School Counseling / Master of Arts

Graduate programs in school counseling have been designed for both licensed teachers and non-licensed professionals. Both program options have been developed according to State of Illinois guidelines to meet the need for qualified counselors in school settings.

Program Objectives

The objectives are the same for both programs. The goals are to:

  • Provide a knowledge base in relevant areas of School Counseling theory and demonstrate the pragmatic application of those theories.
  • Develop candidates’ skills in techniques of counseling, interviewing, and assessment.
  • Develop an understanding of the school counselor’s role in the organization and implementation of a comprehensive developmental counseling program.
  • Develop candidates’ understanding of the uniqueness of each individual and demonstrate how the counselor must be flexible in dealing with the individual.
  • Develop a professional identity and an understanding of ethics and ethical behavior.

Admission Standards

Admission to the graduate program in School Counseling is based on academic and personal qualifications of the applicant. Students are admitted without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, irrelevant handicap, national or ethnic origin, or disability.

There are three enrollment categories for applicants in the program: full admission, provisional admission, and student-at-large. All applicants must present evidence of a baccalaureate degree awarded by a regionally-accredited institution of higher education and a completed application that includes a personal statement of professional goals. Because this program is directed toward adults, it is expected that personal maturity and experience are prime indicators of success in the program.  Applicants may be asked to submit to or secure a criminal background check as part of the admission process.

Full Admission

Applicants for full admission must:

1. Complete an application form, accompanied by a non-nonrefundable application fee.

2. Submit a personal statement in which the applicant provides a brief work/school history and reasons for seeking enrollment in the School Counseling program. This personal statement will serve as a writing skills sample.

3. Submit two letters of recommendation from professors, employers, or supervisors.

4. Submit an official transcript of all academic work previously attempted or completed. An applicant's GPA should equal a 3.0 on a scale of 4.0

5. Pass the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) or take the ACT or SAT with the following score requirements:

  • ACT: Prior to 9/1/15-Composite score of 22 or higher and a minimum of 19 on the Combined English/Writing portion; 9/1/15 and later-Composite score of 22 or higher and a minimum of 16 on the Writing portion; 9/10/16 or later-Composite score of 22 or higher and a minimum of 6 on the writing portion.
  • SAT: Prior to 3/5/16-Composite score of 1030 (critical writing+mathematics=1030 or higher) and a minimum score of 450 on writing; 3/5/16 and later-Composite score of 1110 (evidence-based reading and writing+mathematics=1110 or higher) and a minimum score of 26 on writing and language.

6. Certify proficiency in reading and writing English, if the student is from a non-English speaking country, by achieving a 550 on the TOEFL written exam; 213 on the computerized exam; 79 on the Internet-based exam; or IELTS score of 6.0. ELS level 112 completed. Step Eiken (Japan) Pre-1 is also accepted.

7. Receive acceptance by the Graduate Council of the College of Education and Social Sciences.

Provisional Admission

In select cases, an applicant who does not meet the requirements for full admission may be granted provisional admission. Candidates may apply for full admission after resolving the admission deficiencies.  Candidates must pass the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) or take the ACT or SAT with the following score requirements:

  • ACT: Prior to 9/1/15-Composite score of 22 or higher and a minimum of 19 on the Combined English/Writing portion; 9/1/15 and later-Composite score of 22 or higher and a minimum of 16 on the Writing portion; 9/10/16 or later-Composite score of 22 or higher and a minimum of 6 on the writing portion.
  • SAT: Prior to 3/5/16-Composite score of 1030 (critical writing+mathematics=1030 or higher) and a minimum score of 450 on writing; 3/5/16 and later-Composite score of 1110 (evidence-based reading and writing+mathematics=1110 or higher) and a minimum score of 26 on writing and language.

Student-At-Large

A student-at-large is not a degree candidate. However, should a student decide to apply for full admission status at a later time, but within 5 years of course completion, only 3 courses (9 semester hours) will be accepted for credit. At-large students are allowed to take a maximum of 3 courses with permission of the Graduate Program Director.

Transfer Admission Procedures

Candidates may apply up to 12 semester hours of graduate-level work from other regionally-accredited institutions to their program of school counseling. Candidates will follow the appropriate admission criteria for full or provisional admission.  The following conditions apply to the acceptance of transfer credit:

1. Only courses with a grade of B or better will be accepted.

2. Coursework must have been completed at a regionally-accredited graduate school.

3. Appropriateness of coursework will be decided by the Graduate Program Director at the time of the student’s application to the program.

4. Courses from outside the United States will be considered if they are evaluated as graduate level by the Office of Admission or the Commission on Accreditation of the American Council on Education.

