Do I need a psychology or counseling background to qualify for this program?
Yes and no. You do not need a psychology degree to qualify, however psychology credit hours are required for admission into the program. Specifically, some of the courses should include statistics or research methods.
Do you require the GRE or any standardized tests for admission into the
No. There are no standardized tests required for admission into the program. If you have already taken the GRE, you may submit your score towards your application into the program.
What kind of careers does this degree qualify me for?
The Counseling Psychology degree and the LCPC allow you to work as a counselor in your own practice or in a variety of social service agencies. It does not qualify you to be a counselor in the K-12 schools.
Can I select an emphasis of the population that I’d like
to work with?
Yes, you may select an emphasis in Child and Adolescent Counseling or in Mental Health Counseling.
Can I take any portion of the degree online?
No, none of the courses are offered online.
At what campuses do you offer this degree?
The program is currently only offered at the Romeoville campus.
What format is the program offered?
The program is offered in a traditional, evening format. Classes meet one night per week (per course) in the Fall and Spring semesters. Classes meet two nights per week (per course) in the Summer.
Is there a cohort offered for the Counseling Psychology program?
No. The program is not offered in a cohort format.
Will I gain practical experience in this program?
Yes, you will earn as many as 700 practicum and internship hours combined. These hours will offer a hands-on opportunity in a counseling setting.
Can I take additional coursework in addition to the degree to earn Type
73 certification to be a School Guidance Counselor?
Yes, you may take additional coursework in the School Counseling program to work towards your Type 73 certification. If you choose to add this coursework in addition to the Counseling Psychology degree, you do not have to complete a full second master’s degree. You may take the additional coursework towards certification only. However, you will need to complete as many as 700 additional practicum and internship hours towards Type 73 certification. Those hours will be completed in a school setting and not in a social service setting. Your advisor will assist you with the additional requirements.
How many courses do students typically take per semester?
On average, graduate students take two courses per semester.
Is there a particular semester in which I would need to start the program?
No. You may start the program in Fall, Summer, or Spring semesters.
Is there an application deadline?
It is preferred that you apply at least one month prior to the semester in which you’d like to begin as long as there is space available in the program.
May I apply online to the program?
Yes. You may apply at www.lewisu.edu/apply