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Master of Science in Educational Counseling (California Only)

The Department of School Counseling and School Psychology offers a graduate degree leading to the Master of Science in Educational Counseling and a recommendation for a Pupil Personnel School Counseling Credential (PPSC). This program is aligned with national standards and prepares candidates for the position of school counselor. Graduates of this program generally seek employment as school counselors in P-12 schools and employment in a institution of higher education.

Candidates enrolled in the degree and/or credential program are not awarded the master’s degree until they have successfully completed all coursework, the action research project and the PRAXIS exam. All coursework must be completed prior to the PPSC credential recommendation. Course equivalence will not be granted for life experiences.

For additional information on credential requirements, please see the School of Education Credential Information section of the catalog.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Distinguish among major developmental theories (personality, social, physical, emotional, and cognitive development) and chronological stages of life-long human development and the impact of these stages on school behavior and learning.
  2. Differentiate relevant social and diversity concerns and crises of individuals and groups of students.
  3. Implement comprehensive guidance programs based on relevant data that has been developed and implemented buy the student.
  4. Implement individual counseling skills and techniques to help students cope with personal and interpersonal problems appreciating the diversity of each student.
  5. Implement group counseling skills and techniques to help students cope with personal and interpersonal problems appreciating the diversity of each student.
  6. Integrate positive consultative and collaborative skills and techniques in communication with school staff, parents, and community agencies in order to support candidate academic, career, and personal/social success.
  7. Evaluate legal mandates affecting education and school counseling and apply appropriate legal and ethical standards and practices to specific counseling situations.
  8. Advocate academic success for all preK-16 students by employing appropriate standardized and non-standardized group and individual educational and psychological assessment data and data driven educational decisions/interventions.
  9. Integrate computer technology relevant to the tasks and role of a school counselor.
  10. Construct curriculum for diverse classrooms and classroom interventions strategies based on learning theory.
  11. Perform as professional school counselors and professional leaders reflecting the history and trends of the profession to enhance the field of school counseling.
  12. Propose career based programs and interventions based on career development theories, and the impact of career development on school behavior and learning.
  13. Interpret findings of social science research, developed and implemented by the student, to professional practice.


(19 courses; 81 quarter units)

To receive a Master of Science in Educational Counseling, students must complete at least 81 quarter units of graduate work. Credentialed teachers may waive the CED605 course. A total of 13.5 quarter units of graduate credit may be granted for equivalent graduate work completed at another institution, as it applies to this degree and if the units were not used in earning another advanced degree and provided the coursework was completed within the past 7 years. Course equivalence cannot be granted for life experience.

Program Prerequisites (2 courses; 9 quarter units)
Core Requirements (15 courses; 64.5 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):
Internship Requirements for Masters Degree with PPSC Credential Students (4 courses; 16.5 quarter units)
A minimum of 600 clock hours is required. The candidate will draft a plan with the Site Supervisor and University Supervisor, meet weekly with Site Supervisor for supervision, keep weekly logs of each 200 hours of internship, and submit logs to University Supervisor. No more than two sites at one time with no more than two Site Supervisors at one time. Includes two levels.
Core Requisite(s):
Internship Requirements for Master’s Degree only students (4 courses; 16.5 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):

Candidates are expected to complete their internship either on a full time basis or part time basis of a minimum of 8 hours per week.