The Master of Arts in School Counseling with a California pupil personnel services (PPS) credential prepares you to work as a credentialed school counselor in a public school setting and requires a minimum of 59 units of coursework in the advanced component listed below. A sequence of courses is determined by the program director. In addition to the 59 units, there are four prerequisites.
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 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
The PPS credential provides eligibility to work as a school counselor in the California public school system grades PK-12.
Dena Fiori, Ed.D.
Jonathan Gage, Ed.D.
Eileen M. Whelan, Ph.D., BCBA-D
- Application form and fee
- Interview with program director
- Impromptu writing sample
- Statement of intent*
- Three reference forms
- CBEST score of 100 (credential requirement)
- 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 3.00
*One to two typed pages providing a statement of career goals and a description of how participation in the graduate program will contribute to your growth and development of these goals.
**Candidates must bring unofficial transcripts from all universities/colleges attended to interview with program director.
- Introduction to Statistics
- General Psychology
- Child Growth and Development
- Introduction to Counseling Theories
|PPC 700||Comprehensive School Counseling and Guidance||3|
|PPC 703||Prevention and Intervention for Achievement||3|
|PPC 707||Organizational Systems and Program Development||3|
|PPC 791||Practicum in School Counseling||1|
|PPC 792||Supervised Field Experience|
Students need 6 units total
|1 - 6|
|PPS 704||Counseling Applications in School Settings||3|
|PPS 705||Family-School Collaboration and Consultation||3|
|PPS 708||Counseling for Diversity||3|
|PPS 710||Assessment and Measurement||3|
|PPS 712||Laws and Ethics||3|
|PPS 713||Safe School Environments||3|
|PPS 714||Practicum in Group Process||3|
|PPS 715||Leadership and Change||3|
|PPS 717||Seminar in Behavior Pathology in Schools||3|
|PPC 702A||Academic Planning||2|
|PPC 702B||Career Planning||2|
|PPP 771||Behavioral Research Methods in Education||3|
Master of Arts Core
|ED 779||Values in School and Society||3|
|PPS 777A||Topical Review of Education Research||3|
|PPS 777B||Field Based Research||1 - 3|