Counseling

Program Learning Outcomes

College of Education                  

Division of Graduate Education

 

Master of Science- Counseling

School Counseling Option

College Counseling Option

 

Credentials

Pupil Personnel Services

    School Counseling

    School Counseling with Child Welfare and Attendance

 

 

Certificates

College Counseling

 

Faculty

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

 

Master of Science in Counseling (48-51 units)

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.

 

Degree Requirements

School Counseling Option (48-51 units)

A. Required Courses

Initial Course (3 units):

PPS 525. Group Dynamics for Personal Growth (3)

Foundations (27 units):

SPE 480. Educating Exceptional Children and Youth (3)

GED 500. Research Methods in Education (3)

GED 501. Seminar in Learning and Development (3)

PPS 505. Human Diversity (3)

PPS 508. Law and Ethics in Educational Counseling (3)

PPS 512. Consultation and Collaboration in Multicultural Settings (3)

PPS 515. Counseling Theories (3)

PPS 520. Principles of Education and Psychological Assessment (3)

PPS 535. Seminar in Career and Academic Counseling (3)

Advanced Counseling (15 units):

PPS 530. Seminar in Techniques of Individual Counseling (3)

PPS 540. Seminar in Techniques of Group Counseling (3)

PPS 545. Counseling Children, Youth and Families (3)

PPS 550. Crisis Intervention in Educational Settings (3)

PPS 554. School Counseling Practicum (3)

Capstone Requirement (3-6 units):

PPS 560. MS Capstone Requirement: Comprehensive Exam (3) or

GED 599. Thesis (6)

 

College Counseling Option (48-51 units)

A. Required Courses

Initial Course (3 units):

PPS 525. Group Dynamics for Personal Growth (3)

Foundations (27 units):

SPE 480. Educating Exceptional Children and Youth (3)

GED 500. Research Methods in Education (3)

GED 501. Seminar in Learning and Development (3)

PPS 505. Human Diversity (3)

PPS 508. Law and Ethics in Educational Counseling (3)

PPS 515. Counseling Theories (3)

PPS 520. Principles of Education and Psychological Assessment (3)

PPS 535. Seminar in Career and Academic Counseling (3)

PPS 536. Foundations in College Counseling (3)

Advanced Counseling (15 units):

PPS 530. Seminar in Techniques of Individual Counseling (3)

PPS 537. College Counseling Practicum (3)

PPS 538. Fieldwork in College Counseling (3)

PPS 540. Seminar in Techniques of Group Counseling (3)

PPS 550. Crisis Intervention in Educational Settings (3)

Capstone Requirement (3-6 units)

PPS 560. MS Capstone Requirement: Comprehensive Exam (3) or

GED 599. Thesis (6)

 

B. Additional Degree and Credential Requirements

  1. The Master of Science degrees in Counseling and the PPS credential programs require completion of all courses with a “B” or higher.
  2. The Graduate Writing Competency must be met by all MS degree students within the first year of the program.
  3. Students must maintain continuous enrollment in the university by enrolling in a program course or GED 600 every semester.
  4. The Culminating Experience/Capstone Requirement includes a choice between the comprehensive written examination (within PPS 560) or the completion of a thesis. Students choosing to complete the thesis will need to seek advisement with the program chair prior to beginning a thesis project.
  5. Students must complete all of the requirements for the degree and credential within seven years.
  6. Candidates must adhere to all ethical and professional standards required of the university, professional organizations, and/or accrediting affiliations associated with the degree. Candidates must, at all times, demonstrate high quality interpersonal skills with faculty, staff, fellow students, and others in their field experiences. If candidates fail to meet this requirement, they are subject to disqualification from the program.
  7. In addition to the major requirements, students must meet all university requirements for the Master's degree indicated in the section of the catalog entitled "Graduate Degrees and Postbaccalaureate Studies."

