2017-2018 Catalog


Counseling Program Learning Outcomes

College of Education 

Division of Graduate Education

Master of Science- Counseling

School Counseling Option
College Counseling Option


Pupil Personnel Services

School Counseling

School Counseling with Child Welfare and Attendance


College Counseling


Anthony Normore, Department Chair
Ann Chlebicki, Max Contreras, Farah Fisher, Leena Furtado, Antonia Issa-Lahera, Adriean Mancillas, Alice Terry Richardson

Department Office: COE 1410, (310) 243-3524

Emeriti Faculty

Edith Buchanan, Muriel P. Carrison, James L. Cooper, Peter Desberg, Hymen C. Goldman, Deanna S. Hanson, Marjorie Holden, Judith Jackson, Rita Lee, Suzanne Medina, Sean R. Morgan, James C. Parker (in memoriam), Karlton Skinrud, Judson H. Taylor, George Walker

Program Description

The Master of Science in Counseling program prepares students for careers in a variety of educational counseling settings. Students can choose to specialize in School (pK-12) or College specializations, and are able to concurrently pursue a Certificate in College Counseling and the Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential, which is required to function as a School Counselor in the public schools.
The program is designed to provide students with a broad conceptual knowledge base and the development of specific counseling skills applicable to a diversity of populations and counseling needs. The program stresses the importance of self-awareness, reflective examination, and interpersonal and professional growth in order to provide a comprehensive preparation in educational counseling.

Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures and Requirements for the MS Degree and PPS Credential

All applicants will be applying for the Master’s degree (unless they already hold a Master’s degree in Counseling, Psychology, Social Work, or Education and do not wish to pursue a second Master’s). Applicants also applying to the PPS credential in School Counseling must have proof of CBEST. Admission to the program does not automatically guarantee completion of the degree program, fieldwork, credential, or certificate if there are any interpersonal, intrapersonal, or psychological difficulties that might inhibit the effectiveness of the candidate’s role as a counselor.

A. Submission of university application and supporting documents
B. Application to the Program
The following items are required to be filed in the College of Education Student Services Center before the applicant will be reviewed for program admission.
1. Program application
2. Official set of transcripts showing BA degree (from a regionally accredited college or university) and any post-baccalaureate or graduate work.
3. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 or better in all undergraduate and if applicable, graduate coursework (or a minimum combined score of 300 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (Revised) Verbal and Quantitative Tests.
4. Three professional recommendations from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s potential as a counselor.
5. Statement of Purpose (3-5 page minimum).
6. Small group interview.
7. A valid certificate of clearance or teaching credential.
8. For PPS credential applicants, passage of the CBEST must be included.

Conditionally Classified and Classified Standing

Students who satisfy the above requirements of program admission will be admitted as Conditionally Classified. Upon successful completion of PPS 525 Group Dynamics for Personal Growth and the Graduate Writing Competency requirement, students will qualify for Classified Status in the program. Candidates who fail to demonstrate appropriate professional dispositions at any time are subject to disqualification from the program. Should the candidate wish to continue in the program, the program faculty will require the fulfillment of a remediation plan before the candidate can reapply. After one year from the time of not passing a course or from being disqualified based on dispositional concerns, the candidate may reapply to the program if he or she has satisfactorily completed the remediation plan.