Post Master's School Counseling Certificate

ISBE Licensure

The Illinois State Board of Education has approved the School Counseling program to prepare candidates for the Professional Educator License (PEL) in School Counseling.

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 (PEL) in School Counseling.   

Delivery Format  

Governors State’s 27-credit hour certificate in School Counseling is offered fully on-campus.

Applications must be completed by February15 for fall admission session. School track applicants can only apply in the FALL semesters.  The number of admits may be affected by accreditation standards and requirements.


IMPORTANT!  Getting your application in early increases your chances of successfully proceeding through the application process and waiting until the deadline decreases your ability to submit any missing documents.  Therefore, it may might cause your application to be denied. Getting your application in early does not increase your admission chances; it does ensure accuracy.  COMPLETE means all required documents were submitted, essay questions answered, required transcripts have been received, and three (3) reference forms are included.

Criteria to be Considered for Admission  

  1. Show proof of completing a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in counseling or psychology
  2. Have a graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher; and
  3. Be interviewed by faculty members.

Personal Reference Forms (3) 

You must submit three references on the official personal reference form.  The personal reference forms should be completed by someone who can speak to your academic ability (faculty prefer these to come from instructors). Please contact the Graduate Academic Advisor if you are unable to get a reference from an instructor.  Letters of recommendation do not replace the official forms.

TOEFL Scores, if applicable

Applicants who submit credentials from countries other than the United States must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam and unrelated to residency status.  It is your responsibility to have the Educational Testing Service submit scores before the deadline.  Our Institutional Code is 1263.

Application Fee

The university requires a $50.00 application fee for all GSU graduate applications.

Application Process

STEP 1: 

Access the admission’s portal GSU Certificate Application and begin the application process. 

STEP 2: 

Read the information carefully and answer all the essay questions within the supplemental application.

STEP 3: 

Read, answer all the questions, and sign the Statement of Character.

STEP 4: 

Request official graduate transcripts. GSU official transcripts are not required!


Complete the information necessary to acquire three (3) Personal Reference Forms.  You will need the email address of all three individuals.  Once the form(s) is returned, they will be attached to your application.

STEP 6: 

Office of International Services Follow this link, and it will provide you with the necessary instructions to make sure your application is processed correctly.  This department also can provide any necessary support.   Need a copy of TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) results (if applicable).

STEP 7: 

Once you have completed the application, submitted all documents, and paid the fee, please send an email to Jeanetta G. Edwards - Graduate Academic Advisor assuring you received any updates or notifications regarding the process. 

  Required Certificate Courses
School Counseling Required Certificate Courses (27 Hours)
Total - minimum of 27 Hours

Certificate Requirements 

Students must meet all university requirements for a certificate. See the internship manual or materials for additional information.


Applications will be reviewed to determine if they will be offered a spot in the program.Admission to the program is determined by the program faculty. Program faculty reserves the right to request personal interviews with applicants. Admission decisions are final and cannot be appealed. Students must follow the sequence, program, college, and university requirements and policies.

 The review process takes about two weeks after the application deadline(s) for faculty to review and determine who they would like to interview.  Please be patient as you will be receiving correspondence from the Graduate Academic Advisor. 
 The Certificate is designed for those who already possess a master’s degree in Counseling or Psychology and now wish to pursue the Professional Educator License (PEL) with a school counseling endorsement (formerly the Type 73).The set of 27 hours meets the ISBE requirements for the school counseling endorsement. 
 Prior to receiving the university recommendation for the Educator License, students must provide evidence of having passed the School Counselor content area examination of the Illinois Licensure Testing System.
Student Progress 

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.

Conditional Continuation

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.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the Graduate Academic Advisor at (708) 534-4973.  

View the Complete Certificate Requirements in the Academic Catalog