The masters of arts in counseling program is designed to prepare professional counselors to work in a variety of employment settings, including community agencies, schools, crisis centers, residential facilities, hospitals, rehabilitation centers and private practices. Graduates of the counseling program learn to counsel individuals, families and groups on concerns in social, educational, psychological, career and life-planning domains. Assessment, treatment, prevention, consultation and wellness are important aspects of counselor education and training.
Consistent with the School of Education's mission, scholarship, professionalism and social responsibility, as well as respect for cultural and linguistic diversity, are integral to the preparation of candidates for the counseling profession. Field experience includes a 100-hour practicum and a 600-hour internship.
The master's of arts in counseling offers three programs: community counseling, school counseling and a newly designed 60-credit program in school and community mental health counseling.
A cohort program in counseling is available at the Chicago and Orland Park campus.
Students are required to complete a practicum (100 hours in an approved field placement). An intensive 600-hour internship is required of the student for program completion. Practicum and internship sites must be approved by the coordinator of clinical experiences. Supervision is provided at practicum and internship sites and through qualified on-campus supervisors.
All coursework must be completed within five years of admission. A cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0 must be maintained; a grade of D is not acceptable toward satisfying degree or certification requirements.
A maximum of 6 credit hours of graduate credit completed at another university prior to admission to Saint Xavier University may be submitted for evaluation. If approved, these credits may be applied to the counseling program.