The non-degree School Counselor Endorsement, offered through the Department of Counselor Education, is 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.

Credit hours required: 21 


The program admits students for fall only.

Program Benefits

The Department of Counselor Education is housed within the Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education. 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 counseling field at local, national and international levels.

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

Completion of the School Counselor Endorsement, Non-Degree 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 non-degree School Counselor Endorsement 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 non-degree School Counselor Endorsement and the courses offered toward the program.

School Counselor Endorsement, Non-Degree

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

About Northeastern

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