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School Counseling

Northeastern Illinois University

24 months
865 USD/credit 25950 USD/year
865 USD/credit 25950 USD/year
432 USD/credit 12960 USD/year
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The School Counseling program of the Northeastern Illinois University is offered through the Department of Counselor Education, fulfills the educational requirements for the Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) with School Counselor Endorsement.


Program Benefits

The Department of Counselor Education is housed within the Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education. The College offers flexible day, evening and weekend classes. The Department offers flexible evening classes.

Students in Counselor Education receive personalized attention from skilled professors in small class sizes, and gain valuable connections in the school and counseling fields at local, national and international levels.

Northeastern offers an affordable tuition and convenient urban locations accessible by car or public transportation.

Career Options

The School Counseling program of the Northeastern Illinois University prepares students for employment in settings at:

  • elementary school
  • middle school
  • high school

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Professional Orientation & Legal/Ethical Practices
  • Developmental Counseling
  • Theories Of Counseling
  • Assessment And Evaluation In Counseling
  • Individual Counseling Skills
  • Group Counseling

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application for Admission to Graduate Programs - use the online application
  • $30 application fee
  • Counselor Education application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended OR transcripts sent electronically to Northeastern Illinois University through Parchment or E-Script
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Current resume
  • A two-page essay, typed and double-spaced. The essay can be substituted for the Statement of Goals on the Graduate College application
  • Mandatory attendance at the Pre-admission Workshop (PAW)
  • Copy of current Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) (ONLY for applicants to School Counseling who hold the PEL)
  • Evidence of taking the state and federal Fingerprint Background Check (ONLY for applicants to School Counseling who do not hold a PEL)
  • Optional: GRE (Graduate Record Exam) scores may be submitted by applicants with a lower GPA and/or as one measure in support of exceptionality.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25950 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 865 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    25950 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 865 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    12960 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 432 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Chicago

1297 - 2491 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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