5. Credit for prior learning is not awarded for graduate courses.

Transfer of Credit after Matriculation

Candidates who are already matriculated at Lewis University and wish to transfer in a course must seek written approval from the Graduate Program Director before the course is attempted. Only courses with a grade of B or better will be accepted. Candidates may transfer in up to 2 courses.

Good Academic Standing

See Good Academic Standing.

Academic Probation and Dismissal

See Academic Probation and Dismissal.

Course Formats and Credit

Courses are offered in the evening, and workshops are offered on weekends each semester and summer. The normal load for a full-time graduate candidate is 3 courses, or 9 semester hours. For those who are employed full-time, the normal semester load is 2 courses, or 6 semester hours.

Incomplete Grades

See Incomplete Grade.

Time Limitations

Candidates must complete all requirements within 7 years from the time of completion of their first graduate course at Lewis University.  Students remain under the requirements of the catalog in effect at the time of matriculation unless they discontinue attendance for two consecutive years or more, in which case they will follow the catalog in effect upon their return.

Enrollment of Undergraduates in Graduate Courses

See Undergraduate Students Enrolling in Graduate Courses.

Graduation Requirements
The can
didate will be awarded the Master of Arts degree when he or she has:

1. Completed at least 40/47 credit hours of graduate study as stipulated below.

2. Successfully passed the comprehensive examination, which is normally attempted after 30 credit hours are completed.

3. Attained a GPA of 3.0 or above.

Degree Requirements

Curriculum A: Licensed Teachers

The School Counseling program is designed for teachers who want to become licensed as elementary and secondary school counselors. The program integrates sound counseling theory and research-based practices and procedures to prepare candidates to work effectively in schools. This program is offered through the Psychology Department. Candidates receive a Master of Arts in School Counseling which makes them eligible for the Professional Educator License (PEL) with School Counselor Endorsement.

To be eligible for the School Counselor License, the candidate must hold a valid 03, 09, or 10 Illinois Professional Educator License, complete 40 semester hours of approved class work, and pass the 181 Content Area Test. The candidate must pass the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) or take the ACT or SAT with the score requirements outlined in the School Counseling MA introduction. Candidates may be asked to submit to or secure a criminal background check as part of the admission process. Goals for the program follow the American School Counselor’s Association recommendations.

Option 1: Licensed Teachers Earning the M.A. in School Counseling, Non-LPC Option (40)

Program: MA-SCCO-3
Concentration: LTNC

I. Core Courses (39)

COUN-50500Research in Counseling

3

COUN-51100Individual Appraisal

3

COUN-51200Interviewing Skills

3

COUN-52000Advanced Developmental Psychology

3

COUN-52200Career Development Theory

3

COUN-54100Psychopathology

3

COUN-56500Group Dynamics and Counseling

3

COUN-57000Principles and Methods of School Counseling

3

COUN-57600Organization of School Counseling

3

COUN-58100Practicum in School Counseling

3

COUN-59100Internship in School Counseling

3

EDLD-57600Multicultural Foundations for Educators and Counselors

3

SPED-55700Exceptional Learners in Inclusive Communities

3

II. Required Elective (1)

COUN-55006Workshop: College Planning: Admission and Financial Aid

1

Option 2: Licensed Teachers Earning the M.A. in School Counseling with LPC Option (60)

Program: MA-SCCO-3

Concentration: LTWC

 

This program is intended for those who have earned a bachelor's degree and are teacher-licensed. These candidates will earn a Master of Arts in School Counseling.  Candidates will take the coursework needed to meet the requirements for the Professional Educator License (PEL) and additional coursework allowing them to sit for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) examination. (The LPC enables the school counselor to provide services in mental health outside the school in community settings.)

Candidates must complete a minimum of 60 credit hours as part of their degree in order to meet the program requirements for the LPC option.   In addition, all candidates who choose the LPC track must complete a 600-hour Internship.

I. Core Courses (39)

COUN-50500Research in Counseling

3

COUN-51100Individual Appraisal

3

COUN-51200Interviewing Skills

3

COUN-52000Advanced Developmental Psychology

3

COUN-52200Career Development Theory

3

COUN-54100Psychopathology

3

COUN-56500Group Dynamics and Counseling

3

COUN-57000Principles and Methods of School Counseling

3

COUN-58100Practicum in School Counseling

3

COUN-59100Internship in School Counseling

3

COUN-57600Organization of School Counseling

3

EDLD-57600Multicultural Foundations for Educators and Counselors

3

SPED-55700Exceptional Learners in Inclusive Communities

3

II. Required Elective (1)

COUN-55006Workshop: College Planning: Admission and Financial Aid

1

III. LPC Courses (13)

COUN-55005Workshop: Introduction to Mental Health

1

COUN-56700Treatment of Substance Abuse

3

COUN-57300Counseling Theories 1

3

-OR

COUN-57700Counseling Theories 2

3

COUN-57500Family Dynamics and Counseling

3

COUN-57800Professional and Ethical Issues in Counseling

3

IV. Additional Approved Electives (7)

Students, in consultation with the Graduate Program Director, must complete 7 credit hours in approved courses appropriate to the degree.

