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Counselor EducationNortheastern Illinois University

Counselor Education

Rehabilitation Counselors

Rehabilitation CounselorsUtilize counseling skills to facilitate clients maximum functioning and quality of life in their environments of choice, including work.Assist children and adults with disabilities, their families, those in their communities and employers, in achieving optimum and productive relationships. Social advocacy is a key component of the field. For more, watch learn more about the importance of the CRC, see,


AccreditationCouncil for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)Clinical Mental Health Counseling (60 Hours)Family Counseling (60 Hours)School Counseling (48 Hours) with Professional Educator License School Counseling (57 Hours) without Professional Educator LicenseCouncil on Rehabilitation Education (CORE)Rehabilitation Counseling (48 hours)


CACREP AccreditationThe Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Northeastern Illinois University is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The accreditation runs through July, 2016. (Note: The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is currently accredited under the 2001 standards for Community Counseling programs as a Community Counseling program. The CACREP 2009 standards combine the Community Counseling and Mental Health Counseling standards into standards for Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs. The counseling program intends to seek accreditation for this program as a Clinical Mental Health Counseling program when it comes up for reaccreditation, per CACREP guidelines.)


Benefits of Attending CACREP & CORE Accredited ProgramsRecognition that our programs have been evaluated and meet or exceed professional national standards.Knowledge the graduate has met prerequisites for credentialing and is ready for entry into professional practice.Automatically qualified to take NCE exam without evaluation of completed transcript.Can sit for the NCE before graduating from NEIU.All four degree programs meet educational requirements for State Licensure (LPC and LCPC) without audit.


AdvantagesCertified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC)National CertificationEstablishes minimum level of knowledge and continuous upgrading of skillsProvides a review process of published standards of practiceProvides employers and clients with a recognizable point of differenceIs required by many state agenciesCan lead to faster career and salary advancement.Illinois Licensure by application (LPC Licensed Professional Counselor)Thus hold both national certification and Illinois license (first level)


Clinical Mental HealthSchool CounselingFamily Counseling

Rehabilitation Counseling

Rehabilitation Counseling Program at NortheasternScholarshipsRehabilitation CounselingThe Department of Counselor Education at Northeastern Illinois University has been awarded a five-year grant from the U. S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, totaling approximately $950,000. The purpose is to provide training leading to a masters degree in rehabilitation counseling addressing a number of key national concerns, including the shortage of rehabilitation counselors with master's degrees.


CurriculumRehabilitation Counseling Curriculum 48 Hours(All courses are 3 credit hour graduate courses)COUN 402 Developmental CounselingCOUN 430 Social & Cultural Diversity in CounselingCOUN 403 Theories of CounselingCOUN 433 Foundations of Rehabilitation CounselingCOUN 404 Evaluation and AssessmentCOUN 434 Medical & Psychosocial Aspects of DisabilityCOUN 405 Individual Counseling SkillsCOUN 435 Work and DisabilityCOUN 406 Group CounselingCOUN 436 Case Management for Rehab CounselorsCOUN 408 Research SeminarCOUN 446 Practicum in Rehabilitation CounselingCOUN 409 Career Development COUN 463 Internship I: Rehabilitation CounselingCOUN 427 Diagnostic Systems for CounselingCOUN 473 Internship II: Rehabilitation Counseling


Anticipated Progression Through Masters Program

Anticipated Distribution of Scholarship Monies

RSA Payback for RSA ScholarsThrough WorkFor every year, an RSA scholar accepts financial support, 2 years of work in eligible setting is requiredEligible setting Through financial repaymentPayback financial value of monies paid during masters programIf an RSA scholar drops out, repayment of funding provided is required

NEIU Campus

Application Process for NortheasternApplication Materials: 15: Application DueApril 6 or April 8: Preadmission Workshop (PAW) at Main NEIU CampusMay 1: Decisions (letters sent to applicants)


Counselor EducationAdmission CriteriaAcademicUndergraduate GPA/Advanced Degree0 3GRE Verbal0 3GRE Analytical Writing0 3Essay (Writing Sample)0 3

ExperienceRecommendations0 3Work/Volunteer Experiences0 3

InterpersonalPreadmission Workshop (PAW)0 5


Standards for AdmissionMinimum GPA = 2.75 for undergraduate degreeConsidered on Exceptionality for 2.25 below 2.75GPA below 2.25 will not be admittedUndergraduate GPA below 2.75 (without advanced degree) + GRE Verbal below 25th percentile will be denied admissionApplicant with advanced degree (e.g., masters) is exempted from undergraduate GPA requirementPAW problematic or poor performance will be denied admissionMeeting minimum requirements is no guarantee of admissionDenied admission applicants may apply once more


NEIU Campus

Factors to Consider in Applying to Counselor Education at NortheasternQuality and diversity of the graduate students in Counselor Education

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Factors to Consider in Applying to Counselor Education at Northeastern

Ethnic Diversity: U.S. News & World Reports Best Colleges publication announced that among Midwest regional universities, Northeastern Illinois University is the most ethnically diverse of the public institutions in that category. (September 9, 2015)Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI): HSI is an official designation from the U.S. Department of Education. Defined as having a full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment of at least 25 percent Hispanic students.


Factors to Consider in Applying to Counselor Education at NortheasternQuality and Diversity of the Faculty Scholarly production books; journal articles; grants; researchPractical experience in the fields they teach, including school counseling, clinical and rehabilitation settings, and family counseling.9, full-time, tenure-track facultyBalance of men, women, ethnic/racial background, disabilityRatio of Student FTE:Faculty (10:1)Advisement by FacultyAdmitted students will be assigned a faculty advisor for regular consultation throughout their course of study.


Factors to Consider in Applying to Counselor Education at NortheasternNational Accreditation by CACREP and CORE: Ensures quality and professional standards. Fulfills educational requirements for Illinois licensure. Cost and Value: Northeastern tops U.S. News & World Report lists for low student debt (September 9, 2015). In its annual publication of Best Colleges, for the second year in a row, Northeastern has earned the No. 1 spot for students who graduate with the least amount of debt among Midwest regional universities. The Universitys percentage of students incurring debt is the lowest among all regional universities in the country.The department offers a limited number of tuition waivers and graduate assistantships. Further information is available from the Office of Financial Aid, 773-442-5009


Program Outcomes ReportsCurrent enrollment*Clinical Mental Health Counseling: 42Family Counseling: 31Rehabilitation Counseling: 26School Counseling: 45Total for all programs: 144 students *Includes 12 students completing former program in Community Counseling.Number of program graduates from past year Class of August 2013For the graduating class of August 2013, there were 56 graduates completing one of our four programs in Community (now Clinical Mental Health), Family, Rehabilitation, or School Counseling. Thirty-seven or 66% of the 2013 graduates returned our annual survey.


Program Outcomes Reports

Completion Rate

Of the students admitted to our program, approximately 90% graduated within the expected time period. This is difficult to determine because admitted students have six years to complete our programs. Currently, approximately 20 % of our students are attending on a full-time basis (three courses per semester).


Program Outcomes ReportsLicensure or certification examination pass ratesOf the 37 alumni, 33 took one or a combination of the following exams: National Counselor Exam (NCE), #181 Content Test in School Counseling (CTSC), and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Exam (CRCE). Only one individual did not pass one of the exams on the first attempt, resulting in a 97% pass rate on the first attempt.Thirty-two of the 37 alumni attained one or a combination of the following licenses o


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