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Michael D. Eisner College of Education

Educational Psychology & Counseling

M.S. in School Counseling

School Counseling Student Handbook (.pdf)

The M.S.Degree in Counseling with specialization in School Counseling is designed to prepare students for a career as a school counselor in grades K-12. The California Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling is included within this program. Although completion of the M.S.degree in Counseling is not a requirement for the PPS Credential, the master's degree program allows students to conduct research or program development in areas of selected professional interest.

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

*Each class shown is 3 units.
EPC 600Educational Statistics for Research and Measurement
EPC 314Psychological Foundations of Education
or EPC 430Development and Learning in Early Childhood Education
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.

Course Requirements for the M.S. in Counseling with a Specialization in School Counseling

* The material on this web page is provided for information purposes only, is subject to change without notice and is not guaranteed to be correct or up-to-date. All programs must be approved by the program coordinator. The student should consult the university catalog and program coordinator for further details and course descriptions.
EPC 602Research Principles
EPC 605Advanced Psychological Foundations of Education
or EPC 607Motivation in Learning and Development: Theories and Application in Educational Psychology
EPC 643Counseling in Cross-Cultural Settings (special school counseling session)
EPC 648Consultation with Parents, Teachers and Other Human Service Professionals
EPC 655Counseling Theories (special school counseling section)
EPC 658Seminar in Group Counseling
EPC 658LGroup Counseling Laboratory
EPC 659APracticum in Counseling - Communication (special school counseling section)
EPC 659BPracticum in Counseling - Skills (special school counseling section)
EPC 659CFieldwork in Counseling Services (special school counseling section)
EPC 659DFieldwork in Counseling Services (special school counseling section)
EPC 682Foundations of School Counseling
EPC 683Collaborations with Families in Educational Settings
EPC 684Educational Program Evaluation and Assessment
EPC 687Career Guidance, College Selection and Technology in School Settings
EPC 688Measurement and Assessment in School Settings
EPC 689Leadership in School Counseling
SPED 400Introduction to Special Education
EPC 698CThesis/Graduate Project

Suggested Course Sequence by Semester*

* The material on this web page is provided for information purposes only, is subject to change without notice and is not guaranteed to be correct or up-to-date. All programs must be approved by the program coordinator. The student should consult the university catalog and program coordinator for further details and course descriptions.
Year 1: Summer (3 units)EPC 682
Year 1: Fall (12 units)EPC 605 or 607, 643, 655, 659A
Year 1: Spring (13 units)EPC 602, 658, 658L, 659B, 683
Year 2: Summer (3 units)SPED 400
Year 2: Fall (12 units)EPC 659C, 684, 687, 688
Year 2: Spring (12 units)EPC 648, 659D, 689, 698C