Blending theory and application in a Christian setting, this program offers you both a master of arts in school counseling and California pupil personnel services (PPS) credential. Curriculum includes both academic classroom training and applied field experience with children and adolescents in schools and other agencies. The program also offers a flexible schedule to meet your needs, whether you’re a returning, part-time professional, or traditional, full-time student. Graduates are encouraged to become student advocates and engage in the social action to ensure all students equitable access to counseling and guidance.

Highlights

  • Small class sizes
  • Experienced and highly rated university faculty
  • Blended schedule with courses in class and online
  • Includes both academic classroom training and applied field experience
  • Our grads are sought by top districts

Career opportunities

A school counseling master’s degree is especially important for graduates planning to teach or practice counseling at an agency or other postsecondary institution. The PPS credential provides eligibility to work as a school counselor at the elementary, middle and/or high school levels in the California public school system.

Admission requirements

  • Application form and fee
  • Interview with program director
    • Impromptu writing sample
  • Statement of intent
  • Three reference forms
  • Successful completion of CBEST (credential requirement)
  • GRE or MAT results
  • Official transcripts verifying BA/BS degree*
  • Valid California credential or Certificate of Clearance
  • Verification of negative TB test (within last 12 months)
  • Letter of explanation if GPA is under 2.75

*Candidates must bring unofficial transcripts from all universities/colleges attended to interview with program director. 

Prerequisites

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Child Development
  • Educational Statistics and Research Design
  • Introduction to Counseling Theories