Program Outcomes Report for Counselor Education

Fall 2018

The Department of Counselor Education offers four programs leading to the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Family Counseling; Rehabilitation Counseling; and School Counseling. Specific programmatic information is available throughout our website.

The Counselor Education programs at Northeastern Illinois University have a reputation for training excellent professional counselors. We hope the following information will be helpful as you consider applying to one of our programs.

Northeastern Illinois University and the Department of Counselor Education are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), and the North Central Association for Colleges and Secondary Schools (NCACSS). The four programs are also nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

2017 Summary Profile enrollment

Clinical Mental Health Counseling: 58 (40 female and 18 male)
Family Counseling: 29 (25 female and 4 male)
Rehabilitation Counseling: 33 (18 female and 15 male)
School Counseling: 54 (39 female and 15 male)
Total for all programs: 174 students

Number of program graduates from past year 

Class of 2017
There were 37 graduates in our 2017 alumni class completing one of our four programs:

Clinical Mental Health Counseling: 14
Family Counseling: 7
Rehabilitation Counseling: 5
School Counseling: 11

Completion Rate

Of the students admitted to our program, approximately 85 percent graduated within the expected time period.  This is difficult to determine because admitted students have six years to complete our programs. Currently, approximately 35 percent of our students are attending on a full-time basis (three or four courses per semester).

Annual Alumni Survey

The Department of Counselor Education conducts an annual survey of the previous year’s graduating class. For the class of 2017, 33 surveys were sent electronically and 76 percent of the graduates returned our annual survey. The following data came from that survey and the National Counselor Examination report for October 2017 and April 2016:

Job Placement Rate

Of the 25 alumni who returned the survey, 19 (76 percent) were seeking employment specifically in the counseling field. Eighteen (95 percent) of the 19 were employed in the counseling field when they returned the survey and one (5 percent) still seeking employment in counseling.  

Six of the alumni were not looking for positions in counseling for several reasons, including: remaining in teaching position, remaining in current position, additional education, and personal health reasons.

Twenty alumni reported the length of time required to find their counseling position after graduating from the program:

Less than 1 month: 7 (35 percent)
1-3 months: 5 (25 percent)
4-6 months: 5 (25 percent)
7-12 months: 2 (10 percent)
Still looking for employment: 1 (8 percent)

Job Titles and Employment Settings

The following job titles or categories of jobs were reported by those working in counseling from the class of 2017:  C & A Counselor, Professional School Counselor, Safe School Professional, Therapist, Clinical Team Leader, Manager, Therapist, Supervisor of Case Management, Career Coordinator, Behavior Counselor, Psychotherapist, Recovery Services Team Leader, Recovery Counselor, Bilingual Therapist, School Counselor.

The following job titles or categories of jobs were reported by those working in counseling from the class of 2016:  Research Analyst; School Counselor; Case Manager; Therapist; Director of Operations and Substance Abuse Services; Job Readiness and Placement Counselor; Academic Advisor; Clinical Mental Health Counselor; Teen Counselor/Practice Administrator; Research Analyst; College Access Coordinator; and Licensed Professional Counselor.

The class of 2017 graduates reported working in the following settings: Community Mental Health Agency, Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Higher Education, Hospital, Private Practice, Rehabilitation Agency, Therapeutic Day School, Non-Profit Organization. 

The class of 2016 reported working in the following settings: community mental health agency; middle school; high school; higher education; hospital; private practice; and rehabilitation agency.

The following  job titles or categories of jobs were reported by those working in counseling from the class of 2015: Bereavement Coordinator; Case Manager; Counselor/Case Manager; Couples Counselor; Couples Therapist; Family Therapist; High School Counselor; Job Accommodation Specialist; Outpatient Therapist; Program Director; Program Manager; Psychosocial Rehabilitation Counselor; Social Services Supervisor; Special Education Apprentice - Specialty in Counseling; Therapist; Trauma Therapist; and Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor.

