Loyola University Chicago

School of Education


School Counseling Licensure Endorsement

Endorsement requires completion of coursework equivalent to the 48-semester-hour MEd in School Counseling.


The Professional Educator License: The school counseling endorsement program is designed for students who already have completed a master's degree in education, counseling or a related field. Candidates must also hold a valid teaching license or complete three additional education courses, which are:

  • The Exceptional Child
  • School Administration
  • Instructional Strategies for Diverse Populations

State-Required Coursework:

  • CPSY 420: Counseling Skills
  • CPSY 421: Professional Issues in Counseling
  • CPSY 423: Theories of Counseling and 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
  • CPSY 428: Foundations of Professional School
  • CPSY 431: Advanced School Counseling and 
  • CPSY 458: Adolescent Development and Counseling
  • CPSY 440: Counseling Practicum/Internship
                        (6 semester hours)
  • CIEP 423: Advanced Literacy Instruction in Content Area

Some of the required and additional coursework could have been completed during prior master's degree study. The Graduate Program Chair of the School Counseling Program reviews the applicant's graduate transcript to determine the coursework that must be taken at Loyola University Chicago for endorsement.

Students are also required to have a clinical experience in a school.

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

Continuous Enrollments: Students in endorsement only programs 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 School of Education’s Associate Dean of Student Academic Services.

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