Study Format

  • Chicago Cohorts

Program Length

  • 48 Credit Hours

Application Deadlines

Jan, 06

Domestic Students

Spring 2021 Completed file due | Classes start Jan. 11, 2021

Nov, 23

International Students

Spring 2021 Completed file due | Classes start Jan. 11, 2021


The aim of the School counseling program at Concordia University Chicago is to prepare school counselors who exhibit high standards of professional competence and ethical practice. Graduate students receive a high quality educational program that emphasizes Christian beliefs. The program also recognizes, values and encourages the development of skills and competencies that will be needed throughout the candidate’s career as a school counselor. The School Counseling program is carefully designed to prepare candidates for work as school counselors in elementary, middle, and high school settings. Specifically, the School Counseling program offers training in providing individual and group work as well as development and refinement of individual skills in both public and private schools. The program of study meets certification requirements of the State of Illinois. Upon completion of the program, candidates are eligible for the Illinois Professional Educator’s License: School Service Personnel Certificate K-12 (formerly Type 73) certification.

 The program is designed to enable candidates to:

  • Have a full understanding of the ASCA national model and its implementation in school counseling programs through developmental classroom leadership and responsive services, providing prevention and intervention services to the entire student population;

  • Demonstrate knowledge of and skills in individual and group counseling services for students in school settings;

  • Exhibit knowledge of and skills in consultation services for teachers, parents, and administrators and to coordinate counseling interventions with other professionals;

  • Assume a leadership role in the schools, focusing on the academic, career, and personal/social development of every student;

  • Coordinate testing and assessment in schools, analyzing disaggregated data to identify and advocate for underserved populations;

  • Establish clear and appropriate professional identities as school counselors.

Program Information

Courses (36 Hours)

Introduction to the Counseling Profession

Training, role and professional identity of counselors and other professions in the helping profession. Professional organizations, publications, certification and licensing. Roles and functions of counselors in various settings. Ethical and legal issues in counseling.

Counseling Theory and Practice

Individual, couple and systems theories of counseling/psychotherapy. Examination of the helping process, client and counselor characteristics that influence the process consistent with current professional research and practice in the field allowing the development of a personal model of counseling.

Counseling Interventions and Techniques

This course addresses the competencies, attitudes, and skills essential to developing the character and identity of a professional counselor. Foundational and advanced counseling skills and therapeutic interventions examined as they apply to the personal, social and academic realms. Counseling techniques from the major schools and orientations including crisis intervention, multicultural and ethical issues. This course will use role playing and videotaping to fortify burgeoning skills and interventions.

Counseling and Human Development

Students are provided with an understanding of the nature and needs of persons throughout the lifespan including developmental and multicultural domains. Counseling approaches and issues are discussed in relation to developmental stages. Resiliency factors and ethical issues are applied across the lifespan.

Ethics, Law and Morality for Counselors

Addresses the competencies, attitudes and skills essential to the developing character and identity of a professional counselor. This course is designed to give the student an understanding of ethics and applicable laws in the profession of counseling as well as allowing them to examine their own moral values. Prerequisite: Introduction to the Counseling Profession.

Multicultural Counseling

Assessment and therapeutic treatment of diverse populations with special emphasis on understanding of the cultural context of relationships, issues, and trends in a multicultural society. Emphasis on specific problems associated with age, race, disability, religious preferences, etc., and how these affect the counseling relationships.

School Counseling Program Development and Organization

Examination of the role and function of the school counselor in a comprehensive school counseling program. Emphasis on developmental counseling and the components of an effective developmental school counseling program. Discussion of school counseling, historical roots, present and future trends. Role of counseling in total education program.

Counseling and Consulting in Schools

Counseling and consulting strategies used by counselors in the school setting for academic, career and personal/social issues. Examination of specific problems of children and adolescents.

Evaluation and Research for Counselors

Introduces students to the importance of research methods and program evaluation in advancing the counseling profession. Identifying and reading research, critically evaluating results, analyzing and using data to enhance program quality.

