Master of Science in Educational Counseling Community College Counseling Emphasis

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Program Overview

The Master of Science in Educational Counseling Community College Emphasis degree provides the academic pathways for students who are committed to the professional practice of counseling in community colleges and other educational organizations. The program is designed to prepare educational counselors to be reflective social justice leaders who advocate for positive institutional transformation that promotes anti-racist, just, and equitable outcomes for all students. Students will be prepared to deliver culturally responsive services to a pluralistic society and will develop comprehensive counseling skills informed by theory, research, and practice. 

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Core Requirements

  • 13 courses: 63 quarter units

Prerequisite5 year CA Certificate of Clearance (CL-900) is needed before enrolling in the course.

This course examines the history of educational counseling and provides context for the current state of the profession, within a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) lens. Core counseling theories will be presented and explored within the context of schools and colleges. American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and American Counseling Association (ACA) models will be introduced and examined.

PrerequisiteEDC 600

The educational counselor’s role as a leader, advocate, and systems change agent is explored. Theories and principles of equity within educational contexts is critiqued. The content identifies and addresses prejudice, power, personal biases, attitudes, oppression, and privilege that affect self and school communities, with the purpose of creating more safe, secure and nurturing learning environments.

PrerequisiteEDC 601

Provides an introduction to the ethical and legal obligations to students, parents, administrators, and teachers. Provides knowledge of federal and state laws, county ordinances, and district policies related to the rights of historically marginalized populations. Professional and ethical boundaries in school counseling relationships are examined per guidelines created by American School American School Counselor Association, American Counseling Association.

PrerequisiteEDC 602

Understanding of historical and contemporary theories across the lifespan. Utilizing a systemic perspective, the course examines academic, physical, cognitive, language, and moral development. Cultural assets and family configuration patterns, emphasizing social emotional learning as it relates to racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation and socio-economic status.

PrerequisiteEDC 603

Analysis and reflection of personal knowledge, bias, attitudes and beliefs about counseling diverse populations. This course highlights race, culture, gender and intersectionality and theoretical cultural responsive concepts are examined. Students will build and enhance culturally conscious competence and will gain an understanding of the impact poverty, social class, community, culture, and family have upon diverse groups of students. Students practice culture-centered counseling perspectives. Cultural wealth is recognized along with the attributes that facilitate a culturally responsive PK-16 school climate welcoming and appreciating the assets, strengths, and gifts that diverse students have.

PrerequisiteEDC 604

Course reviews and evaluates the core counseling theories that work most effectively in schools, such as but not limited to: Adlerian Theory, Choice Theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Family Systems, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Motivational Interviewing, Person-Centered Counseling, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), and Solution-Focused Brief Counseling (SFBC).

PrerequisiteEDC 605A

Introduce and further develop the core counseling theories that work most effectively in schools, such as but not limited to: Adlerian Theory, Choice Theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Family Systems, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Motivational Interviewing, Person-Centered Counseling, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), and Solution-Focused Brief Counseling (SFBC).

PrerequisiteEDC 605B

Learn to provide treatment strategies to school populations who have experienced trauma-related issues. Through defining and understanding trauma-informed care, SC’s will help students cope with a variety of high stress situations.

PrerequisiteEDC 606

Theories and principles of equity are examined for the purpose of creating more safe, secure and nurturing learning environments. Exploration of the current role of the school counselor in PreK-14 academic tiered systems of support, developing strategies to intervene academically through appraisal, advisement, individual student planning and goal-setting. The course builds upon students’ strengths and assets to support all students, especially historically underserved students. Current social issues are identified, such as cyber bullying, social media literacy, alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, suicide, truancy, LGBTQ+ awareness and empowerment, prevention and intervention strategies within school communities.

PrerequisiteEDC 607

Articulate the role of the school counselor in PreK-14 college/career tiered systems of support utilizing knowledge and understanding of state and local graduation requirements, and provisions for marginalized populations. Apply educational transitional strategies, including career development and exploration, throughout the lifespan including using multiple career assessments and planning tools applying knowledge and understanding of local and national career and job market trends.

PrerequisiteEDC 608

The course provides the foundation of educational inquiry and data analysis processes that help develop, implement, and evaluate comprehensive educational counseling programs. The course provides candidates with the skills and knowledge related to the evaluation and assessment of data that ensures access and equitable educational outcomes and the examination of comprehensive educational counseling programs that drive policy and create systematic change, including academic, college/career and social emotional development for PK-14 educational systems will be articulated.

PrerequisiteEDC 609

The course provides an introduction to the basic principles of research design in schools and program evaluation as applied to educational counseling. Fundamental concepts and practices in educational research, methods, design, analysis, and conclusions, will be covered with the utilization of the current American Psychological Association (APA) research writing style . The course is designed to prepare candidates for the research project that will be completed during the capstone course, EDC 611 Research in Schools.

PrerequisiteEDC 610

The course provides an overview of the basic principles of research design in schools and program evaluation as applied to school counseling. The course addresses fundamental concepts and practices of educational inquiry, research, methods, design, and analysis. The course is designed as the capstone course in which candidates will select a topic of interest and demonstrate research and evaluation competencies by completing an educational research project.

Community College Counseling Emphasis Requirements

  • 2 courses; 9 quarter units

For the Community College Counseling Emphasis, the completion of the following two courses is required after completion of the core courses.

Prerequisite: EDC 600; EDC 601; EDC 602; EDC 603; EDC 604; EDC 605A; EDC 605B; EDC 606; EDC 607; EDC 608; EDC 609; EDC 610; EDC 611

The course provides an overview of community colleges in the United States including history, multiple missions, structure of community colleges, policies, operation, and the varying roles/divisions, and functions of each. A brief examination of the functions of community college counseling divisions, visions, missions provide the candidate a foundation of understanding of the role of the community college counselor.

Prerequisite: EDC 614A

The course provides an in depth understanding of community college counseling divisions in the United States. Candidates further explore the history, missions, structure of community colleges, and the policies and functions that impact student success. An inquiry into the functions of community college counseling divisions, visions, missions provides the candidate with an understanding of the role of the community college counselor and counseling structures through a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive lens.

Degree and Course Requirements

To receive a Master of Science in Educational Counseling Community College Emphasis, students must complete at least 72 quarter units of graduate work. A total of 13.5 quarter units of graduate credit may be granted for equivalent graduate work completed at another accredited institution, as it applies to this degree, if the units were not used in earning another advanced degree.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Advocate for all PK-14 students by employing anti-racist practice within educational foundations, growth and development, learning theory, and academic achievement.
  • Implement the basic foundations of school counseling professional standards.
  • Perform as equitable driven leaders and promote social justice efforts to enhance inclusivity and access for all.
  • Distinguish among major developmental theories of practice (personality, social, physical, emotional, and cognitive development) and chronological stages of human development that impact student academic development and life- long learning.
  • Examine, assess, and construct academic, social, and emotional comprehensive development programs with research-based practices.
  • Evaluate legal and ethical practices of professional school counseling.
  • Evaluate and assess program development for equitable outcomes.
  • Demonstrate competence in the application of research methods.


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