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Cultivating Caring Classrooms

Dr. Heidi Larson, a member of the EIU Department of Counseling and Student Development faculty, recently helped implement a mentoring program known as B.I.O.N.I.C. in nearby Mattoon High School. After a year, the positive effects of this program were greater than she could've ever imagined.

Practicum and Internships placements begin in the second semester of coursework. These practical experiences are intended to combine course work with field experience conducted in a setting as similar as possible to that in which the student intends to seek employment.  The nature of this experience should be very much like that of a regular counseling position, but with intensive supervision both on-site and on-campus.  Practicum and Internship sites and supervisors play a pivotal role in helping students begin the transition into their professional identities.


McConaha at ACA

Melissa McConaha

Practical experiences at EIU led Melissa McConaha to the Ph.D. program at Auburn. Read more...


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Daryll Small

Thanks to her license and education Daryll Small had a job waiting for her upon graduation. Read more...

Upon graduation students completing this program are prepared to become a licensed professional counselor (LPC) by taking the National Counseling Examination (NCE) or a certified school counselor by obtaining a Professional Educator License (PEL).

As a CACREP Accredited program, students take the NCE exam while in their final year of study, allowing them to graduate from EIU as licensed professional counselors.

Research Projects

Research is an important aspect of the M.S. in counseling program, with an aim for students to display advanced scholarship through their research. Each student in the Counseling program takes a Research Methods course designed to introduce students to qualitative and quantitative methods of research in the counseling field. This course aims to develop students into informed consumers of research and also to appreciate research and its practical implications in the counseling field. In addition, faculty members also invite some students to participate in their on-going research projects. These opportunities allow students to explore their interests as they relate to research in the counseling field.

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Job Placement

Whether it's getting a professional job, a teaching job, or going on to a Ph.D. program, our students have been very successful after they graduate our program. Building on significant theoretical and methodological commitments, the graduate program provides the background necessary to be successful in numerous communication-oriented careers. With a strong focus on fostering students’ writing, critical thinking, and problem solving skills, we are dedicated to the success of our students in the program and beyond.

Excellent Faculty

Dr. Heidi Larson teaches students through hands-on learning experiences.

Heid Larson

“Students are a lot more to me than a person at a desk in my class. They’re part of who I am.”Read more...

The Counseling Department has an outstanding, caring, and accessible faculty composed of individuals who are extensively qualified as instructors and have impressive experience in the field to give students a well-rounded, practical educational experience.