Curriculum B: Non-Licensed Candidates

Option 1: Non-Licensed Candidates Earning the M.A. in School Counseling, Non-LPC Option (47)

Program: MA-SCCO-3
Concentration: NLNC

This program is intended for candidates who have earned a bachelor’s degree and are not teacher-licensed. These candidates will earn a Master of Arts in School Counseling.  The coursework meets the requirements for the School Counselor License.

I. Core Courses (40)

COUN-50500Research in Counseling

3

COUN-51100Individual Appraisal

3

COUN-51200Interviewing Skills

3

COUN-52000Advanced Developmental Psychology

3

COUN-52200Career Development Theory

3

COUN-54100Psychopathology

3

COUN-56500Group Dynamics and Counseling

3

COUN-57000Principles and Methods of School Counseling

3

COUN-57600Organization of School Counseling

3

COUN-58100Practicum in School Counseling

3

COUN-59100Internship in School Counseling

3

EDLD-57600Multicultural Foundations for Educators and Counselors

3

RDLT-50700Literacy for Other School Personnel

1

SPED-55700Exceptional Learners in Inclusive Communities

3

II. Required Elective (1)

COUN-55006Workshop: College Planning: Admission and Financial Aid

1

III. Additional Required Courses (6)

Students lacking a teaching license are required to take these two courses:

EDLD-54800Organizational Systems in Educational Leadership

3

EDLD-53100Classroom Management for School Counselors

3

Option 2: Non-Licensed Candidates Earning the M.A. in School Counseling with LPC Option (60)

Program: MA-SCCO-3

Concentration: NLWC

 

This program is intended for candidates who have earned a bachelor’s degree and are not teacher-licensed. These candidates will earn a Master of Arts in School Counseling.  Candidates will take the coursework required for the Type 73 License and additional coursework allowing them to sit for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) examination. (The LPC enables the school counselor to provide services in mental health outside the school in community settings.)

Candidates must complete a minimum of 60 credit hours as part of their degree in order to meet the program requirements for the LPC option.  In addition, all candidates who choose the LPC track must complete a 600-hour Internship.

I. Core Courses (40)

COUN-50500Research in Counseling

3

COUN-51100Individual Appraisal

3

COUN-51200Interviewing Skills

3

COUN-52000Advanced Developmental Psychology

3

COUN-52200Career Development Theory

3

COUN-54100Psychopathology

3

COUN-56500Group Dynamics and Counseling

3

COUN-57000Principles and Methods of School Counseling

3

COUN-57600Organization of School Counseling

3

COUN-58100Practicum in School Counseling

3

COUN-59100Internship in School Counseling

3

EDLD-57600Multicultural Foundations for Educators and Counselors

3

RDLT-50700Literacy for Other School Personnel

1

SPED-55700Exceptional Learners in Inclusive Communities

3

II. Required Elective (1)

COUN-55006Workshop: College Planning: Admission and Financial Aid

1

III. Additional Required Courses (6)

EDLD-54800Organizational Systems in Educational Leadership

3

EDLD-53100Classroom Management for School Counselors

3

IV. LPC Courses (13)

COUN-55005Workshop: Introduction to Mental Health

1

COUN-56700Treatment of Substance Abuse

3

COUN-57300Counseling Theories 1

3

-OR

COUN-57700Counseling Theories 2

3

COUN-57500Family Dynamics and Counseling

3

COUN-57800Professional and Ethical Issues in Counseling

3

Curriculum C: Non-Degree Seeking Candidates, Licensure Only

Program: NOND-ATLG-3
Concentration: SCCO

This program is intended for those candidates who already hold a master’s degree in an area related to school counseling. Upon completion of this program, individuals can earn the Professional Educator License (PEL) with the School Counselor Endorsement. This program does not provide candidates with an additional master’s degree. Due to the variety of educational backgrounds of students who enter the program, each person’s educational background will be considered on an individual basis by the Graduate Program Director. Not all master’s degrees are eligible for this program. Generally, alternative requirements will be met by additional coursework. Candidates will consult with the Graduate Program Director to determine the curriculum that best meets their needs. All courses must be approved by the Graduate Program Director.