Program: M.S., Counseling
The Master of Science (M.S.) in Counseling offers five options: (1) Career Counseling, (2) College Counseling and Student Services, (3) Marriage and Family Therapy, (4) School Counseling and (5) School Psychology. Students must successfully complete all prerequisite courses before formal admittance to a master’s degree program. Only students admitted to a Master of Science degree program may take classes in that program.
In addition, by separate (second year) application and limited admission, the Professional Clinical Counseling sub-option to the M.S. in Career, College Counseling and Student Services, or School Counseling programs may be added to those degree options as partial qualification for professional clinical licensure in California.
The Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Counseling with an Option in School Counseling is designed to prepare school counselors for work in K-12 public schools. The program is driven by a vision for counselors who can develop comprehensive, reality-based school counseling programs that promote educational equity and high academic achievement for all students. Program courses are integrated with school-based experiences and activities that prepare counselors to address the personal, social, career and academic development of K-12 students. The program meets the accreditation standards of and is approved by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Graduates qualify for the State of California Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling and are eligible to take the National Counselor’s Examination (NCE) to qualify for certification as a National Certified Counselor (NCC).
A. Admission Requirements for Classified Standing
- Complete University application and requirements.
- Have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
- Have been in good standing at the last institution attended.
- Have at least a 2.5 GPA in the last 60 semester/90 quarter units attempted.
- If cumulative undergraduate GPA is less than 3.0, score at or above the 50th percentile on one of the three sections of the aptitude test of the Graduate Record Examination (i.e., verbal, quantitative or analytical) or on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Applicants to the School Psychology Program are required to take the GRE or MAT.
- Pass Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam by earning a score of 8 or higher.
- Complete the department application for admission to graduate programs.
- Submit two recommendations, either as letters or on the departmental form.
- Participate in the admission’s interview process.
- Be accepted by the Departmental Student Affairs Committee.
- Complete all required prerequisite courses with a grade of “B-” or better within the past 7 years. (Equivalent courses may be substituted for prerequisites.)
B. Requirements for the Master of Science Degree in Counseling
1. Core Program (18 units)
EPC 602 Research Principles (3)
EPC 605 Advanced Psychological Foundations of Education (3)
EPC 643 Diversity in Counseling (3)
EPC 655 Seminar in Counseling Theory and Practice (3)
EPC 659A Communication Skills in Counseling (3)
EPC 659B Practicum in Counseling (3)
2. Option (34 units)
EPC 648 Consultation with Parents, Teachers and Other Human Service Professionals (3)
EPC 658 Seminar in Group Counseling and Lab (3/1)
EPC 659CC and DC Field Work in School Counseling (3+3)
EPC 682 Foundations of School Counseling (3)
EPC 683 Collaborations with Families in Educational Settings (3)
EPC 684 Educational Program Evaluation and Assessment (3)
EPC 687 Career Guidance, College Selection and Technology in School Settings (3)
EPC 688 Measurement and Assessment in School Settings (3)
EPC 689 Leadership in School Counseling (3)
SPED 400 Developmental Differences and Implications in Special Education (3)
3. Culminating Experience (3 units)
EPC 698C Thesis/Graduate Project (3)
(EPC 698C may be taken for credit two times.)
C. Suggested Course Sequence by Semester
Summer 1: EPC 682
Semester 1: EPC 605, 643, 655, 659A
Semester 2: EPC 602, 658/L, 659B, 683
Summer 2: SPED 400
Semester 3: EPC 659C, 684, 687, 688
Semester 4: EPC 648, 659D, 689, 698C
Semester 5: If needed for conclusion of culminating experience.
Total Units Required for the M.S. Degree: 55
Chair: Shari Tarver-Behring
Education (ED) 1218
Graduate Coordinator: Merril Simon
Staff Advisor: Shannon Sexton
Student Learning Outcomes
To fulfill the department mission, faculty engages in University and professional activities to develop and provide undergraduate and graduate programs for the preparation of professionals. At the conclusion of their program of study, students will be able to:
- Develop and apply expertise in their fields of study.
- Think critically and engage in reflective, ethical and legal practice throughout their education and professional lives.
- Develop empathetic, respectful and congruent interpersonal skills and abilities to work successfully with groups and individuals from diverse backgrounds in educational, community and mental health settings.
- Communicate effectively using oral, written, listening and nonverbal attending and observational skills.
- Become information-competent scholars and researchers capable of utilizing current technology in work environments, while engaging in and disseminating creative, empirical and applied research studies and program evaluations.
- Collaborate skillfully and respectfully as leaders, consultants and team members in a variety of settings.
- Develop skills necessary to assess and evaluate individuals and groups and to utilize current technology in work environments.
- Maintain a multicultural and global perspective, emphasizing social justice, gender and educational equity, access and support.
- View their roles as preventative, educative and therapeutic in promoting well-being, healthy relationships, academic success and career mastery.
- Provide service through a wide variety of field-based partnerships informed by theory, research and practice.
- Act as advocates with initiative, perception and vision to lead and transform the practices and policies of those who provide services to individuals, families, schools, organizations, communities and policymakers.
- Pursue lifelong professional and personal development through such mediums as continuing education, information, technology, psychological counseling, participation and leadership in professional organizations, and doctoral study.