School Counseling Concentration

School counseling students seeking licensure as a school counselor in Illinois must successfully complete the ISBE-approved HDC master’s degree in school counseling in order to receive the department’s endorsement. Additionally, students must present passing scores on the Test of Academic Proficiency (or equivalent) and the School Counselor Content Test (i.e., Test #181) as per department policy. 

The School Counseling concentration within the HDC department includes four additional HDC courses (12 credit hours) beyond the core curriculum of 49 credit hours for a total of 61 required credit hours. 

Core Curriculum
HDC 501Fundamental Issues and Ethics in Counseling3
HDC 511Theories of Counseling3
HDC 512Prepracticum3
HDC 513Group Counseling3
HDC 515Multicultural Counseling3
HDC 521Developmental Counseling3
HDC 524Career/Lifestyle Counseling3
HDC 525Alcoholism and Substance Abuse3
HDC 533Family Dynamics3
HDC 543Consultation and Crisis Intervention3
HDC 546Psychopathology and the DSM3
HDC 575Appraisal Techniques in Counseling3
HDC 577Research Methods3
HDC 585Comprehensive Examination Registration1
HDC 587Professional Experience: Practicum3
HDC 590Professional Experience: Internship 11-6
Concentration Requirements
HDC 531Developmental School Counseling3
HDC 535Child and Adolescent Counseling3
Two elective HDC courses 26
Total Hours61

 Within a school/K-12 setting.


Elective courses will be HDC courses selected in consultation with the student’s academic advisor, and will be courses that do not count toward the core or closure curriculum requirements. 

In addition to required HDC course work, an applicant seeking initial school counselor licensure must complete a course in mental hygiene and/or personality dynamics (this can be met by the abnormal psychology prerequisite), a practicum in a school setting, and a 600-hour internship in a school setting. Students who wish to pursue this course of study should contact the school counseling concentration coordinator immediately upon acceptance into the program.

For students without a valid state of Illinois teaching license, the following four additional courses (or equivalent courses) are required to obtain the HDC department’s endorsement:

TEP 207Foundations of American Education3
Select one of the following:3-4
Child Development for Teachers
Adolescent Development for Teachers
Adolescent Dev and Learn
EDL 575Legal Aspects of Special Education2
TEP 315Managing the Diverse Classroom3
Total Hours11-12