Help meet the need for qualified guidance counselors in K-12 school settings.
With curriculum options for both certified and non-certified professionals, and designed for the new State of Illinois guidelines, Lewis' Master's in School Counseling program will prepare you to effectively serve as a school counselor.
"My field experience has brought classroom instruction to life. I am continuously building professional relationships and positive connections with students, staff and community."
As a school counselor you will help students select classes, manage social issues, determine future plans after graduation and refer students to outside services as necessary. This program is built around hands-on experience, with 100 hours in your practicum and supervised internship hours spent in the schools (400 hours for certified professionals; 600 hours for non-certified professionals).
Following the American School Counselor's Association recommendations, Lewis' Masters in School Counseling curriculum is designed to help you:
- Develop skills in inquiry, assessment and guidance
- Learn social and emotional counseling practices for individual, group and mediation settings
- Understand personality differences and learn flexible counseling styles for engaging each student differently
- Make ethical decisions when counseling dilemmas arise
Choose from three program options based on your current certifications and specific career goals:
Certified Teacher Candidate:
40 Credit Hours
This program is designed to prepare teachers to work effectively as elementary or secondary school counselors. Upon completion of the program, you will receive a Master of Arts in School Counseling, making you eligible for the Type 73 School Counseling Certificate.
Non-Certified Candidate (for those with a master's degree):
46 Credit Hours (maximum)
For those students who already hold a master's degree in an area related to school counseling, this program will make you eligible for the Type 73 Certificate without providing you an additional master's degree.
Non-Certified Candidate (for those without a master's degree):
46 Credit Hours
For those students with a bachelor's degree but without a teaching certificate, this program will provide you with a Master of Arts in School Counseling, and the coursework required to make you eligible for the Type 73 Certificate.
Optional Licensed Professional Counselor Certification
Plus, add the additional coursework required to sit for the Illinois Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) examination, which will allow you to provide services in mental health outside the school in community settings.
Flexibility for Working Adults
- Evening classes to make coursework convenient
- Small class sizes for personal attention
- Take additional coursework to obtain your LPC Certification
Available at Lewis' Tinley Park campus and at IVCC in LaSalle Peru, the cohort program allows for you to proceed through the entire program with a single group of students.
Applying to Lewis is easy. Start your online application right now.