The class of 2015 reported working in the following settings: community mental health centers; elementary schools; high schools; hospitals; private practice; and rehabilitation agencies.

The following job titles or categories of jobs were reported by those working in counseling from the class of 2014: Case Manager/Community Support Specialist; Job Placement/Rehabilitation Counselor; Career Advisor; Expressive Therapist; Vocational Specialist; IEP Coordinator; Therapist in Private Practice; Clinical Associate and Intake Specialist; Counselor; Academic Advisor; Staff Therapist and Intake Coordinator; Therapist; Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor; School Counsleor; Middle School Counselor; and High School Counselor.

The class of 2014 reported working in the following settings; agencies/programs for the disabled; hospitals; community mental health center; schools (charter, private, and public); private practice; colleges and universities; family guidance centers; social service agencies; rehabilitation agency; and Veterans Affairs.

Licensure or certification examination pass rates

Of the 25 of our alumni who graduated in 2017 and returned the survey , 23 took one or a combination of the following exams: National Counselor Exam (NCE); #181 Content Test in School Counseling (CTSC); and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Exam (CRCE). They took a total of 26 examinations in which 90 percent passed the tests on the first attempt. One of the alumni reported passing the appropriate exam on the second attempt. Twenty-two of the alumni attained one or a combination of the following licenses or certificates: Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC); Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC); National Certified Counselor (NCC); and Professional Educator License (PEL) in School Counseling.

Our graduates have been successful in passing national and state licensing and certification examinations. Our graduates consistently have higher average scores than the national average on the NCE compared to graduates of both CACREP and non-CACREP approved programs.

Professional Organizations

The class of 2017 reported belonging to the following professional organizations: American Counseling Association (ACA); Illinois Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (IAMFT); American School Counselor Association (ASCA); Illinois Counseling Association (ICA); Illinois School Counselor Association (ISCA); and others. 

Systematic Program Evaluation Executive Summary

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) has accredited the Department of Counselor Education at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) since 1994. In accordance with the 2009 CACREP standards, the Department of Counselor Education at NEIU is continuously engaged in program evaluation activities. The results of the 2016-2017 program evaluation have been compiled in our annual Systematic Program Evaluation Executive Summary report. The results from the 2017-2018 program evaluation will be available in January of 2019. 

Factors to Consider in Applying to Counselor Education at Northeastern ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

  • Quality and diversity of the graduate students in Counselor Education. The following represent a sampling of universities from which our students have previous degrees: Big Ten universities (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue, Wisconsin); Bradley, Chicago State, Concordia, DePaul, Dominican, Eastern Illinois, Florida A&M, Fort Hayes State, Harvard, Illinois State, Illinois Wesleyan, Loyola, Northeastern Illinois, Northern Illinois, Syracuse, Valparaiso, and Western Illinois Universities; Medical College of Wisconsin; Universities of Chicago,  Dayton, Illinois at Chicago, North Texas, Notre Dame, and Pennsylvania, and South Florida; and Beloit, Carthage, Elmhurst, and St. Norbert Colleges.  Alumni and students also have degrees from outside the United States: for example, China, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Puerto Rico, Russia, and South Korea.
  • National Accreditation by CACREP: Ensures quality and professional standards. Fulfills educational requirements for Illinois licensure.
  • Ethnic Diversity: In its annual publication of "Best Colleges," U.S. News & World Report announced on September 12, 2017, that Northeastern Illinois University boasts the most diverse student population among Midwest regional universities and graduates its students with the least amount of student debt.
  • Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI): HSI is an official designation from the U.S. Department of Education. Defined as having a full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment of at least 25 percent Hispanic students.
  • Cost and Value: Northeastern Illinois University students graduate with the fifteenth-lowest student loan debt nationally among public four-year colleges and universities, according to a report released August 2017.  Among all four-year colleges and universities, Northeastern ranks 41st.
  • The Department offers a limited number of tuition waivers and graduate assistantships. Further information is available from the Office of Financial Aid, (773) 442-5009.