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Master of Science in Education Counseling

The Master of Science in Education in Counseling (MEC) is designed for students who are seeking a career working as a counselor in settings such as community agencies, government, private practice, and elementary, middle or secondary schools.
The mission of the Quincy University MEC program is to train individuals to become competent professional counselors. The program facilitates personal and professional growth via a combination of academic rigor, experiential learning, personal and professional reflection, and service to the community. The MEC program is committed to the development of counselors as ethical, reflective practitioners and Servant-Leaders, who exhibit an affinity for lifelong learning, a commitment to social justice, and an appreciation for the diverse world in which they live and practice.

The 60-credit hour Clincial Mental Health Counseling and 48-credit hour School Counseling curriculum includes a 30-credit hour core, additional credit hours in your area of emphasis, and 9 credit hours in clinical experiences. A grade point average of 3.0 is required, and students must pass a comprehensive examination in order to complete the program.
Individuals who are not licensed/certified as teachers may pursue certification as a School Counselor upon completion of both a Master's degree in School Counseling and additional required coursework. Individuals who currently hold a Master's Degree in Counseling or a related field may pursue licensure/certification as a School Counselor with completion of additional required coursework.

Classes normally meet one evening each week for three to four hours, and most students complete two courses each semester, including summer session. At this pace, you could expect to complete the program in approximately three years.

College Student Personnel
Clinical Mental Health Counseling
School Counseling

Applications are encouraged from individuals who plan to provide counseling services either in a school setting or in a clinical, community, private, or government setting. All applicants are considered on an individual basis focusing on the applicant's potential for successful completion of the program. Application review for admission is ongoing.

Applicants are encouraged from individuals in all fields. All applicants are considered on an individual basis. The applicant's potential for successful completion of the program is a central focal point for the Admissions Committee. Applications are processed on a revolving basis. Although it is generally preferred that an individual accepted into the program start his or her coursework in the fall semester, an applicant may begin at the start of any term, providing space is available.

Applicants must submit the following to the Quincy University Office of Graduate Admissions:

1. Application - A completed application for graduate admission along with a nonrefundable $25 application fee.
2. Official Transcripts - An official transcript from the college or university that the applicant matriculated from verifying that the baccalaureate degree has been conferred. In addition, the applicant needs to provide official transcripts from any other college or university at which he or she may have undertaken any additional study, undergraduate or graduate.
3. Recommendations - Two completed recommendations from professionals who can address the applicant's academic and/or professional potential.
4. Educational requirements - Applicants must have or will have completed a baccalaureate degree. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0/4.0 or higher may be recommended for admission. Applicants with a GPA lower than 3.0 will be considered for conditional admission.
5. International students - Applicants from non-English speaking educational institutions must submit the results of the TOEFL. Generally, a score of 550 or above is acceptable evidence of a student's ability to successfully study in an English-speaking environment at the graduate level. Also, the applicant must submit documentation showing how his/her education will be financed. A bank official must authorize this financial documentation.
6. Writing prompts - The applicant is requested to reply to three of six questions or statements regarding counseling. It is expected that the questions are answered to the best of the applicant's ability and each question is to be answered in 300 words or less.
7. Entrance Test Results - A score of 380 (400 preferred) or higher on the Miller's Analogy Test or an equivalent score on the Graduate Record Exam.
8. Coursework - While applicants from all undergraduate majors are considered, coursework in behavioral sciences (e.g., Psychology or Sociology) is desirable. It is hoped, but not mandatory, that students will have taken the following courses or their equivalent:
a. Introduction to Psychology or Sociology
b. Personality Theory
c. Statistics/Research design
d. Abnormal Psychology
9. Professional Resume

The Counseling Program Admissions Committee reviews each person's application. As there are several measures that are used in the application process, there is no one single factor that would qualify or disqualify a person. In some cases, in addition to the written application and supporting documentation, an applicant may be required to have an in person interview with the Counseling Program Admissions Committee or its representative(s).

Chi Sigma Iota is an international honor society for counseling students and professionals. It was established in 1985 to recognize the outstanding efforts and achievements of students and professionals in the counseling field. The mission of CSI is to promote "scholarship, research, professionalism, leadership, advocacy, and excellence in counseling" (

The Chi Omega chapter of CSI was founded at Quincy University and inducted its first members in 2010. Chi Omega members must maintain a 3.5 grade point average, demonstrate professionalism in their classroom and clinical experiences and during any co-curricular activities, and must remain active in chapter events and projects. Chi Omega facilitates the growth and development of its members via an emphasis on scholarship, participation in professional development activities, and servant-leadership in the community.
To learn more about Chi Omega, please view the Chi Omega newsletter, "The Insight".

The program is designed for non-traditional students. Classes typically meet one evening a week for three to four hours or, in some cases, for extended weekend sessions. Most students take two courses each semester, including summer. Students are expected to take a minimum of one course per year. If a student takes two courses each semester, it will take approximately 3 years to complete the program.

The Counseling Progam meets the criteria set forth by the State of Illinois Department of Professional and Financial Regulation for those seeking licensure as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). The counseling program also meets requirements for licensure as a Professional School Counselor in the state of Illinois.

Graduates who choose the emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling will be eligible to take the examination to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Upon completion of post-graduate clinical experience, these graduates will be eligible to take the examination for licensure as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC).
Graduates who choose the emphasis in School Counseling will follow a curriculum approved by the Illinois State Board of Education. Successful graduates can be recommended by QU for licensure with an endorsement in the area of School Counseling. Individuals who are not licensed teachers may pursue school counseling licensure upon completion of the degree and additional required coursework.

Quincy University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 N. LaSalle St., Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504 (800.621.7440).

The Master of Science in Education program is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), 100 N. First St., Springfield, Illinois 62707-0001 (217.782.4330), to offer education programs for school counselor licensure.

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