Educational Psychology & Counseling

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M.S. in School Counseling

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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*) 
EPC 600 Educational Statistics for Research and Measurement
EPC 314 Psychological Foundations of Education OR
EPC 430 Development and Learning in Early Childhood Education
EPC 451 Fundamentals of Counseling and Guidance
*Each class shown is 3 units

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
EPC 602 Research Principles
EPC 605 Advanced Psychological Foundations of Education OR
EPC 607 Motivation in Learning and Development: Theories and Application in Educational Psychology
EPC 643 Counseling in Cross-Cultural Settings (special school counseling session)
EPC 648 Consultation with Parents, Teachers and Other Human Service Professionals
EPC 655 Counseling Theories (special school counseling section)
EPC 658 Seminar in Group Counseling
EPC 658L Group Counseling Laboratory
EPC 659A Practicum in Counseling - Communication (special school counseling section)
EPC 659B Practicum in Counseling - Skills (special school counseling section)
EPC 659C Fieldwork in Counseling Services (special school counseling section)
EPC 659D Fieldwork in Counseling Services (special school counseling section)
EPC 682 Foundations of School Counseling
EPC 683 Collaborations with Families in Educational Settings
EPC 684 Educational Program Evaluation and Assessment
EPC 687 Career Guidance, College Selection and Technology in School Settings
EPC 688 Measurement and Assessment in School Settings
EPC 689 Leadership in School Counseling
SPED 400 Introduction to Special Education
EPC 698C Thesis/Graduate Project
* 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.
Suggested Course Sequence by Semester*
Year 1
Summer (3 units)EPC 682
Fall (12 units)EPC 605 or 607, 643, 655, 659A
Spring (13 units)EPC 602, 658, 658L, 659B, 683
Year 2
Summer (3 units)SPED 400
Fall (12 units)EPC 659C, 684, 687, 688
Spring (12 units)EPC 648, 659D, 689, 698C
* 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.