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2012-2013 CSULB University Catalog

Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling

Programs - Master of Science in Counseling

Option in School Counseling

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)
    Prerequisites: Official admission to the School Counseling Program.
  • COUN 507 Career/Acd Counseling in K-12 Settings (3)
    Prerequisites: COUN 506.
  • COUN 510 Law and Ethics for Counselors (3)
    Prerequisites: None.
  • COUN 513 Introduction to Clinical Interviewing (3)
    Prerequisites: None.
  • COUN 515 Counseling Theories (3)
    Prerequisites: COUN 513.
  • COUN 555 Cross-Cultural Counseling (3)
    Prerequisites: COUN 510, 513, 515; COUN 506 for School Counseling Option, COUN 538 for SDHE Option, or their equivalent upon approval of the instructor.
  • COUN 606 Current Issues in Prof School Counseling (3)
    Prerequisites: COUN 506.
  • COUN 607 School Counseling Practicum (3)
    Prerequisites: COUN 506, 515.
  • COUN 638 Group Counseling (3)
    Prerequisites: Admission to the MS in Counseling and/or PPS School Counseling Credential, or School Psychology Program, COUN 510, 513, 515 or equivalent upon approval of instructor.
  • COUN 643A Counseling Field Work: School Counseling (3)
    Prerequisites: COUN 607, Certificate of Clearance, EDP 536 (must be taken concurrently with either COUN 643A or 644A.)
  • COUN 644A Advanced Counseling Field Work: Advanced School Counseling (3)
    Prerequisites: COUN 507, 638, 643A; EDP 536 (must be taken concurrently with either COUN 643A or 644A); pass CBEST.
  • COUN 695C Integrative Seminar in Professional School Counseling (3)
    Prerequisites: Advancement to candidacy; COUN 507, 555, 638; EDP 596; and permission to enroll from School Counseling Program Coordinator. Prerequisites/Corequisites: COUN 643A.
  • EDP 400 Intro to Educational Research (3) (or equivalent)
    Prerequisites: None.
  • EDP 520 Quantitative Research Methods in Education (3)
    Prerequisites: EDP 419 or equivalent.
  • EDP 536 Collaborative Consultation in the Schools (3)
    Prerequisites/Corequisites: COUN 643A, 644A; EDP 642A, 642B, or Field Placement in Special Education.
  • EDP 596 Program Evaluation in Education (3)
    Prerequisites: EDP 400 and 520, or equivalent.
  • EDP 604 Seminar in Human Development (3)
    Prerequisites: EDP 301 or 302, and EDP 400 or 419.
  • EDP 698 Thesis (must take 6 units) or comprehensive examination.
    Prerequisites: Advancement to candidacy, EDP 519 or 520 or 595 or 696, approval by director, department chair and associate dean.
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