Loyola University Chicago

School of Education


EdS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Completion of the EdS degree program requires 60 semester hours of graduate study focused in two major areas: (1) counseling core and (2) specialty area. This includes 1,000 clock hours of practicum and internship experience (taken for nine semester hours of credit). Students must also take and pass a four-hour written comprehensive examination during their final semester of study. There is no thesis requirement.

Undergraduate Prerequisites

Students should present transcript evidence of successful completion ("B" or better) of the course listed below, or its equivalent. Ideally students will have completed this course prior to the start of the program.

  •  Introductory Statistics course

Coursework (60 semester hours)

Counseling Core (27 semester hours)

  • CPSY 420: Counseling Skills
  • CPSY 421: Professional Issues in Counseling
  • CPSY 423: Theories of Counseling & Psychotherapy
  • CPSY 424: Career Development and Counseling
  • CPSY 425: Assessment in Counseling
  • CPSY 426: Group Counseling
  • CPSY 433: Multicultural Counseling
  • CPSY 454: Human Development
  • RMTD 400: Introduction to Research Methodology

Specialty Area (21 semester hours)

  • CPSY 427: Introduction to Clinical Mental Counseling
  • CPSY 437: Addictions Counseling
  • CPSY 444: Family Therapy
  • CPSY 527: Prevention, Advocacy, and Outreach:
  • CPSY 528: Diagnostic Appraisal and Treatment Planning
  • CPSY 532: Advanced Theories of Psychotherapy
  • CPSY 535: Seminar in Supervision and Consultation 

Clinical Experiences (9 semester hours)

  • CPSY 440: Practicum in Counseling (3 semester hours)
  • CPSY 441: Internship in Counseling (6 semester hours)

Elective (3 semester hours)

See Handbook‌ for suggestions.

Length of the Program: Full-time students can complete the program in two years, including summers. Part-time study is also available.  Students have five years from acceptance to complete the program. 

Continuous Enrollments: Specialist students in Clinical Mental Health Counseling are required to maintain the status of continuous enrollment during their program of studies. This means that during each semester of each academic year (excluding Summer Sessions), each student must enroll in at least one course. A formal leave of absence may be granted upon request and the approval of the Graduate School’s Associate Dean.

Comprehensive Assessment: Comprehensive proctored examination is required (four-hour exam). See See Handbook for details‌. Comprehensive examination application deadlines for the Spring Exam is December 1. See School of Education Academic Calendar for comprehensive exam dates.

Degree Conferral: While the commencement ceremony is every May, degrees can be conferred May, August, and December. Students must apply for graduation/degree conferral. Students should apply for graduation in the semester they anticipate completing all degree requirements. Failure to meet application deadlines may result in a delay of the conferral of the degree to the following semester. Applications for Degree Conferral are due:

  • August 1 for December conferral
  • December 1 for May conferral
  • February 1 for August conferral*

Please note the degree conferral application is valid for only one semester. If the degree is not conferred for the semester requested, a new application is required for a subsequent semester.

*Students having their degrees conferred in August are eligible to participate in the preceding May Commencement.

Licensure: Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for licensing as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Illinois upon graduation. Graduates are then subsequently eligible to apply for licensing as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in Illinois after receiving two years of post-degree supervised experience.

The curriculum of the EdS program meets current requirements for licensure in the State of Illinois. Licensure is handled by individual states, and portability of licensure across state lines differs according to each state. The EdS may meet requirements for states whose licensure requires 60 hours. The Department of Professional Regulation in the State of Illinois has adopted the certification exam developed and administered by the National Board of Certified Counselors. Many states use this exam for licensure purposes, so scores from the exam may be transferred. Coursework, including the number of hours required, differ across states. Students interested in completing licensure or certification in another state are must consult the professional regulation boards of other states to determine the appropriate course work required. Students should also stay apprised of licensure requirements throughout the program.

Practicum Sites: The Chicagoland area provides a wealth of clinical training opportunities for the students in community, school, and clinical mental health counseling programs. Students receive generalist training but through site selection can begin to acquire population-specific competencies in working with children, adolescents, families, gay/lesbian/bisexual clients, and other groups of individuals. Many of the practicum sites also contain APA-approved internship programs where trainees are provided with rigorous supervision and on-site seminars.

To discuss typical practicum settings and sites in Chicago and its suburbs, please contact Rufus Gonzales, Practicum Coordinator, at 312.915.6378

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