Requirements and Details

Total Program: 46 semester hours for M.S. only.
Foundation Courses: Required for all M.S. Educational Counseling degrees 12 semester hours
Code Course Title Units
PPS 546 Introduction to School Counseling 3
PPS 549 School Counseling Theories 3
PPS 571 Individual Counseling Skills 3
PPS 572 Group Counseling Skills 3
Mastery Courses: 32 semester hours
Code Course Title Units
ASCD 503 Educational Psychology 3
ASCD 550 Human Development 3
EDUC 501 Educational Assessment 3
PPS 504 Methods of Research 3
PPS 543 School Guidance Seminar 3
PPS 565 Career Development 3
PPS 567 School Safety & Crisis Prevention 2
PPS 573 Counseling Diverse Populations 3
PPS 574 Facilitating/Consultation Skills 3
PPS 576 Organizational Management and School/Community Collaboration 2
PPS 583A Supervised Field Work-Level I 2
PPS 583B Supervised Field Work-Level II 2
Culminating Activity: 3 semester hours
Code Course Title Units
PPS 597 Graduate Seminar in School Counseling 2

Note: Students who have not passed the CBEST may not complete their fieldwork in public K-12 schools.

MS with PPS Credential:

Program length Full-Time: 3 Years
Program length Part-Time: 3.3 Years

Total Program: 46 semester hours plus 2 Semester Hours
Mastery Courses: 46 semester hours
Code Course Title Units
PPS 583C Supervised Field Work 2

MS/PPS Credential with a Concentration in School and Family Based Counseling:

NOTE: Upon completion of PPS 546, PPS 549, PPS 571, and PPS 572, candidates may apply for the SFBC concentration.

SFBC candidates are advised to be mindful that each SFBC course will be offered at least once year, but candidates need to plan the sequence with their advisor to ensure it matches the availability of courses.

Total Program: 60 semester hours
Concentration Courses: 17 semester hours
Code Course Title Units
PPS 544* Law & Ethics in Counseling 3
PPS 551 Diagnosis & Treatment of Psychopathology 3
PPS 554 Advanced Theories in Counseling 3
PPS 558 Psychopharmacology for School and Family Based Counseling 3
PPS 559 Substance Abuse Counseling 3
PPS 584 Clinical Practicum 2
Culminating Activity: 3 semester hours
Code Course Title Units
PPS 597 Graduate Seminar in School Counseling 2

*SFBC students will take PPS 544 in lieu of PPS 543

MS/PPS Credential with a Concentration in Spanish Bilingual Bicultural Counseling

Director: Adonay Montes

NOTE Upon completion of PPS 546, PPS 549, PPS 571, and PPS 572, candidates may apply for the SBBC concentration.

SBBC candidates are advised to be mindful that each required course will be offered at least once a year, but candidates need to plan the sequence with their advisor to ensure it matches the availability of courses.

Total Program: 57 semester hours
Concentration Courses: 9 semester hours
Code Course Title Units
PPS 532 The World of Immigrant Youth 3
PPS 533 Counseling Latino Immigrant Youth and Families 3
PPS 534 Bilingual Educational Theories 3
Culminating Activity: 3 semester hours
Code Course Title Units
PPS 597 Graduate Seminar in School Counseling 2

Admission Requirements

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:
    • A bachelor’s degree in a behavioral science
    • A valid teaching credential with a minimum of one year of full-time classroom teaching experience
    • Successful coursework or experience demonstrating basic knowledge of general psychology, human learning and develop- ment, 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 and demonstrate an ability to write at an acceptable level for graduate study.
  4. Three letters of reference addressing the candi- date’s potential as a school counselor. One must be from the candidate’s immediate supervisor.
  1. A personal interview with the program chair or designated faculty member.
  2. A passing score on CCTC approved Basic Skills Examination such as CBEST.
  3. 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.
  4. TB clearance.
  5. Internet access.

Additional Requirements

  1. By the completion of PPS 572 and prior to enter- ing 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.