Through state-of-the-art technology and facilities, and researched-based training practices, the Department of Counseling and Higher Education seeks to become a premier training facility for master’s level professional counselors.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
The Department of Counseling and Higher Education offers the Masters of Science in Counseling with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. This program meets the requirements for the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and leads to licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC) and Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the State of Illinois. Click here for more information on this program.
The Department of Counseling and Higher Education offers the Masters of Science in Counseling with a concentration in School Counseling. This program meets the requirements for the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and leads to certification as a School Counselor in the State of Illinois (Professional Educator License). Click here for more information on this program.