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Frequently Asked Questions

Counseling Program

What is a cohort?

At Saint Xavier University's Department of Education a cohort group is a group of graduate students who take a sequence of courses leading to a degree together. 

What is the cost of each course?

For information about the cost of this program, please contact Office of the Bursar at or 773-298-3046.

Who is eligible to apply to the program?

Any individual with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education. 

Is the counseling program accredited by the CACREP?

The counseling programs at SXU are not accredited by CACREP. The programs are accredited by the state of Illinois. The Department of Education is nationally accredited by NCATE.

Do I need to be a licensed teacher?

A teaching license is not required of school counselors in Illinois. If you are a not a licensed teacher there will be a couple of classes that you are required to take as leveling courses. We offer those courses as part of your curriculum of studies.

Where do I do my practicum or internship?

The practicum and internship take place in the final year of the program. Candidates are placed at the elementary, middle or secondary school settings to conduct the practicum and internships. Clinical placements include community agencies and hospitals. The placement process is coordinated by program faculty. 

How many state tests are required before I apply for my license?


  • One of the following tests: ACT plus writing with a score of 22 or more, OR SAT (mathematics and critical reading) (all these tests must have been taken within 10 years from admission) OR Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) for full admission.
  • school counselor licensure exam (#181)

Clinical students will register for the National Counseling Exam prior to graduation. 

When and how do I sign up for the state tests?

You can apply online. You are encouraged to take the 181 exam during their practicum or internship. 

What if I leave my cohort and later decide to rejoin?

If you leave your cohort due to unforeseeable circumstances and inform your advisor, you may rejoin your cohort or join another cohort when the sequence of courses allow for you to join. You might have to pay a new rate of tuition if you have to join a different group.