MEd in School & Community Counseling
Completion of the MEd degree program requires 57 semester hours of graduate study focused in two major areas: (1) counseling core and (2) specialty area (school and community). This includes 700 clock hours of practicum and internship experience (taken for six semester hours of credit). Students must also take and pass one four-hour written comprehensive examination during their final semester of study. Students have five years from acceptance to complete the program.
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
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: Community Counseling Practice (12 semester hours)
- CPSY 427: Introduction to Clinical Mental Health
- CPSY 437: Addictions Counseling
- CPSY 444: Family Therapy I
- CPSY 528: Diagnostic Appraisal to Treatment Planning
Specialty Area: School Counseling Practice (9 semester hours)
- CPSY 428: Foundations of Professional School
- CPSY 431: Advanced School Counseling & Consultation
- CPSY 458: Adolescent Development and Counseling
Reading Requirement (3 semester hours)
- CIEP 423: Advanced Literacy Instruction
Clinical Training (6 semester hours)
- CPSY440: Practicum*
- CPSY 441: Internship*
* Practicum/Internship requires 700 hours of supervised experience in a setting relevant to both community counseling and school counseling practice.
Additional Education Courses
School Counseling licensure in Illinois requires a teaching certificate or additional course work in education. Students in the M.Ed. program in School and Community Counseling who do not hold teaching certificates must complete the following additional course work to be license-eligible in Illinois. These courses are:
- The Exceptional Child
- Instructional Strategies for Diverse Populations*
- School Administration (or equivalent)*
Length of the Program: Full-time students complete the program in two years, including at summers. Part-time study is also available.
Continuous Enrollments: Master's students in School and Community 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 School of Education's Associate Dean of Student Academic Services.
Comprehensive Assessment: Comprehensive proctored examination is required (four-hour exam). See Handbook for details. Comprehensive examination application deadlines (see School of Education Academic Calendar for comprehensive exam dates):
- Spring Exam: December 1
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*
*Students having their degrees conferred in August are eligible to participate in the proceeding May Commencement.
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.
Licensure: The curriculum of the MEd program reflects 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 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 can be transferred. Coursework, including the number of hours required, differ across states. Students interested in completing licensure or certification in another state are strongly advised to consult the professional regulation boards prior to enrolling at Loyola to determine the appropriate coursework required. Students should also stay apprised of licensure requirements throughout the program.
Students seeking school counseling licensure without a teaching endorsement must also pass the TAP Test in addition to the school counseling licensure examination. The TAP Test must be completed by the end of the first semester of study and the school counseling licensure exam must be taken in the semester prior to beginning CPSY 441, Internship, in the spring semester. The ISBE website provides information on dates on which exams are given, fees, and registration procedures. Both exams (basic skills and school counseling) are administered by ISBE (not us) and you must register with ISBE to take them.
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