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Educational Psychology and Counseling

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Michael D. Eisner College of Education

  • Chair: Shari Tarver-Behring Education
  • (ED) 1218
  • (818) 677-2599
  • (818) 677-2601
  • Department email: epcdept@csun.edu
  • www.csun.edu/coe/epc/


Programs Offered

  • M.S. in Counseling with Options in:
    • Career Counseling
    • College Counseling and Student Services
    • Marriage and Family Therapy
    • School Counseling
    • School Psychology
  • M.A. in Education—Educational Psychology Option with concentrations in:
    • Development, Learning Instruction and Evaluation
    • Early Childhood Education


The Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling prepares students for highly effective, ethical and satisfying careers as professional educators and counselors working with individuals, families and groups in educational, organizational and community settings. The aim of our programs is to reflect an ecological and developmental life-span approach to theory, research and practice centered on the study and application of major concepts and skills from counseling, early childhood education, educational psychology and psychological foundations of education. Department faculty are committed to con- tinuous evaluation and improvement of our courses and programs.


The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), has conferred accreditation on the following program areas in the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling: Career Counseling (M.S.); College Counseling and Student Services (M.S.); Marriage and Family Therapy (M.S.); and School Counseling (M.S.) The National Association of School Psychology (NASP) has conferred accreditation on the School Psychology (M.S.) program. The School Counseling and School Psychology programs also are accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) and all department pro- grams are accredited by the National Council on the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

State Licensure

Students seeking licensure as a marriage and family therapist (LMFT) must complete the 63-66 unit Master’s Degree in counseling, Option in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) and 3,000 hours of field work and internship prior to applying for the State examination. Students in the MFT program may also meet the course and practicum require- ments for pursuing licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). Students seeking licensure as an educational psychologist must complete requirements for the School Psychology credential and subsequently meet additional field work requirements. For additional information, contact program advisors. Marriage and Family Therapy: Stanley Charnofsky School Psychology: Doris Jones-Nicol, Wilda Laija-Rodriguez, Alberto Restori LPCC Licensure: Merril Simon

State Credential

Department programs lead to State credentials in Pupil Personnel Services in two areas: School Counseling or School Psychology. Students seeking one of these credentials through CSUN must com- plete course work equivalent to the Master’s Degree in counseling, Option in either School Counseling or School Psychology, respec- tivelyand hold a Master’s Degree. For additional information, consult the Datalog, Department website (www.csun.edu/coe/epc), Graduate Advisor or Program Coordinators.


Graduates completing a Master’s Degree may qualify for positions in public schools, public mental health, community agencies, community colleges and universities, business and industry, career development, marriage and family therapy, private clinical practice, integrated medicine settings and related areas. With the completion of state requirements, students can receive a credential in pupil personnel ser- vices (PPS) in either school counseling or school psychology and/or a license as a marriage and family therapist (LMFT), licensed profes- sional counselor (LPCC) or educational psychologist.

Academic Advisement

Information for students interested in Department programs is avail- able by accessing the website or by calling or visiting the Graduate Advisor and/or Department Office. Students admitted to a Master’s Degree, Certificate or Credential Program should contact Program Coordinators for advisement. In addition, first year practicum instruc- tors serve as advisors for students in all the Master’s Degree programs in counseling.
Graduate Advisor’s Office: ED 1223 Graduate Advisor: Shannon Sexton (818) 677-5719, (epcdept@csun.edu) Graduate Coordinator: Merril Simon Program Advisors:
Career Counseling: Greg Jackson, Julie Hau College Counseling and Student Services: Merril Simon, Julie Hau Development, Learning, Instruction, and Evaluation: Adele Gottfried, Carolyn Jeffries, Pete Goldschmidt, Jonah Schlackman Early Childhood Education: Carrie Rothstein-Fisch, Joannie Busillo-Aguayo Marriage and Family Therapy: Stanley Charnofsky, Luis Rubalcava, Michael Laurent, Diane Gehart, Dana Stone School Counseling: Charles Hanson, Tovah Sands School Psychology: Doris Jones-Nicol, Wilda Laija-Rodriguez, Alberto Restori