, in January and August.

The deadline to submit a complete application to the M.A. in Counseling program for the Spring semester is August 15; the deadline for the Fall semester is March 15.

These deadline dates are different from other M.A. programs at Northeastern.  In addition, the Department holds a number of Information Sessions throughout the year for those who are interested in learning more about our Counselor Education programs.

The Application Process
To be considered for admission, applicants must submit the following documents by the deadline date for the term to be admitted (March 15 for the FAll semester and August 15 for the Spring semester) to:

Graduate Admissions & Records
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60625

  1. College of Graduate Studies application, along with a $30 non-refundable application fee.
  2. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.  If you attended a university outside of the United States, you will need to have your transcript evaluated by Educational Credentials Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) or World Education Services, Inc. (WES).
  3. Statement of Goals (See #6 below).
  4. Results from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).  The exam you are to take is the General Exam.  Only official copies of GRE results will be accepted.  The Educational Testing Service (ETS) does not report scores that are more than 5 years old.  The school code for Northeastern Illinois University is #1090; the educational code for student counseling is #3801.
  5. Counselor Education application.
  6. Essay.  A one to two page essay, typed and double-spaced (instructions are found on page 2 of the Counselor Education application).  The Essay substitutes for the Statement of Goals that is found on the College of Graduate Studies application.
  7. Two letters of recommendation on recommendation forms provided by the Department.  The recommendation forms substitute for the forms found on the College of Graduate Studies application.
  8. A statement of employment history (resume).
  9. Mandatory attendance at the Preadmission Workshop (PAW).  Dates for the PAW are found on page 2 of the Counselor Education application.

    Additional requirements for applicants applying to School Counseling are listed in #10, 11, and 12:
  10. Copy of current Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL): for applicants to School  Counseling who hold an Illinois teacher license.
  11. Evidence of taking the State and Federal Fingerprint Background Check: for applicants to School Counseling who do not hold the Illinois Educator License.
  12. Evidence of taking and passing the basic skills test component for the State of Illinois.  There are 3 options:  for ALL applicants to School Counseling:

For Clinical Mental Health, Family, and Rehabilitation Counseling: 
No prerequisites

For School Counseling:
An Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) meets the prerequisite requirement.

Applicants to School Counseling who do not hold a PEL: completion of the following courses.  These courses can be taken as a student-at-large or prior to practicum, if admitted.  Taking these courses does not guarantee admission into the program:

  • ELAD-EDFN 405 Development of Education Thought
  • ELAD-EDFN 407 Learning Theories
  • SPED 404 Overview of the Field of Special Education

Preadmission Workshop
Approximately 2 weeks after the application deadline, the Department sends a notice to applicants reminding them of their PAW date.  Applicants attending the PAW will participate in a series of group discussions facilitated by the faculty. 

Eligibility to Enroll in Classes
Once you are officially admitted to your program, you may register for classes during online registration periods.  Those who have not yet been reviewed for selection may take one course, COUN 401 Professional Orientation & Legal/Ethical Practices (Clinical Mental health, Family, School) or COUN 433 Foundations of Rehabilitation Counseling (Rehab).  If you are formally accepted into the program, the credits for the course will count towards yoru degree requirements.

Prospective or interested students may register for one class in the Counselor Education program as a student-at-large by completing a student-at-large application (if you have never attended Northeastern).  Fur further information, contact Enrollment Services.



Department of Counselor Education
Northeastern Illinois University
5550 N. St. Louis Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
Email: ~ Telephone: 773-442-5550 ~ Fax:773-442-5559