Major (08263) Academic Plan Code (331042MSS)
Submit the following in the supplementary program application:
- Three letters of recommendation;
- Personal statement;
- Curriculum vitae, resume, or expereince profile document.
For more information contact:
Department of Counseling and School Psychology
The Master of Science in School Counseling includes coursework and experiences designed to meet the competencies required for the California Pupil Personnel Services Credential (Credential Code: 00802). This credential authorizes the holder to function as a school counselor in grades K through 12. Applicant must apply for the Master of Science in School Counseling and the California Pupil Personnel Services Credential (Credential Code: 00802). Additional information may be obtained from the Department of Counseling and School Psychology or the director of the school counseling program. The sequence of the degree must be planned in consultation with the program director. The M.S. and credential has a minimum of 60 units of 500-, 600-, and 700- numbered courses, including:
Specific Requirements for the Master of Science in School Counseling
- Admission to the university and the Department of Counseling and School Psychology for concentrated study in school counseling.
- Related undergraduate coursework in anthropology, child development, cultural studies, education, ethnic studies, psychology, and sociology is recommended.
- Students must pass the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) prior to program completion. This examination is required by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Booklets containing registration forms and test information are available at http://www.ctcexams.nesinc.com/.
- The student must present the Certificate of Clearance from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing prior to beginning the sequence of study. Consult the credential analysts in the Office for Student Success.
Students must maintain the minimum university requirement of 3.0 GPA. Students must receive a grade of B- or better (Cr for credit/no credit graded courses) in every course to document attainment of the competencies required for the Pupil Personnel Services Credential. Students not meeting this requirement must immediately consult the department chair or the director of the school counseling concentration. In addition, three grades of B- or lower (including NC) are grounds for dismissal from the program regardless of the student’s overall GPA.
Adherence to the ethical principles of the American School Counselor Association is mandatory. Students who knowingly or unknowingly violate any part of the ethical code may be dismissed from the program without further qualification regardless of coursework or other academic achievement. A copy of the ethical principles is included in the student handbook distributed at orientation.
In addition to the required courses and experiences, the student must pass all components of the CBEST to be eligible for the credential.