Group Work in Schools

Will provide an understanding, both theoretical and experiential, of school counseling groups for grades K‐12. The purpose, development, dynamics, theories, methods, skills, ethics and other group approaches in a multicultural society will be covered. Students will experience and participate as group members in small group activities. Prerequisite: Counseling Theory and Practice and Counseling Techniques and Interventions.

Fundamentals of Assessment

Historical, current and expected uses of testing and assessment procedures in educational settings. Statistical concepts, ethics and ethical factors in the appropriate use of various assessment techniques and tools with emphasis on benefits and limitations.

Career Counseling for School Counselors

This course addresses grades K-12 career counseling in the schools.  Career education viewed through the world of work, career theories, related life processes and development of programs and interventions to promote the career development of all students. Prerequisite: Introduction to the Counseling Profession.

Elective (3 hours)

Electives are available on a semester basis. Choose one 6000-level course from CED in consultation with your GPS Advisor to coordinate the elective registration.

Clinical Experience (9 hours)

Practicum: School Counseling (3 hours)

On-site and campus-based experiences in school counseling designed to introduce the student to the various functions of school counseling. Students should consult the School Counseling Practicum and Internship manual for additional information and requirements. Prerequisite: Completion of all course work. 

CED‐6926/6927 Internship: School Counseling I & II (6 hours)

This is a two semester clinical school internship that meets the requirement for the Illinois State

Board of Education (ISBE), School Counselor endorsement, and the CUC capstone requirement for classroom teachers with two years of teaching experience. Supervised individual and group work experiences in P‐12 and clinical settings appropriate to the program are required for 200 internship hours per semester (total 400 for the year). A classroom seminar component meeting is also required. Prerequisite: admission to this course is based on Division of Human Services approval of 2 year teaching experience. In addition, it is required that all program course work and successful completion of CED 6920 Practicum. This internship is not intended for candidates seeking the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) which requires 600 internship hours.

CED‐6928/6929 Internship: School Counseling I &II (6 hours)

This is a two semester clinical school internship that meets the requirement for the Illinois State

Board of Education (ISBE), School Counselor endorsement, and the CUC capstone requirement for candidates without a standard teaching certificate in the State of Illinois and candidates with a standard teaching certificate in the State of Illinois seeking the additional LPC licensure.

Supervised individual and group work experiences in P‐12 and clinical settings appropriate to the program are required for 300 internship hours per semester (total 600 for the year). A classroom seminar component meeting is also required. Pre‐requisite: completion of all program course work and successful completion of CED‐6920 Practicum. Candidates without a standard teaching certificate in the State of Illinois are required to complete the following three track two courses prior to starting this Internship: Psychology and Methods of Teaching the Exceptional Learner, Affective Education, and Psychological Theories and Educational Processes. 

Capstone Experience

All students in Concordia’s school counseling program will complete a Counseling Intervention Project (CIP) for the capstone requirement. The goal of the CIP is to develop a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program using the ASCA model and its national standards as a framework under the supervision of the on-site supervisor and university supervisor. During the practicum portion of the program, students will begin construction a comprehensive developmental program that may be implemented and increase the success rates of the student’s they are assisting in multiple domains. Importantly, the CIP will be a program in which graduating school counselors may use in their future career as a school counselor.

Track One: Program requirements for individuals possessing a valid Illinois Educator’s License (PEL)

  • Prerequisite of 12 earned credits in psychology and/or sociology (C or better)
  • Must hold a standard educator’s license (PEL)
  • Completion of the School Counseling program coursework
  • Completion the Master’s Capstone Experience 

Track Two: Program Requirements for individuals without a valid Illinois Educator’s License (PEL)

  • Prerequisite of 12 earned credits in psychology and/or sociology (C or better)
  • Completion of the School Counseling program coursework
  • Completion of the Master’s Capstone Experience
  • Completion of the following three courses with demonstrated competencies. These courses are required, in addition to the 48 hour portion of the program, and must be completed before taking practicum and/or internship:
    • EDU-6425 Psychology and Methods of Teaching the Exceptional Learner
    • PSY-4430 Affective Education
  • PSY-6505 Psychological Theories and Educational Processes

School sites that have provided clinical experiences for our school counselors have been at more than 150 locations. Following is a listing of participating schools in IllinoisIndiana and Wisconsin, as well as an alphabetical listing by school name.

