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School Counseling

School Counseling

Program Overview

The School Counseling Option and the Pupil Personnel Services Credential of the Master of Science in Counseling Program prepares school counselors to act as social justice advocates and agents of change in urban schools and diverse multicultural settings. We endorse the use of data-informed decision-making and evidence-based practices to effect systemic change in schools and the community.  As leaders of educational reform and the profession, our school counselors are trained to advocate for equity, achievement, and opportunity for all students. The American School Counselor Association’s (ASCA) National Model, which promotes a balanced, holistic approach that considers the academic, career, and social/emotional development of K-12 students, serves as a base for our program.

The application period for Fall 2020 admissions will open October 1, 2019.  The University and program applications will be due December 1, 2019*. Please note that last year's program application is currently posted and should be used as a reference only.  The Fall 2020 program application will be available October 1, 2019.  Please contact the College of Education Graduate Studies Office at ced-gradstudies@csulb.edu for any questions and to be added to the list to be notified when information sessions are scheduled in late-fall 2019.

*The application deadline is on a Sunday. The University application must be submitted online by the deadline. The Graduate Studies Office is closed on the weekend. The program applications will be accepted through Monday, December 2, 2019. Postmarked program application materials will not be accepted.

Program Highlights

  • Complete Master's degree and PPS credential concurrently
  • Fieldwork component provides opportunity for application of content
  • Cohort model creates a personalized setting for learning and advising

Learning Outcomes

Our graduates are trained to:

  • Facilitate the empowerment of K-12th grade students
  • Create career and college ready cultures on their campuses
  • Be advocates and leaders for access and equity
  • Use data-informed and evidence-based school counseling interventions
  • Provide culturally responsive services
  • Collaborate with parents, teachers, administrators and the community to close the achievement gap

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