2018-2019 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


Adriean Mancillas, Program Coordinator

Jeremy Hart, Terry Richardson, Carol Sullivan

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

Emeriti Faculty

Rita Lee, Sean R. Morgan


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, 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 meeting the CA Basic Skills Requirement (e.g., 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 submitted online within the Counseling program application before the applicant will be considered 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 Basic Skills Requirement (e.g., 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, 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.

The Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) must also be met in order to advance to Classified status. The Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement can be met on the CSU Dominguez Hills campus by obtaining one of the following:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in the United States.
  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited non-US institution where English is the primary language of instruction.
  • Graduate students who earned a 4 or above on the analytical writing component of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).
  • Students from a baccalaureate program offered in non-English speaking university settings can qualify to enter a graduate program by meeting one of the following options: take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieve a score of: 550 (paper-based); 80 (internet-based); 213 (computer-based); or achieve an International English Language Testing System (IETLS) score of 6.5.