As a clinical psychology program, our aim is to give you a broad education that will help you be maximally prepared for the variety of career paths you might take upon graduation or later in life. Most students choose to pursue a doctoral degree (e.g., Ph.D. or Psy.D. programs) or enter the mental health profession. Some who enter the mental health profession are interested in becoming licensed; for that reason, we provide the information below.
Numerous graduates of our program have succeeded in obtaining state licensure. Typically, they have facilitated this process by taking extra courses offered by other graduate programs at SIUE, such as social work and art therapy. Our program does not control the scheduling of these supplemental courses and can not guarantee their availability at any given time, but many of our students have taken these courses.
For students interested in pursuing licensure, it's important to recognize that master's-level licensure is licensure as a counselor--typically a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), and that requirements for this license vary by state. Some graduates of our program have obtained such licensure in the past. If you think master's-level licensure is something you might pursue, it's important to educate yourself about what is required of you by state licensing boards. Each state typically has a Division of Professional Regulation (or some similarly titled agency) that provides licensing information, reviews license applications, and makes determinations on license applications. As each state has different criteria, it's important that you find out what each particular state requires for licensure. In order to meet the requirements for licensure in a particular state, you may need to take additional courses beyond our program's requirements prior to graduation. Our program may not fulfill certain state requirements.
Given that our program is located in Illinois, we've put together some general guidelines regarding Illinois state licensure requirements based on the experiences of some of our graduates in the past. However, given that state requirements can change it's important for you to learn what specifically is required of you for licensure in any given state at any given time. The responsibility for meeting licensure requirements is the student's. Although many of our students have successfully obtained licensure in Illinois and other states, completion of our graduate program does not guarantee licensure eligibility in any state.
General issues regarding Illinois State Licensure Requirements that our graduates have experienced in the past: