Master of Arts in Education School Counseling

The Master of Arts in Education School Counseling program consists of 48 credits and 600 documented fieldwork hours and involves training in counseling, consultation, and helping relationships. The program provides general counseling preparation for public and private school service. Coursework meets all standards required for a California Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential.

In the School Counseling program, students may combine the degree and credential, earn a master’s degree only, or obtain a Pupil Personnel Services Credential, provided they already have a master’s degree. The master’s degree consists of 48 credits plus 600 documented fieldwork hours beyond the classroom. Twelve of the 48 credits are the core graduate courses and the remaining 36 credits are counseling-based and required for the PPS Credential. Those with master’s degrees who are earning only the PPS Credential usually have a credit requirement which ranges from 15 to 27, depending on the type of master’s degree the student has already earned. The 600 fieldwork hours are required for each option, and credential candidates must ensure at least two-thirds of their fieldwork hours are completed in PreK–12 school settings.

Although a California teacher credential is not required for the PPS Credential, successful completion of the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) is a prerequisite to enter the program. Also, candidates for the PPS program must apply for a Certificate of Clearance and need evidence of a negative TB test dated within the past two years when they initially enroll in the program. Additionally, students must pass a comprehensive Counselor Preparation Comprehensive examination (CPCE).

Please refer to program handbook for additional information and requirements.

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