Master of Arts (M.a.)

School Counseling

with K-12 Counseling Endorsement

Blended 48 credits * 3 years

Affordable Tuition


*if using financial aid

How to Pay

Program Highlights & Benefits

Classes meet one night a week, same night for the entire program

3 year or less completion time, including holiday breaks

One course completed every 8 weeks

Transfer credits considered

Program Overview

The School Counseling Program is designed to prepare graduates who are competent to work as school counselors in elementary, middle school and high school settings. The program of study meets all licensure/endorsement requirements of the State of Illinois. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to apply for a PEL/Endorsement as a school counselor in Illinois.

Program Objectives

  • Understand the school environment and be able to structure programs to meet the needs of students, the school and community
  • Develop a multicultural perspective and be able to demonstrate appropriate counseling and consulting skill when working with diverse groups of people
  • Establish a professional identity and become actively involved in the counseling and school counseling profession
  • Clarify the role of school counselor and counseling programs in relation to other roles and services in the educational setting

Areas of Study

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 
CED 6000Introduction to the Counseling Profession
CED 6010Counseling Theory and Practice
CED 6220Counseling and Consulting Schools
CED 6045Ethics, Law and Morality for Counselors
CED 6015Counseling Techniques and Interventions
CED 6035Counseling and Human Development
CED 6055Multicultural Counseling
CED 6250Fundamentals of Assessment
CED 6210School Counseling Program Development and Organization
CED 6240Group Work in Schools
CED 6260Career Counseling for School Counselors
CED 6230Evaluation and Research for Counselors
CED 6920Practicum: School Counseling
CED 6926/6927Internship: School Counseling, OR: 
CED 6928/6929Internship: School Counseling

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:
    • SPED-6425 Psychology and Methods of Teaching the Exceptional Learner
    • PSY-4430 Affective Education
    • PSY-6505 Psychological Theories and Educational Processes
Master's Capstone Experience

All students in Concordia’s school counseling program will complete a written portfolio. A portfolio is a collection of work that demonstrates growth toward, and understanding of professional standards. During the practicum portion of the program, students will construct a comprehensive developmental program that could be implemented and will increase student’s success in multiple domains. The portfolio developed should be something which students can use in their future career as a school counselor.

NOTE: This is only an introduction of the program. You are responsible to review the Graduate Catalog for program details.