SCHOOL COUNSELING%/MASTER OF ARTS
Total Credit Hours: 40
Graduate programs in school counseling have been designed for both certified teachers and non-certified professionals. Both program options have been developed according to new State of Illinois guidelines to meet the need for qualified counselors in school settings.
The objectives are the same for both programs. The goals are to:
A. Certified Teacher
The School Counseling program is designed for teachers who want to become certified as elementary or secondary school counselors. The program integrates sound counseling theory and research-based guidance practices and procedures to prepare candidates to work effectively in schools. This program is offered through the Psychology Department in conjunction with the College of Education. Students receive a Master of Arts in School Counseling which makes them eligible for the Type 73 School Counseling Specialist Certificate.
To be eligible for the Type 73 Certificate, the student must hold a valid Type 03, 09, or 10 Illinois teaching certificate, complete 40 semester hours of approved class work, and pass the School Service Personnel Guidance examination. The Illinois Basic Skills test also must be passed prior to admission. Candidates may be asked to submit to or secure a criminal background check as part of the admission process. Goals for the program follow the American School Counselorís Association recommendations.
B. Certified Teacher-Professional Counselor
This program is intended for students who have earned a bachelorís degree and are teacher certified. These students will earn a Master of Arts in School Counseling. Students will take the coursework required to meet the requirements for the Type 73 Certificate and additional coursework allowing them to sit for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) examination. (The LPC enables the school counselor to provide services in mental health outside the school in community settings.
For individuals who are not already teachers, there are two options:
Admission to the graduate program in psychology is based on academic and personal qualifications of the applicant. It is made without regard to race, color, religion, irrelevant handicap, age or gender.
Applicants for full admission must:
There are three enrollment categories for students in the program: full admission, provisional admission, and student-at-large. All students must present evidence of a baccalaureate degree awarded by a regionally accredited institution of higher education and a completed application that includes a personal statement of professional goals. Because this program is directed toward adults, it is expected that personal maturity and experience are prime indicators of success in the program.
In select cases, a student who does not meet the requirements for full admission may be granted provisional admission. Students may apply for full admission after resolving the admission deficiencies. The Illinois Basic Skills test also must be passed prior to admission. Candidates may be asked to submit to or secure a criminal background check as part of the admission process.
A student-at-large is not a degree candidate. However, should a student decide to apply for full admission status at a later time, but within five years of course completion, only three courses (nine semester hours) will be accepted for credit. At-large students are allowed to take a maximum of three courses with permission of the Program Director.
TRANSFER ADMISSION PROCEDURES
Students may apply up to 12 semester hours of graduate-level work from other regionally accredited institutions to their program of school counseling. A transfer student will follow the admission criteria described above (full and provisional). The following conditions apply to the acceptance of transfer credit.
TRANSFER OF CREDIT AFTER MATRICULATION
Students who are already matriculated at Lewis University and wish to transfer in a course must seek written approval from the chairperson or Program Director before the course is attempted. Only courses with a grade of B or better will be accepted. Students may transfer in up to 2 courses.
The student will be awarded the Master of Arts degree when he or she has:
GRADE POINT REQUIREMENT
Any student admitted to the Graduate Counseling program whose GPA falls below 3.0 will automatically be placed on academic probation. If the condition of probation extends beyond two courses, the student will be dropped from the degree program. Students may continue to take courses under special circumstances at the discretion of the Program Director.
Only grades attained in Lewis University graduate courses will be used in determining the GPA. No more than two courses in which a grade of C is earned will count toward degree requirements. A grade of D will not count toward degree or certification requirements. A 3.00 cumulative GPA is required for graduation.
COURSE FORMATS AND CREDIT
Courses are offered in the evening, and workshops are offered on weekends, each semester and summer. The normal load for a full-time graduate student is three courses, or nine semester hours. For those who are employed full time, the normal semester load is two courses, or six semester hours.
Because practicum and internship courses are rarely completed in an academic calendar, incomplete grades in 27-581 and 27-591 will not turn into the grade of ďIFĒ after the first six weeks of the following semester. Incomplete grades in all other coursework follows the policy explained in the General Information section of this catalog.
Students must complete all requirements within seven years from the time of completion of their first graduate course at Lewis University.
ENROLLMENT OF UNDERGRADUATES IN GRADUATE COURSES
Registration by undergraduates in graduate courses shall be limited to a maximum of two courses. The student must be within 16 credits of completing the bachelorís degree requirements, have at least a 3.0 grade point average, and have the approval of the School Counseling Graduate Director.
Credit earned in a graduate course may be considered as graduate credit, or as undergraduate credit to be counted in the number of credits required for the baccalaureate degree. Credit earned in a graduate course may not be counted toward more than one degree.
Registration for graduate courses will be included on the studentís undergraduate registration form. It should be understood that credit earned in graduate courses completed while the student was an undergraduate will not necessarily be applicable to a graduate degree at Lewis University.