 

Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling (51 units)
with optional Child Welfare and Attendance Authorization (60 units)

The PPS Credential program in School Counseling prepares candidates with the knowledge and skills to promote the academic, social-emotional, and career development of multi-cultural and linguistically diverse pupils in public elementary, middle, and high schools.  The program is accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTCC) to offer both the PPS credential and the Child Welfare and Attendance (CWA) authorization.  The optional CWA specialization authorizes counseling services specifically related to student attendance and truancy prevention and remediation.

Additional Requirements for the PPS Credential in School Counseling (51 units)

  1. Completion of degree requirements and required courses for the MS Counseling, School Counseling option with a “B” or higher.
  2. Passage of the CBEST.
  3. Additional 6 units of fieldwork:

PPS 575. Fieldwork in School Counseling (6)

 

Additional Requirements for the Child Welfare and Attendance Authorization (60 units)

  1. Completion of degree requirements and required courses for the MS Counseling, School Counseling option with a “B” or higher.
  2. Completion of the PPS credential.
  3. Additional 9 units of the following CWA coursework:

PPS 557. Child Welfare and Attendance (3)

PPS 558. School Attendance Improvement and Truancy Remediation: Prevention and Intervention (3)

PPS 555. Child Welfare and Attendance Fieldwork (3)

 

College Counseling Certificate (18 units)

The Certificate in College Counseling consists of six courses that focus on counseling within community colleges and universities, including 300 hours of field based counseling work. The Certificate is primarily designed for School Counseling program students who also wish to obtain experience in College Counseling.

Required Courses

PPS 530. Seminar in Techniques of Individual counseling (3)

PPS 535. Seminar in Career and Academic Counseling (3)

PPS 536. Foundations of College Counseling (3)

PPS 537. College Counseling Practicum (3)

PPS 538. Fieldwork in College Counseling (3)

PPS 550. Crisis Intervention in Educational Settings (3)

 

Course Offerings

The credit value for each course in semester units is indicated for each term by a number in parentheses following the title. For course availability, please see the list of tentative course offerings in the current Class Schedule.

Pupil Personnel Services

Graduate

Graduate standing or consent of the graduate program coordinator is prerequisite to enrollment in graduate (500 level) courses.

PPS 505          Human Diversity (3).

Prerequisite: GED 500, GED 501 and PPS 525.

Examines issues regarding psychosocial reactions to variations in individuals of different life styles toward an understanding and respect for diversity. A critical look at stereotyping and social issues; the nature of prejudice; necessity for advocacy; implications for counselors.

PPS 508          Law and Ethics in Educational Counseling (3).

Examines ethical, legal and professional issues in educational counseling, as well as implications for minority group and cross-cultural counseling.

PPS 512          Consultation and Collaboration in Multicultural Settings (3).

Prerequisite: GED 500, GED 501 and PPS 525.

Prepares counseling students to apply knowledge of theories, models, and processes of consultation, and understand the difference between consultation and collaboration. Skill development in communication, interpersonal, and problem-solving abilities while working with teachers, administrators, families, and other community professionals.

PPS 515          Counseling Theories (3).

Major counseling theories examined and the competencies of each developed for use in helping relations. Emphasis on application in educational and public settings.

PPS 520          Principles of Educational and Psychological Assessment (3).

Examines individual and group standardized tests. Course includes an examination of test theory, test bias, techniques and theories for understanding affective, cognitive, and behavioral characteristics of students. Three hours of seminar per week.

PPS 525          Group Dynamics for Personal Growth (3).

Provides a personal growth experience for students based on readings and group participation. The experiential aspects of the course will provide the basis for an analysis of group dynamics and application of techniques for understanding self and others, as well as developing good interpersonal skills. CR/NC grading. Non-Repeatable.

PPS 530          Seminar in Techniques of Individual Counseling (3).

Prerequisite: PPS 515.

An advanced course in counseling techniques appropriate for use in educational and community settings. Students will practice various counseling techniques used to establish a positive relationship with clients and assist them in making desired life changes. Three hours of seminar per week.

PPS 535          Seminar in Career and Academic Counseling (3).

