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
throughout the year for those who are interested in learning
more about our Counselor Education programs.
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
College of Graduate Studies application,
along with a $30 non-refundable application fee.
- 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).
- Statement of Goals (See #6 below).
- 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.
Counselor Education application.
- 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.
- 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.
- A statement of employment history (resume).
- Mandatory attendance at the Preadmission Workshop (PAW).
Dates for the PAW are found on page 2 of the Counselor Education
Additional requirements for applicants applying to School Counseling are
listed in #10, 11, and 12:
- Copy of current Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL): for
applicants to School Counseling who hold an Illinois teacher
- Evidence of taking the State and Federal
Check: for applicants to School Counseling who do not hold the
Illinois Educator License.
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:
Two undergraduate courses in psychology, including one course in
For School Counseling:
An Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) meets the prerequisite
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 406 Human Development & Learning
- ELAD-EDFN 407 Learning Theories
- SPED 404 Overview of the Field of Special Education
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.