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EIU Master of Science in Counseling

Welcome from the Chair

Mission Statement

The Master of Science (MS) in Counseling at Eastern Illinois University pursues the highest standards of scholarly excellence as evidenced through sustained achievement of criteria developed and adopted by the Graduate School.  The program utilizes a cohort model with a low faculty-to-student ratio.  The M.S. in Counseling prepares Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling students for Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and School Counseling students for Professional Educator License (PEL) in the State of Illinois.  The program is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP) ensuring that students are trained in research-based clinical practice.  The purpose of our training, which includes 1000 hours of supervised practical experience in a variety of settings, is to equip students to become qualified, ethical and culturally competent counselors. 

Learning Goals for the M.S. in Counseling


  1. Candidates will display the required academic preparation and professional dispositions necessary to succeed in the graduate program in Counseling or Higher Education Leadership.
  2. Candidates will display evidence of depth of content knowledge.
  3. Candidates will display evidence of maintaining professional disposition.
  4. Candidates will display evidence of critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  5. Candidates will display evidence of effective oral and written communication skills.
  6. Candidates will display evidence of advanced scholarship through research and/or creative activity. 



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Counseling & Student Development

Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-2400
Fax: (217) 581-7800

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