Online Application Submission
Steps in the Application Process
The Statement of Purpose prompt and other required materials may be found under the "Program Application Materials on MyCED" below.
Completed applications must be submitted by the following deadlines:
Application period began: October 1, 2023
- Cal State Apply Application due date: December 1, 2023
- MyCED Application due date: December 11, 2023
Applications are not accepted after the deadline.
Use Cal State Apply to apply and be sure to complete all components of the application by the published deadline.
The Cal State Apply dashboard is divided into four sections:
- Personal Information: contact information, biographic information and financial information, etc.
- Academic History: colleges attended, GPAs, etc.; do not hand-enter transcript information
- Supporting Information: enter “I am not adding any experiences”
- Program Materials: enter "I am not adding any documents" (these will be submitted on MyCED)
Please refer the tutorial on the GSO Tips and Tutorials for Applying website for tips on filling out these sections of Cal State Apply. Please also refer below for detailed information for what documents to submit for the program materials.
Lastly, there is a non-refundable $70 application fee. Your application will not be processed until this fee has been paid. Please note that the CSU system does not offer a fee waiver for graduate level applications.
Important: you may only apply to one graduate program per CSU. If you are unsure about which program is best for you, contact the Graduate Studies Office.
For technical assistance with Cal State Apply, please contact the Cal State Apply Help Desk: (857) 304-2087, via email, or visit the Cal State Apply Applicant Help Center. Cal State Apply Application Support is available Monday – Friday, 6:00AM – 5:00PM PT.
After you complete and submit the CSULB Cal State Apply application, please upload supplementary program application materials via MyCED by the MyCED program application deadline:
- Statement of purpose (prompt provided below)
- Self-attest to meeting Basic Skills Requirement
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need technical support navigating MyCED.
Statement of Purpose Prompt
Submit a 3 to 4 page double-spaced, 12-point font statement of purpose. This statement should reflect a clear, focused, and comprehensive profile of you as a person and a prospective school counselor. Number the pages and include your first and last name as a header or footer on each page. Organize your statement into 5 to 6 sections using the following headings:
1. Work and Educational Experience
Describe your educational, work, and volunteer experiences that have contributed to your development as a future school counselor.
2. Personal and Life Influences
Describe the experiences, people, and other influences that have shaped your decision to select the school counseling profession as your career goal.
3. School Counselor Role
Describe your perception of a school counselor’s role and responsibilities including activities you expect to be doing as a school counselor.
4. Strengths and Areas for Development
The school counseling program focuses on student growth in knowledge and skills. Describe yourself candidly in terms of your strengths and areas for growth in the following areas: 1) social- emotional skills 2) academic skills and 3) multi-cultural awareness Include plans for addressing areas identified for development.
5. Career Aspirations
Describe where you see yourself five years from now, after you have graduated from the CSULB School Counseling Program. Where will you be working? What will your role(s) be? What impact will you have made in your profession?
6. Optional: Background of GPA
Please share any contextual information about individual elements of your GPA and/or your overall GPA.
Need help with writing your Statement of Purpose? Visit our website for tips and resources: GSO Tips and Tutorials for Applying website
Please upload the most recent copy of your résumé.
Need help with updating your résumé? Visit our website for tips and resources: GSO Tips and Tutorials for Applying website
Basic Skills Requirement
Self-attest to meeting each of the three required sections of the Basic Skills Requirement by submitting the Basic Skills Requirement Worksheet on MyCED:
Please visit our Basic Skills Requirement website for more information.
Be prepared to enter the names and e-mail addresses for two recommenders. Recommendations due by December 11, 2023. You may complete and submit your MyCED application before your recommenders submit their letters.
Who to ask
Recommendations are preferred from a supervisor in a professional setting, a university faculty member, or someone in a professional capacity that can speak to your qualities and character that will make you a good candidate for the program and the school counseling profession. Recommendations should not be submitted by family members or personal friends. We encourage you to seek the strongest possible letters regardless of the source. Therefore, we suggest speaking with your recommenders before completing this section.
Once you have entered and saved information for a recommender, an email request from MyCED will automatically be sent to the recommender on your behalf. Please advise your recommender to look for this email in their inbox, as well as their spam or junk-mail folder, as emails do occasionally get filtered out.
Your recommenders will be instructed to respond to the following statement:
Please provide an accurate assessment of the applicant’s skills, strengths, and areas in need of improvement relevant to being successful in graduate school and in a career in school counseling. Your candid comments will enhance our ability to more effectively evaluate the applicant’s file and are greatly appreciated.