Clinical Mental Health Counseling EdS

About the EdS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Loyola

If you value differences, equity, and social justice, and want to be a counselor who can help others thrive in the face of adversity and mental health challenges, consider the EdS degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Loyola University Chicago.

By completing the EdS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Loyola, you will be eligible to sit for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) exam in Illinois. You will also be eligible for the Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) after two years of post-degree supervised counseling experience and a passing score on the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE).

What is an Ed.S? EdS stands for “educational specialist degree.” This specialized education program is more advanced than a master's program but involves an accelerated timeline comparable to a doctoral degree like the EdD.

Program Structure

The clinical mental health counseling degree can be pursued full time or part time. Classes are held at Loyola's Water Tower Campus, conveniently located off the Red Line in the heart of Chicago.

Please note that this program is not currently accepting applications.

Why Choose Loyola for Your Clinical Mental Health Counseling Degree?

Rigorous and student-centered, our EdS prepares you for licensure in states with a 60 semester-hour and 1000 practicum-hour requirement. You will work with an advisor to create a unique sequence of coursework that fits your interests and career goals.

LPC eligibility

Upon completing the EdS degree, you will be eligible to apply for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Illinois, and as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) following two years of post-degree supervised experience.

Unlike a cohort model, Loyola’s EdS degree allows you to create your own curriculum. You will work with an advisor to develop a unique course sequence so you can tailor your degree to your interests and career goals.

You will learn from Loyola University Chicago’s expert faculty of psychologists and other mental health professionals who are actively engaged in research and in clinical settings, community organizations, and social justice efforts.

Gain practical experience in the Chicago area at practicum sites, including trauma centers, hospitals, residential treatment facilities, and substance abuse treatment centers. Your site selection will help you acquire population-specific competencies that complement your classroom training.

Become a culturally sensitive practitioner and learn how to create an equitable environment in practice settings. Understand the intersections of culture, ethnicity, gender, lived experiences, and other factors with mental health and wellbeing.

Meet the Faculty

Loyola is proud to have talented and nationally-recognized scholar-teachers as part of our diverse community of exceptional faculty, students and staff. Loyola faculty are known for their commitment to teaching, the dissemination of knowledge through innovative and interdisciplinary scholarly research, and a commitment to social justice and cura personalis, or care for the whole person. Visit the School of Education faculty and staff directory to learn more about the teachers and mentors involved with the Clinical Mental Health Counseling EdS program.


Curriculum and Program Outcomes

While courses for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling EdS program may vary from semester to semester, Loyola’s extensive Academic Catalog will always house the official listing of courses, programs of study, academic policies, degree requirements, and specialization or concentration options.

Additionally, this resource will provide Clinical Mental Health Counseling EdS learning outcomes, showcasing the commitment to specific skills and growth graduates can expect to achieve following completion of the program.

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Costs, Scholarships, and Aid

Loyola University Chicago is committed to making your graduate and professional studies a reality. Our Cost & Financial Aid page can help better inform you about the costs and potential funding opportunities through scholarships, loans, and aid for graduate and professional education.

If you are a current Loyola undergraduate or recent alum, you may be eligible for a Returning Rambler discount. Learn more and see if you qualify on our Returning Rambler Scholarship page.

Tuition and Costs

The estimated tuition and fees for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling EdS totals $61500.00, or 60 credit hours at a cost of $1,025.00 per credit hour. Please note that tuition and fees for all of Loyola's academic programs are subject to change.

For more detailed information about tuition and fees, and a breakdown of how these costs are calculated on a yearly basis, please visit Tuition and Fees from the Office of the Bursar.

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Visit the School of Education Scholarships page for detailed information about eligible scholarships.

More information about financial aid opportunities can be found on the Financial Aid Office website.

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Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling EdS are listed below. Please keep in mind that both the application and the required materials must be submitted by the specified deadline.

Please note that this program is not currently accepting applications.

Fall: January 1
Spring: December 1

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling EdS include:

  • Official Transcripts

  • 2 Letters of Recommendation

  • 3.0 Minimum GPA

  • Resume/CV

  • Statement of Purpose

Statement of Purpose Details

Your statement should be 1-3 pages and describe your academic and research interests, professional goals, and life experiences that have influenced your view of social justice.

Official Documents

Official transcripts are those that are sent directly by the college/university to Loyola University Chicago. Transcripts sent by the student to Loyola are considered unofficial documents, and while they may be utilized for initial review of your application, official transcripts are still required. Official documents should be sent by the institution to

International Applicant Requirements

An official English language proficiency exam is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. If you have non-U.S. educational credentials, you are required to submit an official transcript evaluation. The transcript evaluation cannot be waived.

Please visit our International Applicant Requirements page for specific information regarding the application process for international students.

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