School Counselor Certification
This certificate is designed for those who already possess a master’s degree in Counseling or Psychology and now wish to pursue licensure in School Counseling (Professional Educator License-Endorsed in School Counseling). This set of a minimum of 24 hours meets the ISBE requirements for the Professional Educator License-Endorsed in School Counseling.
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The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has approved the School Counseling program to prepare candidates for the Professional Educator License-Endorsed in School Counseling. Candidates seeking to be recommended for this credential shall either (1) hold or be qualified to hold a teaching certificate from a regionally accredited institution, or (2) have completed the GSU or equivalent teaching competence courses (i.e. EDAD 7801, COUN 7620, COUN 6622 and SPED 6101).
All School Counseling students must provide evidence of successful completion of the Test of Academic Proficiency [formerly the Illinois Basic Skills Test] or the ACT (with a score of 22, including the writing portion) prior to admission to the program. All School Counseling students must present evidence of passing the ISBE School Counselor Proficiency Test before they will be recommended for the Professional Educator License-Endorsed in School Counseling.
The faculty monitor and evaluate student progress continuously. The Counseling Department Faculty and Student Handbook provides a specific description of the standards used to evaluate student progress.
The faculty may permit a student to progress conditionally. In such cases, faculty review of the applicant’s record and performance identifies evidence that the student is likely to be successful in the program. The status of all students permitted to progress conditionally is reviewed by the faculty each semester, and students are informed in writing of the conditions necessary for them to be transferred to good standing status. When conditions are met, the student is transferred to good standing status. Students may not be admitted to the culminating project without achieving good standing status.
Students must meet all university requirements for a certificate. See the internship manual or materials for additional information.
In addition, candidates must complete all relevant requirements in the Teacher Education and License section of the University Catalog.
A 600-hour internship is required for all counseling students.
Prior to receiving the university recommendation for the Professional Educator License-Endorsed in School Counseling, students must provide evidence of having passed the School Counselor content area examination of the Illinois License Testing System.
I. Required Preparation/Prerequisite Courses (30 Hours)
Counseling Course Prerequisites
Teacher Competency Prerequisites
COUN7620 Life Span Development Issues (3)*
COUN6622 Applied Learning Theory for School Personnel (3)*
EDAD 7801 Organizational Leadership (3)*
SPED6101 Survey of Students with Exceptionalities (3)*
*or equivalent courses
II. School Counseling (24 Hours)
Required Certificate Courses
COUN6638 Introduction to School Counseling (3)
COUN8844 Practicum School Counseling (K-12) (3)
COUN8851 Consultation and School Staff Development (3)
COUN8852 College Career Coaching Academy (3)
COUN8853 Parent Education: Prevention and Intervention (3)
COUN8858 Development of School Counseling Programs (3)
COUN8868 Counseling Internship I: School Counseling (3)
COUN8869 Counseling Internship II: School Counseling (3)
Total – minimum of 24 hours