Educational Psychology & Counseling

Masters of Science in Counseling, Option in School Counseling

Application window for Fall 2023 will open October 1, 2022, and close January 13, 2023.

Program Coordinator: Shyrea Minton, Ed.D.

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Counseling with an option in School Counseling is a full-time program consisting of a core of counseling courses designed to prepare students to be counselors in a variety of settings, and specialization courses specifically focused on school counseling. Students entering this program will be prepared to work in PreK-12 public schools as school counselors, as well as in community agencies as professional clinical counselors. The program is driven by a vision for counselors who can develop comprehensive, results-based school counseling programs that promote educational equity and high academic achievement for all students. Program courses are integrated with school-based experiences and activities that prepare counselors to address the personal, social, emotional, career and academic development of PreK-12 students. The program meets the accreditation standards of and is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). At the completion of the program, graduates qualify for the State of California Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential in School Counseling, required to become a School Counselor in PreK-12 education in the State of California. Graduates are eligible to take the National Counselor Examination (NCE) to qualify for certification as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) [additional requirements must be met]. For those graduates with an interest in preparing for clinical practice as a psychotherapist, the option of pursuing a license as a Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in California exists. Clinical coursework and a clinical fieldwork requirement are embedded in the program. Postgraduate work, candidates would be required to complete postgraduate field experience and sit for state examinations.

Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU, and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., Social Security number or taxpayer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements. Information concerning licensure and credentialing requirements is available from the department. See Notice to Students: Licensure and Certification for more information.

Prerequisite requirements to enter the M.S. in Counseling Program, option College Counseling
EPC 451: Fundamentals of Counseling
PSY 310: Abnormal Psychology

Pre-approved Prerequisite Course Equivalency List

Program Requirements

A. Admission Requirements for Classified Standing

1. Complete University application and requirements.

  1.  Have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. Have been in good standing at the last institution attended.
  3. Have at least a 2.5 GPA in the last 60 semester/90 quarter units attempted.
  4. If cumulative undergraduate GPA is less than 3.0, score at or above the 50th percentile on one of the three sections of the aptitude test of the Graduate Record Examination (i.e., verbal, quantitative, or analytical). Applicants to the School Psychology Program are required to take the GRE
  5. Pass Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam by earning a score of 8 or higher or receive a score of 3.0 or above on the Analytical Writing section of the GRE. (Waived until Summer 2023)

2. Complete Department application for admission to graduate programs.

  1.  Submit two recommendations, either as letters or on the departmental form.
  2. Participate in the admission’s interview process.
  3. Be accepted by Counseling Program Faculty.

3. Complete all required prerequisite courses with a grade of “B-” or better within the past 7 years. (Equivalent courses may be substituted for prerequisites.)

  1. EPC 451 Fundamentals of Counseling and Guidance (3)
  2. PSY 310 Abnormal Psychology (3)

B. Requirements for the Master of Science Degree in Counseling

1. Core Program (51 units)

Clinical fieldwork will be completed over two semesters in the final year 

2. Option (18 units)

3. Culminating Experience (3 units)


Total Units Required for the M.S. Degree: 72