Western Illinois University

Master On Campus
12 months
13830 USD/year
13830 USD/year
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The mission of Western Illinois University's Department of Counseling Education is to prepare a socially responsible, diverse student, faculty and staff population to lead in the global society.  



  • School Counseling
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Program Overview

The Counseling curriculum emphasizes applied and conceptual skills; affirms diversity of values, ideas, and persons; and promotes educational excellence and ethical commitment.  Faculty provide a challenging and supportive environment that encourages personal growth and development.  The Department is committed to recruiting and selecting students that are representative of our varied and pluralistic society.

Possible Careers

The School Counseling Program prepares students for work as elementary and/or secondary school counselors in both public and private school settings.  The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program prepares students for work in a variety of clinical settings, including mental health center, rehabilitation hospitals, recovery centers, private practice, university counseling centers, and employee assistance programs.

Why Choose Counselor Education at Western Illinois University?

  • Counselor Education may be for you if you value serving others, enjoy working with others and being part of a team, have a sense of empathy, are kind, generous, warm, and friendly, and are a good listener.
  • We offer a unique blend of courses designed to provide the skills and knowledge necessary to become a competent counseling professional. Emphasis is on solid academic performance and experiential mastery.
  • The Counseling Programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).  The School Counseling option is also accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Pre-Practicum in Counseling
  • Research and Program Evaluation 
  • Practicum: School Counseling
  • School Counseling Internship I 
  • Diagnosis 
  • Pre-Practicum in Counseling
  • Crisis and Trauma Counseling 
  • Marriage, Family, and Relationship Counseling 
  • Lifestyles and Career Development 
  • Techniques of Counseling 
  • Group Counseling: Theories and Procedures 
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship I

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • National students - rolling admission




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants for admission to the School of Graduate Studies must hold a bachelor's degree from an institution that is accredited by the appropriate U.S. Department of Education regional institutional accrediting agency. 
  • Applicants usually apply for admission to a degree program simultaneously with admission to the School of Graduate Studies. 
  • If the applicant meets the minimum admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies, a copy of the application materials is forwarded to the program of interest for consideration.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13830 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13830 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    13830 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13830 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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