Master of Arts in Education: School and College Counseling

The Master of Arts in Education: School and College Counseling program provides preparation for 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 Counseling Credential.

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 one of the three program tracks offered: the Pre-K-12 counseling track, the college counseling track, or the combo track. Rigorous fieldwork offers hands-on experience essential for career preparation in public and private school service and/or college and community college settings.

Program Highlights

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 Pre-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.

Courses are offered in the evenings at the Redlands' main campus and at the Riverside regional campus. All college counseling and combo track students will be required to take a select number of courses at the Redlands' main campus. Please refer to the program pathways below to identify the courses offered only at the Redlands' main campus.

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 this degree program and how it may fit your needs, request information today! 

Admissions Requirements

Important Deadline Information:  Please refer to the Application and Enrollment Calendar for deadlines.

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1. Completed application 

2. Evidence of a bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited institution 

3. Evidence of a 3.0 undergraduate GPA or an approved petition - One (1) official transcript issued by the Registrar of each institution attended, sent directly to the Office of Graduate and Professional Enrollment  

4. Two (2) letters of recommendation from faculty or professionals who know your work 

5. Personal Statement: Essay of 500 words describing personal experience and interests in school or college counseling. 

6. Evidence of Certificate of Clearance issued by CCTC 

7. Evidence of negative TB test results within the last two years 

8. For School Counseling Pre-K-12 and Combo Track only: Meet the Basic Skills Requirement 

Program Overview

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.

Candidates may choose to complete the master's degree program with or without the requirements for the Pupil Personnel Services Credential.

  • Effective Fall 2021, the required number of fieldwork hours increased to 800 for the Pupil Personnel Services School Counseling Credential only program and Master's in Education: School Counseling programs (Pre-K-12 and Combo [Pre-K-12/college] emphases).
  • Effective Fall 2021, the required number of fieldwork hours increased to 600 for the Master's in Education: School Counseling (College emphasis) program.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the School and College Counseling program will 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.

Coursework & Program Pathways

The coursework and field experience segments of the program are delivered in a prescribed sequence. Pathways are recommended for timely program completion. All students will complete the core counseling curriculum and courses specialized for their program track. 

For course descriptions, please view the most recent university catalog.

School Counseling Pre-K-12 Track Program Pathway >

School Counseling College Track Program Pathway >

School Counseling Combo Track Program Pathway >


Pupil Personnel Service Credential

According to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, certified specialists with 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 >