 

Illinois

Addison

  • Addison Trail High School
  • Indian Trail High School
  • Arlington Heights
  • John Hersey High School
  • Saint Viator High School

Aurora

  • Waubonsie Valley High School

Barrington

  • Barrington Middle School, Prairie Campus
  • Barrington Middle School, Station Campus

Bensenville

  • Fenton High School

Berwyn

  • Irving Elementary School
  • J. Sterling Morton West High School

Blue Island

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower High School

Bolingbrook

  • Bolingbrook High School
  • Brooks Middle School

Bradley

  • Bradley Bourbonnais Community High School

Buffalo Grove

  • Buffalo Grove High School
  • Kildeer Countryside School

Calumet City

  • Thorton Fractional North High School

Carol Stream

  • Glenbard North High School

Chicago Heights

  • Bloom Trail High School
  • Marian Catholic High School
  • Speed Independence High School
  • Speed Special Education Joint Agreement School District #802
  • Washington-McKinley School

Chicago

  • Ana Roqué de Duprey Elementary School
  • Brighton Park Elementary School
  • Calmeca Acadmey of Fine Arts and Dual Language
  • César E. Chávez Mutlicultural Academic Center
  • Charles N. Holden Elementary School
  • Chicago Academy Elementary School
  • Chicago Discovery Academy High School
  • CICS Ralph Ellison School
  • Corliss High School
  • Curie Metro High School
  • Daley Elementary Academy
  • Drummond Montessori Magnet School
  • Dumas Technology Academy
  • Edwin G. Foreman High School
  • Fort Dearborn Elementary School
  • Foster Park Elementary School
  • Frank L. Gillespie Elementary School
  • George Manierre Elementary School
  • Granville T. Woods Math and Science Community Academy
  • Harlan Community Academy
  • Healy Elementary School
  • Henry H. Nash Elementary School
  • Hirsch Metro High School of Communications
  • Holmes Elementary School
  • Howe School of Excellence
  • Jacob Beidler Elementary School
  • James H. Bowen High School
  • John F. Kennedy High School
  • John Hancock High School
  • John Marshall Metro High School
  • John W. Cook Elementary School
  • Kelvyn Park High School
  • Kenwood Academy
  • Lane Technical High School
  • LEARN Charter School
  • Lincoln Park High School
  • Lindblom Math and Science Academy
  • Marine Math and Science Academy
  • Mather High School
  • Mildrid I. Lavizzo Elementary School
  • Namaste Charter School
  • Nicholas Senn High School
  • North Grand High School
  • Notre Dame High School for Girls
  • Ogden International High School
  • Pasteur Elementary School
  • Saint Ignatius College Prep
  • Schurz High School
  • Shields Elementary School
  • Simeon Career Academy
  • St. Benedict Preparatory High School
  • St. Ferdinand Parish School
  • Ted Lenart Regional Gifted Center
  • The Nettelhorst School
  • Theodore Roosevelt High School
  • Thomas Kelly High School
  • Tilton Elementary School
  • Uplift Community High School
  • West Park Academy
  • Whitney M. Young Magnet High School
  • William E. Dever School

Cicero

  • Cicero East Elementary School
  • J. Sterling Morton East High School
  • Liberty School

Clarendon Hills

  • Walker Elementary School

Crystal Lake

  • Crystal Lake South High School

Darien

  • Cass School District #63

Des Plaines

  • Maine West High School

Dolton

  • Thornridge High School 

Downers Grove

  • Downers Grove South High School

Elk Grove Village

  • Elk Grove High School
  • Salt Creek Elementary School

Elmhurst

  • Bryan Middle School
  • Sandburg Middle School
  • York High School

Flossmoor

  • Homewood Flossmoor High School

Forest Park

  • Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy

Glen Ellyn

  • Glenbard South High School

Glendale Heights

  • Glenside Middle School

Glenview

  • Attea Middle School
  • Glenbrook Evening High School
  • Henking Elementary School

