Requirements and Details

Total Program: 48 semester hours for M.S. and credential; 47 semester hours for M.S. only

Core Courses: 45 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
ASCD 501 Educational Assessment 3
ASCD 503 Educational Psychology 3
ASCD 550 Human Development 3
EDLD 576 Organizational Management and School/Community Collaboration 3
PPS 504 Methods of Research 3
PPS 543 School Guidance Seminar 3
PPS 546 Introduction to School Counseling 3
PPS 549 School Counseling Theories 3
PPS 564 Instruction and Achievement 2
PPS 565 Career Development 3
PPS 567 School Safety & Crisis Prevention 2
PPS 571 Individual Counseling Skills 3
PPS 572 Group Counseling Skills 3
PPS 573 Counseling Diverse Populations 3
PPS 574 Facilitating, Consultation, and Collaboration Skills 3
PPS 583A Supervised Field Work—Level I 1
PPS 583B Supervised Field Work—Level II 1

Culminating Activity: 3 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
PPS 597 Graduate Seminar in School Counseling 3

In addition to the requirements and application materials listed in the Graduate Admission section of this catalog, the following are required:

  1. A 2.75 or above undergraduate GPA and a 3.0 cumulative GPA for graduate work. Provisional admission may be considered upon application.
  2. Possession of one of the following:
    1. A bachelor’s degree in a behavioral science
    2. A valid teaching credential with a minimum of one year of full-time classroom teaching experience
    3. Successful coursework or experience demonstrating basic knowledge of general psychology, human learning and development, and human behavior.
  3. A completed Statement of Purpose that includes an autobiography and explains the applicant’s motivation in seeking admission to the program. Applicants without prior teaching experience are strongly encouraged to have at least one year of volunteer or paid experience working with children or adolescents. The experience should be detailed in the Statement of Purpose.
  4. Three letters of reference addressing the candidate’s potential as a school counselor. One must be from the candidate’s immediate supervisor.
  5. A personal interview with the program chair or designated faculty member.
  6. A passing score on CCTC approved Basic Skills Examination such as CBEST.
  7. Evidence of a Certificate of Clearance or a valid teaching credential issued by the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing must be on file with the University before entrance into the program.
  8. TB clearance.
  9. Internet access.

Additional Requirements:

  1. By the completion of PPS 572 and prior to entering PPS 583A, candidates must demonstrate dispositional competence for the school counseling program.
  2. Evidence of a Certificate of Clearance or a valid credential issued by the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing must be on file with the University before a candidate may register for PPS 583A.