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 Education, School and College Counseling

The Master's in School and College Counseling program provides preparation for public and private school service, as students learn not only counseling and consultation skills but also how to build helping relationships. Coursework meets all standards required for the California Pupil Personnel Services (PPS), School of Counseling Credential.

School Counseling & Educational Justice

This program fuses school counseling training with a deep understanding of educational justice and its applications in the modern educational landscape. Students can choose to pursue the K-12 counseling track, the college track, or both. Rigorous fieldwork offers hands-on experience essential for career preparation in public and private school service and/or college and community college settings.

Master's in School and College Counseling

At the University of Redlands, our School of Education trains California's future school counselors not only to become empathetic and responsible advocates for students but also to develop a deep and holistic understanding of the role that educational justice plays within the field of school and college counseling. Our curriculum nurtures a deep awareness of the ways in which social and economic structures alter educational opportunities. Students learn to incorporate this knowledge into traditional school counseling techniques through our robust curriculum.

With three tracks offering flexibility to match a student's career goals, our graduates are prepared to begin careers as school counselors in K-12, community college, and four-year college settings. Coursework also meets all standards required for a California Pupil Personnel Services (PPS), School Counseling Credential.

Admission Requirements

The MA in Education, School and College Counseling applications will be reviewed only twice: in March and in June. Priority will be given to applicants who have a complete application ready by the March 4, 2019 deadline. Space may not be available in the program for later applicants. Specific application requirements include:

  1. Personal Statement: Essay of 500 words describing personal experience and interests in school or college counseling.
  2. Evidence of Certificate of Clearance issued by CCTC.
  3. Negative TB Test Result.
  4. CBEST (School Counseling Track): For students not pursuing the PPS credential, registration for the CBEST is required. For students pursuing the PPS credential, the CBEST must be passed prior to admission.
  5. CBEST (College Counseling Track): Students pursuing ONLY the College Counseling Track are not required to take the CBEST.
  6. 3.0 GPA.

Visit the admission information page for general application requirements to the Department of Counseling and Human Services.

Learn more about the Master of Arts in Education, School and College Counseling

The Master of Arts in Education, School and College Counseling program focuses on educational justice while training graduates in the counseling, consultation, and relationship-building skills required to pursue a career as an effective school counselor. Our graduates understand the different needs of diverse students and appreciate the wide variety of journeys each student has traveled. Through our distinct combination of educational justice with counseling training, our graduates are uniquely equipped to advocate for and serve students from a wide range of backgrounds. To learn more about the program, request information today. 

Program Overview and Pathways

The Master of Arts in Education, School and College Counseling program prepares students for careers in a range of educational settings through intensive training in counseling and consultation. This program is accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and includes an extensive fieldwork requirement that grants students confidence in their abilities to step immediately into their desired career path and provide the best possible care and service to their students.

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:

K-12 Counseling Emphasis with PPS Credential (48 Units) + 600 Fieldwork hours

College Counseling Emphasis (48 Units) + 400 Fieldwork hours

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 to 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:

  1. Develop, plan, implement, and evaluate a school counseling and guidance program that includes academic, career, personal, and social development
  2. Advocate for the high academic achievement and social development of all students
  3. Provide schoolwide prevention and intervention strategies and counseling services
  4. Provide consultation, training, and staff development to teachers and parents regarding students’ needs
  5. Supervise a district-approved advisory program as described in California Education Code, Section 49600

Learn more about this credential and how it can impact your career as an educator.

Campus Locations

The Master of Arts in Education, School and College Counseling is offered at the following campuses:  

  1. Redlands (Main Campus)
  2. Riverside

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Program Requirements and Handbook

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

Fall 2018 Counseling Program 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.