School Counseling Concentration

School counseling students seeking Professional Educator License with an endorsement in School Counseling in the State of 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 program policy. 

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


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 543Crisis Intervention and Trauma in Counseling3
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 16-10
Concentration Requirements
HDC 531Developmental School Counseling3
HDC 532Critical Issues & Considerations in School Counseling3
HDC 535Child and Adolescent Counseling3
One elective HDC course3
Total Hours61

Within a school/K-12 setting.

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, 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:


Required Courses
TEP 207Foundations of American Education3
Select one of the following3
Child and Adolescent Development for Teachers
Adolescent Development for Teachers
EDL 522Legal Rights of Teachers, Parents, and Students in Educational Settings4
TEP 315Classroom Community and Belonging3
Total Hours13