The Master of Arts in Education, School Counseling program trains candidates 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), School Counseling Credential.

School Counseling

Three tracks provide students with a choice between K-12 counseling, college track or both. This program offers training in counseling, consultation, and helping relationships. Provides general counseling preparation for public and private school service, and/or college and community college settings. Rigorous fieldwork offers hands-on experience.

Master of Arts in School and College Counseling

Our K-12 and college counseling tracks involve training in counseling and consultation to prepare students for counseling positions in school settings ranging from primary to post-secondary. Coursework meets all standards required for a California Pupil Personnel Services (PPS), School Counseling Credential.

Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Education, School Counseling program involves training in counseling and consultation to prepare students for counseling positions in a range of educational settings. This program is accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Coursework within this two-year program meets all standards required for a California Pupil Personnel Services, School Counseling credential.

3 tracks to fit your needs: 

The Counseling program prepares students to work as counselors in a variety of settings including public and private schools. All students will complete the core counseling curriculum with an option to specialize in the following areas:

Option 1: K-12 Counseling Emphasis with PPS Credential (48 UNITS) + 600 Fieldwork hours

Option 2: College Counseling Emphasis (48 UNITS) + 400 Fieldwork Hours

Option 3: K-12 Counseling with PPS & College Counseling Emphasis (54 UNITS) + 600 Fieldwork Hours

As of Fall 2019, students beginning counseling programs are advised to plan their courses according the the pathways posted below: 

Effective Fall 2019: MA School Counseling Combo Pathway

Effective Fall 2019: MA School Counseling K-12 Pathway

Effective Fall 2019: MA School Counseling College Pathway

Pupil Personnel Service Credential

According to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, certified specialist in pupil personnel services (PPS) in school counseling are prepared to be pupil advocates and to provide prevention and intervention strategies to remove barriers to learning. These professionals, in partnership with other educators, parents and members of the community, maintain high expectations for all students, enable pupils to reach their highest potential, foster optimum teaching and learning conditions, and strive to prevent school failure.  

The credential specialization in School Counseling authorizes the holder to perform the following duties:

Develop, plan, implement, and evaluate a school counseling and guidance program that includes academic, career, personal, and social development

Advocate for the high academic achievement and social development of all students

Provide schoolwide prevention and intervention strategies and counseling services

Provide consultation, training, and staff development to teachers and parents regarding students’ needs

Supervise a district-approved advisory program as described in California Education Code, Section 49600

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Campuses

Campus Locations 

School Counseling is offered in the following campuses:  

Redlands (University Campus)

Riverside

Program Requirements/Handbooks

Requirements for the School Counseling programs range from 48-54 units. Each emphasis has a fieldwork requirement in which students are required to accumulate 400-600 fieldwork hours, depending on the chosen emphasis. See below for specifics within the respective handbook. 

Fall 2014/Fall 2015 Counseling Handbook

Fall 2016 Counseling Handbook 

Fall 2017 Counseling Handbook

Fall 2018 Counseling Handbook

Program Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with an MA in Counseling should be able to:

1. Evaluate student academic, personal, and vocational functioning using appropriate assessment procedures.

2. Specify how a range of the best-established, evidence-based counseling models would be used with diverse student populations.

3. Utilize both self awareness and sensitivity to their interpersonal impacts when interacting with whom they serve.

4. Draw from the relevant research literature to inform their professional practice.

5. Use the ethical standards of the American School Counseling Association to identify and resolve ethical conflicts.

6. Demonstrate identity as a professional school counselor through appropriate integration of the roles of counselor, consultant, collaborator, and student advocate.

7. Identify students affected by inequities and advocate for them as appropriate.