The School Counseling, M.A., offered through the Department of Counselor Education, fulfills the educational requirements for the Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) with School Counselor Endorsement. School Counseling also meets the educational requirements for the two levels of licensure as a professional counselor in the State of Illinois: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC).

The School Counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) through the year 2024. In addition, the program’s graduate students are eligible to sit for the National Counselor Examination (NCE) during their last year of study. A passing score on the NCE is one of the requirements for the LPC or LCPC.

Credit hours required: 60 with Professional Educator License (PEL). Additional courses are required for those without a PEL.


The program admits students for the fall and spring semesters.

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Program Benefits

The Department of Counselor Education is housed within the Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education. The College offers flexible day, evening and weekend classes. The Department offers flexible evening classes.

Students in Counselor Education receive personalized attention from skilled professors in small class sizes, and gain valuable connections in the school and counseling fields at local, national and international levels.

Northeastern offers an affordable tuition and convenient urban locations accessible by car or public transportation.

Completion of the Master of Arts in School Counseling will satisfy all standards for teacher licensure as required by the Illinois State Board of Education. Northeastern Illinois University has not made a determination as to whether this education degree program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in any of the other 54 U.S. states and jurisdictions. Specific requirements for licensure or certification in states other than Illinois vary from state-to-state. In some cases, you may need to take additional coursework or exams to meet individual state requirements and/or you may need to complete background checks.

Career Options

The School Counseling program prepares students for employment in settings at:

  • elementary school
  • middle school
  • high school

For more detailed career information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Academic Catalog Information

Take a closer look at the Master of Arts in School Counseling and the courses offered toward the degree.

School Counseling, M.A.

Department and Contact Information

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact Counselor Education at (773) 442-5550 or

Counselor Education

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