Trinity Now Offers Master’s Degrees

Trinity Christian College has announced the launch of its new Graduate Studies programs, scheduled to begin in fall 2012. Trinity’s Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and Master of Arts in Special Education will be offered at the College’s main campus in Palos Heights.

 “Our presence in the Chicago metropolitan area, coupled with the applied nature of both of these programs, answers the growing need for graduate study from a Christian perspective in the helping professions,” said President Steven Timmermans, Ph.D. 

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
Dr. Michael DeVriesThose seeking an advanced degree in psychology can earn their M.A. in Counseling Psychology through either a two-year or three-year program option. Courses are blended with online instruction and evening face-to-face classes. Graduates of the program will meet the educational requirements for Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs) in the state of Illinois.

“I am grateful to our Lord Jesus Christ that Trinity is able to offer a quality graduate program in Counseling Psychology based on a Christian worldview and designed to educate and train professional counselors in the latest counseling methods and scientific research,” said Dr. Michael DeVries, director of the Counseling Psychology Graduate Studies Program.

Master of Arts in Special Education
Special EducationCertified regular education teachers looking to add expertise and credentials necessary for teaching a wide range of students—from those with learning disabilities to those with severe multiple impairments—can join the M.A. in Special Education program. This program is designed for State of Illinois Learning Behavior Specialist 1 (LBS1) certification. Students earn their master’s in 1½ years by means of online and face-to-face evening classes. Other options are available for obtaining an LBS1 endorsement or certification without the master’s degree.  

“We are excited that we will be offering a Christ-centered program,” said Dr. Patti Powell, director of the Special Education Graduate Studies Program. “Our proximity to Elim Christian School offers our program access to quality professionals in the field of special education as guest lecturers and the chance to interact with children with a variety of disabilities.”

For more information, visit or call the Graduate Studies office at 708.239.3900.