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Michael D. Eisner College of Education

Educational Psychology & Counseling

Programs in Career Education and Counseling

Program Coordinators

Masters Program | Certificate Program

Master of Science in Counseling, Specialization in Career Counseling

This degree specialization program offers graduate-level training in career counseling theory;resources and program development; organizational behavior and administration; individual and group vocational assessment; and the career development of special populations. These areas have been identified by the National Career Development Association (NCDA) as essential competency areas for Master Career Counselor Certification (NCDA). Graduates of the program will be prepared for employment as career counselors in educational settings; business,industry and government; community-based agencies and organizations; and career counseling/consulting firms.

Prerequisites for the M.S. Program (all majors) (9 Units*)

*Each class shown is 3 units.
EPC 600Educational Statistics for Research and Measurement
An equivalent statistics class taken in past seven years may be considered at the department's discretion
EPC 430Development and Learning in Early Childhood Education
EPC 612Advanced Study in Child and Adolescent Development
Only one of either EPC 430 or EPC 612 is required. An equivalent 3-unit course may be considered at the department's discretion.
EPC 451Fundamentals of Counseling and Guidance

Admission Requirements for All Masters Programs

The admission requirements for classified standing in all degrees are:

  1. Completion of application and meeting admissions requirements of the University. (Application available at the Admissions Office.) Requirements include:
    1. Acceptable score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)if undergraduate GPA is below 3.0.
    2. Successfully pass the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam.
    3. A Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. Completion of application for admission to the Department graduate programs. See program advisors for specific details. This includes:
    1. Two letters of recommendation.
    2. An admission interview.
    3. Approval by the Department Student Affairs Committee.
  3. Satisfactory completion of prerequisite courses pertinent to the specialization selected,with a grade of B-or better.

Core Program for the M.S. in Counseling (all majors) (24 units*)

*Each class shown is 3 units. A total of 60 units are required for the M.S. degree. An additional 36 units are required for the specialization in Career Counseling. All programs must be approved by the program coordinator. This listing is provided for information purposes only, is subject to change without notice, and is not guaranteed to be correct. The student should consult the university catalog and the program coordinator for further details and course descriptions.
EPC 601Individual and Group Assessment
EPC 602Research Principles
EPC 643Counseling in Cross-Cultural Settings
EPC 655Seminar in Counseling Theory and Practice
EPC 657ASeminar in Career Counseling Theory
EPC 659ACounseling Practicum: Communication
EPC 659BCounseling Practicum: Skills
EPC 671Law and Ethics

Additional Requirements for the M.S. in Counseling with a Specialization in Career Counseling (36 units*)

*All programs must be approved by the program coordinator. This listing is provided for information purposes only, is subject to change without notice, and is not guaranteed to be correct. The student should consult the university catalog and the program coordinator for further details and course descriptions.
EPC 609Human Development:Life Span Perspective (3)
EPC 607Motivation in Learning and Development (3)
EPC 653Measurement for School and Career Counseling (3)
EPC 657BSeminar in Career Counseling Resources (3)
EPC 658Group Counseling (3)
EPC 658LGroup Counseling Lab (1)
EPC 659C & DFieldwork in Career Counseling (1-6)
EPC 660Counseling for Career Adjustment and Change (3)
EPC 662Current Issues in CareerEducation and Counseling (3)
or SPED 622Career Education for the Handicapped (3)
MGT 620Behavior in Organizations (3)
or S0C 400Organizational Analysis (3)
EPC 697Comprehensive Exam (3-6)
or EPC 698Thesis/Graduate Project (3-6)
ElectivesMust be approved by the program coordinator (5)

Suggested Course Sequence by Semester*

Total units required for degree: 60
*All programs must be approved by the program coordinator. This listing is provided for information purposes only, is subject to change without notice, and is not guaranteed to be correct. The student should consult the university catalog and the program coordinator for further details and course descriptions.
Semester 1EPC 602, 655, 657A, 659A
Semester 2EPC 643, 657B, 659B, 653
Semester 3EPC 658/658L, 659C, 607, & MGT 670 or SOC 400
Semester 4EPC 601, 659D, 671, & 662 or SPED 622
Semester 5EPC 607, 660, 606 or 609, & 697 or 698C, ELECTIVE (2 units)
Semester 62 units elective

Certificate in Career Education and Counseling

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The purpose of this certificate is to provide students who have previously completed a masters degree or Pupil Personnel Services Credential or who are concurrently enrolled in a masters degree or credential program in the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling with knowledge and professional skills in career counseling theory, applications, and program development; organizational theory;career and educational information; individual and group vocational assessment; and career counseling for special populations. These areas have been identified by the National Career Development Association (NCDA) as essential competency areas for National Career Counselor Certification (NCCC).

Students completing the program will earn a Certificate in Career Education and Counseling, and will be prepared for employment as career counselors in educational settings, including schools; business, industry and government; community-based agencies and organizations;and career counseling/consulting firms.

Prerequisites for the Certificate Program

Suggested Course Sequence by Semester*

Total units required for the certificate: 27
*All programs must be approved by the program coordinator. This listing is provided for information purposes only, is subject to change without notice, and is not guaranteed to be correct. The student should consult the university catalog and the program coordinator for further details and course descriptions. Students must also complete a professional development requirement.
Semester 1EPC657A Seminar Career Counseling Theory (3)
One of the following:
MGT 670Organizational Behavior and Administration (3) or
SOC 400Social Organization (3) or
EPC 607Motivation in Learning and Development: Theories and Applications in Educational Psychology (3)
Semester 2EPC 653Measurement for School and Career Counseling (3)
EPC 655Seminar in Counseling Theory and Practice (3)
EPC 657BSeminar in Career Counseling Resources (3)
Semester 3EPC 658Seminar in Group Counseling (3)
EPC 658LGroup Counseling Laboratory (1)
EPC 660Counseling for Career Adjustment and Change (3)
Semester 4EPC 662Current Issues in Career Education and Counseling (3) or
SPED 612Special Education for the Handicapped (3)

Professional Development Requirement

In addition to certificate course requirements, students will be expected to complete a minimum of 40 hours of professional development training outside of a classroom setting. Approved training might include conference attendance, seminars, and workshops. Students may not receive certificate validation for professional development training in excess of ten hours per semester.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

As required by federal law, Gainful Employment Disclosure is provided for the Certificate in Career Education and Counseling program.