Gurnee

  • Warren Township High School

Harvey

  • Harvey School District 152
  • Thorton Township High School

Hazel Crest

  • Mae Jemison Elementary School

Highland Park

  • Highland Park High School

Hillside

  • Proviso West High School

Lake Forest

  • Deer Path Middle School

Lansing

  • Thorton Fractional South High School

Lombard

  • Glenbard East High School

Lyons

  • George Washington Middle School

Matteson

  • Colin Powell Middle School

Maywood

  • Proviso East High School

McHenry

  • McHenry East High School

Medinah

  • Medinah Primary School

Melrose Park

  • Walther Lutheran High School

Midlothian

  • Delta Academy

Minooka

  • Minooka Junior High School

Mundelein

  • Carmel Catholic High School
  • Mundelein High School

Naperville

  • Nequa Valley High School
  • Washington Jr. High School

Northbrook

  • Glenbrook North High School

Oak Lawn

  • Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School
  • Pride Alternative School
  • Oak Park River Forest High School

Orland Park

  • Carl Sandburg High School

Oswego

  • Oswego High School
  • Traughber Jr. High School

Palos Heights

  • Alan B. Shepard High School
  • Amos Alonzo Stagg High School

Plainfield

  • Plainfield High School

Rockford

  • Auburn High School

Rolling Meadows

  • Rolling Meadows High School

Roselle

  • Lake Park High School
  • Waterbury Elementary School

Round Lake

  • Round Lake High School

Skokie

  • Niles North High School
  • Niles West High School
  • Oliver McCracken Middle School

South Holland

  • Thornwood High School

Streamwood

  • Streamwood High School

Summit

  • Argo Community High School

Villa Park

  • Willowbrook High School

Wauconda

  • Wauconda High School

Waukegan

  • St. Martin de Porres High School

Western Springs

  • Lyons Township High School South

Westmont

  • Westmont High School

Wheeling

  • Wheeling High School

Woodstock

  • Woodstock High School

Zion

  • Zion Benton Township High School

 

Indiana

Hammond

  • Bishop Noll Institute

Schereville

  • Campagna Academy

 

Wisconsin

Waukesha

  • Waukesha South High School

 

