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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.


  • 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.

Program director

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Eileen M. Whelan, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Associate Professor, Education, Program Director, School Counseling & School Psychology


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David Weber, Psy.D., NCSP, LEP

Assistant Professor of School Counseling and School Psychology

Kelly Bentz, Ph.D.
Kelly J. Bentz, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Program Director Special Education Merced Campus

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Jonathan Gage, Ed.D.

Pupil Personnel Services Program Director, Bakersfield, Clinical Assistant, School of Education

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. 


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

Course listing

Required Courses

PACS 736Institute in School Peer Mediation Program Development2-3
PPC 700Comprehensive School Counseling and Guidance3
PPC 702Academic and Career Planning3
PPC 703Prevention and Intervention for Achievement3
PPC 707Organizational Systems and Program Development3
PPC 775Seminar in Learning Theory3
PPC 791Practicum in School Counseling1
PPC 792Field Experience1-4
PPS 704Counseling Applications in School Settings3
PPS 705Family-School Collaboration and Consultation3
PPS 708Counseling for Diversity3
PPS 710Assessment and Measurement3
PPS 712Laws and Ethics3
PPS 713Safe School Environments3
PPS 714Practicum in Group Process3
PPS 715Leadership and Change3
PPS 717Seminar in Behavior Pathology in Schools3

Master of Arts Core

ED 779Values in School and Society3

Select one of the following groups

PPS 777B and
PPS 777A
Field Based Research and
Topical Review of Education Research


PPS 799 and
PPS 798
Project/Thesis-School Counseling and
Psychology and Project/Thesis Proposal