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Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling

Programs - Master of Science in Counseling

Option in School Counseling (code ED_PMS02)

The Master of Science in Counseling (School Counseling Option) and the Pupil Personnel Services School Counseling Credential Programs are designed to prepare counselors to work in elementary, middle, and high schools. Both programs support a comprehensive, developmental, and collaborative school counseling model. Based upon the American School Counselor Association's National Standards for K-12 School Counseling Programs and their 2003 National Model, our programs further support a balanced, holistic approach that considers the academic, career development, and personal/social needs of K-12 students. Graduates are expected to become proactive leaders who will advocate for their students and themselves, as counseling professionals working toward equity, achievement, and opportunity for all students.

Students entering the Master of Science in Counseling (School Option) program concurrently fulfill requirements for the Pupil Personnel Services School Counseling Credential and must apply to both programs. The Pupil Personnel Services School Counseling Credential (PPS/SC) is required by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) for persons employed by the public schools as school counselors. (See Credential Programs)

Each year the School Counseling Programs Information and Application Packet is revised. Applicants must use the application developed specifically for the year for which they are applying.

Advancement to Candidacy - Clear Admission

Students should advance to candidacy as early as possible. For advancement to candidacy (Clear Admission status), students must:

  • 1. Fulfill the campus Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).
  • 2. Complete COUN 506, COUN 513, COUN 515, EDP 400.
  • 3. Maintain a 3.0 grade point average in all course work.
  • 4. Resolve all incomplete grades.
  • 5. Submit to the Graduate Studies Office an Advancement to Candidacy form signed by the program advisor.


  • Take all of the following (51-57 units):
    • COUN 506 Counseling in School Settings (3)
    • COUN 507 Career/Acd Counseling in K-12 Settings (3)
    • COUN 510 Law and Ethics for Counselors (3)
    • COUN 513 Introduction to Clinical Interviewing (3)
    • COUN 515 Counseling Theories (3)
    • COUN 555 Cross-Cultural Counseling (3)
    • COUN 606 Current Issues in Prof School Counseling (3)
    • COUN 607 School Counseling Practicum (3)
    • COUN 638 Group Counseling (3)
    • COUN 643A Counseling Field Work: School Counseling (3)
    • COUN 644A Advanced Counseling Field Work: Advanced School Counseling (3)
    • COUN 695C Integrative Seminar in Professional School Counseling (3)
    • EDP 400 Intro to Educational Research (3) (or equivalent)
    • EDP 520 Quantitative Research Methods in Education (3)
    • EDP 536 Collaborative Consultation in the Schools (3)
    • EDP 596 Program Evaluation in Education (3)
    • EDP 604 Seminar in Human Development (3)
    • EDP 698 Thesis (must take 6 units) or comprehensive examination.

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