All Schools in Alphabetical Order

  • Addison Trail High School (Addison, IL )
  • Alan B. Shepard High School (Palos Heights, IL )
  • Amos Alonzo Stagg High School (Palos Heights, IL )
  • Ana Roqué de Duprey Elementary School (Chicago, IL)
  • Argo Community High School (Summit, IL )
  • Attea Middle School (Glenview, IL )
  • Auburn High School (Rockford, IL )
  • Barrington Middle School, Prairie Campus (Barrington, IL )
  • Barrington Middle School, Station Campus (Barrington, IL )
  • Bishop Noll Institute (Hammond, IN )
  • Bloom Trail High School (Chicago Heights, IL )
  • Bolingbrook High School (Bolingbrook, IL )
  • Bradley Bourbonnais Community High School (Bradley, IL )
  • Brighton Park Elementary School (Chicago, IL )
  • Brooks Middle School (Bolingbrook, IL )
  • Bryan Middle School (Elmhurst, IL)
  • Buffalo Grove High School (Buffalo Grove, IL )
  • Calmeca Acadmey of Fine Arts and Dual Language (Chicago, IL )
  • Campagna Academy (Schereville, IN)
  • Carl Sandburg High School (Orland Park, IL )
  • Carmel Catholic High School (Mundelein, IL )
  • Cass School District #63 (Darien, IL)
  • César E. Chávez Mutlicultural Academic Center (Chicago, IL)
  • Charles N. Holden Elementary School (Chicago, IL )
  • Chicago Academy Elementary School (Chicago, IL )
  • Chicago Discovery Academy High School (Chicago, IL )
  • Cicero East Elementary School (Cicero, IL )
  • CICS Ralph Ellison School (Chicago, IL)
  • Colin Powell Middle School (Matteson, IL)
  • Corliss High School (Chicago, IL )
  • Crystal Lake South High School (Crystal Lake, IL )
  • Curie Metro High School (Chicago, IL )
  • Daley Elementary Academy (Chicago, IL )
  • Deer Path Middle School (Lake Forest, IL )
  • Delta Academy (Midlothian, IL )
  • Downers Grove South High School (Downers Grove, IL )
  • Drummond Montessori Magnet School (Chicago, IL )
  • Dumas Technology Academy (Chicago, IL )
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower High School (Blue Island, IL )
  • Edwin G. Foreman High School (Chicago, IL )
  • Elk Grove High School (Elk Grove Village, IL )
  • Fenton High School (Bensenville, IL )
  • Fort Dearborn Elementary School (Chicago, IL)
  • Foster Park Elementary School (Chicago, IL )
  • Frank L. Gillespie Elementary School (Chicago, IL )
  • George Manierre Elementary School (Chicago, IL )
  • George Washington Middle School (Lyons, IL )
  • Glenbard East High School (Lombard, IL )
  • Glenbard North High School (Carol Stream, IL )
  • Glenbard South High School (Glen Ellyn, IL )
  • Glenbrook Evening High School (Glenview, IL )
  • Glenbrook North High School (Northbrook, IL )
  • Glenside Middle School (Glendale Heights, IL)
  • Granville T. Woods Math and Science Community Academy (Chicago, IL )
  • Harlan Community Academy (Chicago, IL)
  • Harvey School District 152 (Harvey, IL )
  • Healy Elementary School (Chicago, IL )
  • Henking Elementary School (Glenview, IL )
  • Henry H. Nash Elementary School (Chicago, IL )
  • Highland Park High School (Highland Park, IL )
  • Hirsch Metro High School of Communications (Chicago, IL)
  • Holmes Elementary School (Chicago, IL )
  • Homewood Flossmoor High School (Flossmoor, IL)
  • Howe School of Excellence (Chicago, IL )
  • Indian Trail High School (Addison, IL )
  • Irving Elementary School (Berwyn, IL )
  • J. Sterling Morton East High School (Cicero, IL )
  • J. Sterling Morton West High School (Berwyn, IL )
  • Jacob Beidler Elementary School (Chicago, IL )
  • James H. Bowen High School (Chicago, IL )
  • John F. Kennedy High School (Chicago, IL)
  • John Hancock High School (Chicago, IL )
  • John Hersey High School (Arlington Heights, IL )
  • John Marshall Metro High School (Chicago, IL )
  • John W. Cook Elementary School (Chicago, IL )
  • Kelvyn Park High School (Chicago, IL)
  • Kenwood Academy (Chicago, IL )
  • Kildeer Countryside School (Buffalo Grove, IL )
  • Lake Park High School (Roselle, IL)
  • Lane Technical High School (Chicago, IL)
  • LEARN Charter School (Chicago, IL )
  • Liberty School (Cicero, IL )
  • Lincoln Park High School (Chicago, IL )
  • Lindblom Math and Science Academy (Chicago, IL )
  • Lyons Township High School South (Western Springs, IL )
  • Mae Jemison Elementary School (Hazel Crest, IL )
  • Maine West High School (Des Plaines, IL )
  • Marian Catholic High School (Chicago Heights, IL )
  • Marine Math and Science Academy (Chicago, IL)
  • Mather High School (Chicago, IL )
  • McHenry East High School (McHenry, IL )
  • Medinah Primary School (Medinah, IL )
  • Mildrid I. Lavizzo Elementary School (Chicago, IL)
  • Minooka Junior High School (Minooka, IL)
  • Mundelein High School (Mundelein, IL )
  • Namaste Charter School (Chicago, IL)
  • Nequa Valley High School (Naperville, IL )
  • Nicholas Senn High School (Chicago, IL)
  • Niles North High School (Skokie, IL )
  • Niles West High School (Skokie, IL )
  • North Grand High School (Chicago, IL )
  • Notre Dame High School for Girls (Chicago, IL )
  • Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School (Oak Lawn, IL )
  • Oak Park River Forest High School (Oak Park, IL)
  • Ogden International High School (Chicago, IL)
  • Oliver McCracken Middle School (Skokie, IL )
  • Oswego High School (Oswego, IL)
  • Pasteur Elementary School (Chicago, IL )
  • Plainfield High School (Plainfield, IL )
  • Pride Alternative School (Oak Lawn, IL )
  • Proviso East High School (Maywood, IL )
  • Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy (Forest Park, IL )
  • Proviso West High School (Hillside, IL )
  • Rolling Meadows High School (Rolling Meadows, IL )
  • Round Lake High School (Round Lake, IL )
  • Saint Ignatius College Prep (Chicago, IL)
  • Saint Viator High School (Arlington Heights, IL )
  • Salt Creek Elementary School (Elk Grove Village, IL )
  • Sandburg Middle School (Elmhurst, IL)
  • Schurz High School (Chicago, IL)
  • Shields Elementary School (Chicago, IL )
  • Simeon Career Academy (Chicago, IL )
  • Speed Independence High School (Chicago Heights, IL )
  • Speed Special Education Joint Agreement School District #802 (Chicago Heights, IL )
  • St. Benedict Preparatory High School (Chicago, IL )
  • St. Ferdinand Parish School (Chicago, IL )
  • St. Martin de Porres High School (Waukegan, IL )
  • Streamwood High School (Streamwood, IL)
  • Ted Lenart Regional Gifted Center (Chicago, IL )
  • The Nettelhorst School (Chicago, IL)
  • Theodore Roosevelt High School ( Chicago, IL )
  • Thomas Kelly High School (Chicago, IL)
  • Thornridge High School (Dolton, IL)
  • Thornwood High School (South Holland, IL)
  • Thorton Fractional North High School (Calumet City, IL )
  • Thorton Fractional South High School (Lansing, IL)
  • Thorton Township High School (Harvey, IL )
  • Tilton Elementary School (Chicago, IL )
  • Traughber Jr. High School (Oswego, IL)
  • Uplift Community High School (Chicago, IL )
  • Walker Elementary School (Clarendon Hills, IL )
  • Walther Lutheran High School (Melrose Park, IL )
  • Warren Township High School (Gurnee, IL )
  • Washington Jr. High School (Naperville, IL )
  • Washington-McKinley School (Chicago Heights, IL )
  • Waterbury Elementary School (Roselle, IL)
  • Waubonsie Valley High School (Aurora, IL )
  • Wauconda High School (Wauconda, IL )
  • Waukesha South High School (Waukesha, WI)
  • West Park Academy (Chicago, IL )
  • Westmont High School (Westmont, IL )
  • Wheeling High School (Wheeling, IL)
  • Whitney M. Young Magnet High School (Chicago, IL )
  • William E. Dever School (Chicago, IL)
  • Willowbrook High School (Villa Park, IL )
  • Woodstock High School (Woodstock, IL )
  • York High School (Elmhurst, IL)
  • Zion Benton Township High School (Zion, IL )

