Counseling/Pupil Personnel Services

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School/College Counseling Program Information Session:


RSVP to the Graduate Education Office at 310-243-3524

The School/College Counseling program admits new students twice a year for the Fall and Spring terms.

  • For Fall Admission - Early application deadline (for priority review): January 15. The Final application deadline for Fall is March 1.
  • For Spring Admission - applications are due October 1.
  • Both the University (csumentor) application and the Program application must be received by the deadline for consideration.

Please contact the Graduate Education Office for more information: (310) 243-3524.

Guiding students to success.

The Counseling and Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) graduate programs at CSUDH's College of Education prepare educators to work successfully with culturally and linguistically diverse learners in urban schools grade Pre-K through 12 as school counselors, as well as college counselors in community colleges and universities. Valued and hired by public school districts throughout greater Los Angeles, as well as private schools and institutions of higher education, our Counseling graduates are recognized for their professional standards, collaborative skills and commitment to educational equality for all learners.

Features of the Counseling and PPS Programs include:

MA in Education with a Counseling Option

Counseling candidates pursuing an MA in Education with a Counseling Option build a solid foundation of skills, knowledge and experiences to advance in a career in a variety of counseling organizations, including two- and four-year colleges and universities, as well as public and private service agencies. Candidates develop a broad conceptual knowledge base in counseling while building specific counseling skills required to reach their career goals.

Specialized Credential in Pupil Personnel Services (PPS), School Counseling, Optional authorization in Child Welfare and Attendance (CWA)

Candidates completing the MA in Education with a specialization in Counseling have the option to simultaneously earn a PPS Credential in School Counseling. The PPS Credential Program equips candidates with the knowledge and skills to promote the personal, social and academic development of multicultural and linguistically diverse pupils in public schools. Candidates completing the PPS Credential also have the option of earning an authorization in Child Welfare and Attendance (CWA). The CWA authorization prepares candidates with the specialized training to assist pupils with school attendance and truancy concerns. CWA Flyer [PDF]

Theory into Practice

Blending theory and practice, our Counseling courses include assignments and projects that integrate research, practice, reflective and experiential learning and field-based experience. Through field experiences in schools, colleges and other community agencies, Counseling and PPS candidates have a range of opportunities to gain valuable firsthand experience with students in educational settings.

Evolving Curriculum

By continually assessing and evaluating the needs of local urban schools, the Counseling coursework and training remain relevant and connected to the current demands of school districts as well as the communities they serve. Candidates finish the program well prepared to anticipate and address emerging as well as existing challenges learners face in today's urban high-needs schools.