Educational Psychology & Counseling

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M.S. in College Counseling & Student Services

Program Coordinator: Merril A. Simon, Ph.D

The M.S. degree in counseling with a specialization in CCSS is designed to prepare students for career opportunities in higher education with particular emphasis on positions serving university and community college students on urban campuses. Special attention is given to working with diverse student populations including returning,minority and disabled students. This program is designed for two types of students:(1) for those individuals who desire training for entry level positions in student affairs, and (2) for those who are already experienced professionals in student affairs and wish to increase their theoretical background and range of experience. The program meets the accreditation standards of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP).

Prerequisites for the M.S. Program (all majors) (12 Units*)
*Each class shown is 3 units. Equivalent 3-unit courses may be considered at the department's discretion.
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
PSY 310Abnormal Psychology

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 online at http://www.csumentor.edu/AdmissionApp/)
    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 (on our Prospective Students page). 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 all prerequisite courses pertinent to the specialization selected,with a grade of B-or better.
Core Program for the M.S. in Counseling (21 units*)
*Each class shown is 3 units.
In addition to the courses listed in the above table, an additional 36 units are required for the specialization in College Counseling and Student Services.
A total of 60 units are required for the M.S. degree.
*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
Additional Requirements for the M.S. in Counseling with a Specialization in College Counseling and Student Services (39 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.
ELPS 601American Higher Education (3)
or EPC 695SSpecial Topics in Student Personnel Services (3)
ELPS 605Administration of Programs in Student Services and College Counseling (3)
or EPC 695SSpecial Topics in Student Personnel Services (3)
EPC 606Seminar in Adult Development (3)
or EPC 609Human Development:A Life-Span Perspective (3)
EPC 608Social Psychological Education (3)
or EPC 615Instructional Design (3)
or EPC 653Career Assessment (3)
orApproved Course in Department of Management
EPC 542Meeting the Needs of Students (1)
EPC 543The Reflective Practitioner (1)
EPC 620College Counseling and StudentServices Profession (3)
EPC 622American College Student and Campus Environment (3)
EPC 658Seminar in Group Counseling (3)
EPC 658LGroup Counseling Laboratory (1)
EPC 659JBFieldwork (Supervision of First Year Mentoring Experience) (3)
EPC 659JCFieldwork in College Counseling and Student Services (3)
EPC 659KCFieldwork in College Counseling and Student Services (3)
ElectivesMust be approved by program coordinator (1-4)
EPC 697Directed Comprehensive Studies (3)
or EPC 698Thesis/Graduate Project (3-6)
Suggested Two-Year Course Sequence by Semester*
For full-time students who are not employed beyond internships
*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 1
(Summer)
EPC 542, 543, 657A
Semester 2
(Fall)
EPC 622, 655, 659A, 659JB
Semester 3
(Spring)
EPC 602, 620, 643, 659B
Semester 4
(Summer)
EPC 659S, 609
Semester 5
(Fall)
EPC 601, 658, 658L, 659JC, 698C or Elective (3 units)
Semester 6
(Spring)
EPC 659KC, 698C or Elective (3 units), 608 or 615 or 653 or approved MGT Course, 695S
Semester 7If needed to complete thesis or project