Seminar in Higher Education (EDU 6015)

In addition to the base program curriculum, international students attending face-to-face classes on the CUC campus are required to take the Seminar in Higher Education, a 3-credit course.

Course Description

This course will serve as an introduction to the U.S.-based higher education learning environment. Students will work to understand Concordia University Chicago’s academic conventions, technological systems and communication culture while developing English grammar, reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

The Seminar in Higher Education is an excellent opportunity for students to further develop critical skills to help them to be successful in their academic program. This 3-credit course is mandatory for international students attending face-to-face classes on the CUC campus. 

Course Objectives

  • Developing knowledge about local and academic culture
  • Building grammar, reading, writing, speaking and listening skills
  • Conducting graduate-level research with the use of electronic and library resources
  • Developing note-taking strategies for coursework
  • Reflecting on the U.S.-based education system

Academic support for work in students’ current coursework will also be provided during or after class. Guest speakers include representatives from the campus library, writing center and technology services.

Student feedback for the Seminar in Higher Education

  • After taking the Seminar, I have the ability to perform more professionally in my assignments.

  • The instructor was very dynamic and a good listener. He gave feedback and made sure all the students understood.

  • The hands-on activities after the lessons helped my learning experience.

  • The professor truly cares for the students. He helps students individually and encourages us to support our peers.


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