The Department of Counselor Education offers a Non-Degree School Counselor Endorsement program designed for individuals who have completed a graduate degree in counseling or a closely related field and are seeking to meet the academic and clinical requirements to be eligible for endorsement as a school counselor in the state of Illinois. 

Applications for the Endorsement program are accepted for spring, summer and fall semesters:

Application deadline for Spring November 1
Application deadline for Summer  April 1
Application deadline for Fall July 15

An application is reviewed only if all application materials are received by the deadline date for the semester applied for. 

Application Requirements

To be considered for admission, the applicant must have a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and can apply to the program through NEIUs online application system. The online application requires the following: 

  • Application form
  • Application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Current resume
  • Two recommenders (applicants will be prompted to enter contact information for two professional recommenders)
  • Signed Informed Consent
  • Essay: In 500-700 words, please respond to the following prompts:
    How do you see yourself aligning with NEIU's Counseling Department?
    Talk about your personal and/or professional experiences that make you a strong candidate.
  • For applicants who hold a Professional Educator License (PEL): upload the PEL to your application portal
  • For applicants who do not hold a PEL: results of a state and federal fingerprint background check. Review the instructions for taking and submitting your background check results. The state results will be sent directly to the Goodwin College of Education. Upload the federal results to your application portal. If you are a DACA student we recommend going through Scenario B exclusively, listed on the GCOE website under the Federal and State Fingerprint Background Check Instructions. Please contact the Associate Dean of the Goodwin College of Education at at gcoe@neiu.edu for more information.
  • Successful completion of coursework in the following areas: counseling theories and interviewing, human growth and development; assessment and evaluation; individual and group counseling; career development; family counseling; and multicultural counseling. Those who have not successfully completed the necessary coursework may fulfill them during the course of their studies toward earning the Endorsement.

Contact Counselor Education at (773) 442-5550 or counsedu@neiu.edu for further questions or if the links are not working.

Curriculum in the Non-Degree School Counselor Endorsement Program

The courses required to complete the Non-Degree School Counselor Endorsement program are listed below. All courses are graduate courses:

For individuals who hold a PEL: 21 credit hours

  • COUN 410 Seminar in School Counseling (3 cr)
  • COUN 411 Post-Secondary College & Career Counseling (3 cr)
  • COUN 412 Topics in School Counseling (3 cr)
  • COUN 415 Children & Youth in School & Family Systems (3 cr)
  • COUN 442 Practicum: Group Supervision in School Counseling (3 cr)
  • COUN 462 Internship I: School Counseling (3 cr)
  • COUN 472 Internship II: School Counseling (3 cr)

A passing score on the #181/235 School Content Test is required before beginning Practicum.

For individuals without a PEL: 33 credit hours

  • ESL/Bilingual Methods: BLBC 440 Methods in Teaching ELL in Diverse Classrooms (3 cr)
  • Special Education: SPED 404 Survey/Field of Special Ed (3 cr) OR SPED 509 Methods I: Spec Curriculum in Sped (3 cr)
  • Reading Methods: LTCY 402 Issues in Literacy Instruction (3 cr) OR LTCY 501 Literacy Instruction in Elementary Grades (3 cr)
  • Reading in the Content Area: LTCY 502 Literacy Instruction Content Areas Secondary Grade (3 cr) OR LTCY 513 Literacy Instruction Middle Level (3 cr)
     
  • COUN 410 Seminar in School Counseling (3 cr)
  • COUN 411 Post-Secondary College & Career Counseling (3 cr)
  • COUN 412 Topics in School Counseling (3 cr)
  • COUN 415 Children & Youth in School & Family Systems (3 cr)
  • COUN 442 Practicum: Group Supervision in School Counseling (3 cr)
  • COUN 462 Internship I: School Counseling (3 cr)
  • COUN 472 Internship II: School Counseling (3 cr)

A passing score on the #235 School Content Test is required before beginning Practicum.