Provides knowledge and skill in career and academic counseling, with emphasis on the roles of the high school and college counselor in student advisement. Includes overview of college admissions advisement, transfer requirements, computer applications for academic and vocational information, and career theories and assessments.

PPS 536          Foundations of College Counseling (3).

Prerequisite: PPS 525

Examines the role of the college counselor within higher education and provides a conceptual and historical overview of student development, including student affairs, student services, and special populations.

PPS 537          College Counseling Practicum (3).

Prerequisite: PPS 525. Recommended corequisites: PPS 535 and PPS 536

Supervised practice in the varying functions of college counseling, including field based experiences providing academic, personal/social, and career counseling on a college campus. CR/NC grading.

PPS 538          Fieldwork in College Counseling (3).

Prerequisites: PPS 525, PPS 530, PPS 535, PPS 536, PPS 537

Advanced field experience directly related to the functions and responsibilities of college counselors. Experience in a minimum of two different settings within a college campus is required. CR/NC grading.

PPS 540          Seminar in Techniques of Group Counseling (3).

Prerequisites: PPS 515 and PPS 530.

An advanced course in group counseling techniques appropriate for use in educational and community settings. Developmental issues as they relate to counseling. Approaches for remedial and preventive counseling. Three hours of seminar per week.

PPS 545          Counseling Children, Youth and Families (3).

Prerequisites: GED 500, GED 501 and PPS 525.

Advanced techniques appropriate for counseling children youth and families. Exploration of developmental and socio-cultural issues. Prepares counselors for an eclectic approach to assisting children, youth and families in problem-solving.

PPS 550         Crisis Intervention in Educational Settings (3).

Prerequisites: GED 500, GED 501, and PPS 525.

Intensive training in prevention/intervention strategies for educational and community settings with an emphasis on reducing risks associated with violence and crisis.

PPS 554          School Counseling Practicum (3).

Prerequisites: GED 500, GED 501 and PPS 525.

Supervised practice using individual and group counseling interventions for academic, social, emotional, and behavioral problems of children and youth. Candidates participate as leaders of simulated student study teams. CR/NC grading. Three hours of seminar per week.

PPS 555        Child Welfare and Attendance Fieldwork (3).

Corequisites: PPS 557 and PPS 558.

Field experience directly related to the functions and responsibilities of Child Welfare and Attendance counselors. Students will work with pupils to apply and implement school attendance improvement strategies and truancy intervention measures and procedures.

PPS 556          Functional Analysis and Behavior Change (3).

Prerequisites: PPS 512 and PPS 564.

In this advanced course, candidates apply behavioral theory in the analysis of the antecedents, consequences, and functions of serious behavior problems from an ecological perspective. Procedures for designing, implementing and evaluating the effectiveness of academic and/or behavioral accommodations or intervention programs are an emphasis in this course, as are the creation of positive interventions, and the teaching of replacement behaviors based on legal mandates.

PPS 557          Child Welfare and Attendance (3).

Prerequisites: PPS 505, PPS 550, and PPS 554.

Provides knowledge and skill in program leadership and management, collaboration and partnerships, assessment and evaluation of barriers to student learning and monitory Average Daily Attendance, utilizing legal and procedural strategies associated with building maximum levels of school attendance. CR/NC grading.

PPS 558          School Attendance Improvement and Truancy Remediation: Prevention and Intervention (3).

Prerequisite: PPS 557 is recommended.
Corequisite: PPS 557. Students can either take PPS 557 before or concurrently.

Provides knowledge and skill in providing programs and services to remove barriers to learning and improve pupil attendance.  Field experience directly related to the functions and responsibilities of Child Welfare and Attendance counselors is required. CR/NC grading.

PPS 560        MS Capstone Requirement (3).

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

An advanced course providing a comprehensive and critical examination of applied counseling content and skills.  Students will be required to demonstrate competency through oral and written capstone examinations for fulfillment of the degree.

PPS 575       Fieldwork in School Counseling (6).

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Field experience directly related to functions and responsibilities of certificated school counselors. Experience in two different settings, including a cross-cultural experience, is required. CR/NC grading. Repeatable course.