School Counseling, M.A.

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.

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 Candidates:
This program is designed to prepare teachers to work effectively as elementary or secondary school counselors. There are two options available: 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. Additionally you may take coursework to be eligible to site for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) exam.

Non-Certified Candidate (for those without a master's degree):

For those students with a bachelor's degree and are teacher certified, 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. You may also take additional coursework to be eligible to sit for the LPC exam.

Non-Certified Candidate (for those with a master's degree):
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.
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
Cohort Option
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.

Start customizing your Master's in School Counseling program curriculum today!

Student Talk

  • Masters in School Counseling

    Alexandra Surman

    "My field experience has brought classroom instruction to life. I am continuously building professional relationships and positive connections with students, staff and community."