Master of Science in Educational Counseling with Internship Option (California)
The Master of Science in Educational Counseling degree provides the academic pathways for students who are committed to the professional practice of counseling in schools. The program is designed to prepare educational counselors to be reflective social justice leaders that 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. The program offers two options for career pathways within the Master of Science in Educational Counseling with Pupil Personnel Services Credential School Counseling or a Master of Science in Educational Counseling with an Emphasis in Community College Counseling. Each student must choose only one of the following options for their career pathway.
Pupil Personnel Service School Counseling
The Pupil Personnel Services Credential – School Counseling (PPS-SC) option provides the students with the acquired skills to become social justice leaders and competent school-based mental health professionals through a program of study aligned with the American School Counselor Association’s (ASCA) National Standards. This pathway provides PPS candidates with the acquired skills, knowledge, and abilities to become a professional school counselor and involves a combination of coursework, practicum, and fieldwork.
Successful completion of this program of study leads to a master’s degree with the Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling and a Child Welfare and Attendance (CWA) authorization. Credentials and authorizations are awarded through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).
Students enrolled in the credential pathway are awarded the master’s degree once they have successfully completed all the coursework, a capstone project, and the PRAXIS exam. All coursework must be completed prior to the PPS-SC credential recommendation. Course equivalence will not be granted for life experiences.
For additional information on credential requirements, please see the Sanford College of Education Credential Information section of the catalog.
Community College Counselor-Emphasis
The Emphasis in Community College Counseling option emphasizes principles and practices of counseling within a community college environment. Students will gain the acquired skills to become social justice leaders, school-based mental health professionals, learning agents, student developers, and resource managers. This pathway offers students with acquired knowledge and professional skills in comprehensive counseling, career guidance, and advisement services to students from diverse backgrounds for the purpose of developing and facilitating the attainment of their academic, vocational, and personal objectives.
Successful completion of this plan of study leads to a master’s degree with an emphasis in Community College Counseling. Students enrolled in the program are awarded the master’s degree once they have successfully completed all the coursework, a capstone project, and a comprehensive exam. All coursework must be completed prior to degree recommendation. Course equivalence will not be granted for life experiences.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Implement the basic foundations of school counseling professional standards.
- Advocate for all PK-14 students by employing anti-racist practice within educational foundations, growth and development, learning theory, and academic achievement.
- 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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