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Program Requirements

The program consists of a minimum of 51 units. A program planner will be provided to each student upon admission. Each Fall and Spring semester, students typically enroll in 4 courses. Summer enrollment is optional; there is limited availability of summer courses. School Counseling program courses are typically offered weeknights from 4:00-6:45PM or from 7:00-9:45PM, subject to change. Please note that the practicum and fieldwork experiences require that students be available to complete hours during the typical K-12 public school day (8AM-3PM).

 

Eligibility to Apply

The following are required for admission to the program:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in a behavioral science, education, or related field.
  • Minimum 2.85 overall grade point average in last degree (not credential or certificate) earned from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • Meet the Basic Skills Requirement or attempt the CBEST prior to applying to the program. For additional information, please see Basic Skills Requirement for School Counseling.
  • International applicants have additional university application requirements including meeting the English language proficiency requirement. Please visit The Center for International Education (CIE) website at www.csulb.edu/cie for more information.
  • Please note a current Certificate of Clearance is required for Practicum and Fieldwork. This will require a background check. The Certificate of Clearance is not required in order to apply or to be admitted, however applicants need to be aware of this requirement and will need to obtain the Certificate of Clearance once admitted.

Prerequisites

There are no course prerequisites for the program. 

Course Requirements

Take all of the following (51-57 units):

  • COUN 506 - Counseling in School Settings (3 units)
  • COUN 507 - Career and Academic Counseling in K-12 Settings (3 units)
  • COUN 510 - Law and Ethics for Counselors (3 units)
  • COUN 513 - Introduction to Clinical Interviewing (3 units)
  • COUN 515 - Counseling Theories (3 units)
  • COUN 555 - Cross-Cultural Counseling (3 units)
  • COUN 606 - Current Issues in Professional School Counseling (3 units)
  • COUN 607 -  School Counseling Practicum (3)
  • COUN 638 - Group Counseling (3 units)
  • COUN 643A - Counseling Field Work (School Counseling) (3 units)
  • COUN 644A - Advanced Counseling Field Work (Advanced School Counseling) (3 units)
  • COUN 695C - Integrative Seminar in Professional School Counseling (3 units)
  • EDP 400 - Introduction to Educational Research (3 units)
  • EDP 520 - Quantitative Research Methods in Education (3 units)
  • EDP 536 - Collaborative Consultation in the Schools (3 units)
  • EDP 596 - Program Evaluation in Education (3 units)
  • EDP 604 - Seminar in Human Development (3 units)

Culminating Experience (select one option):

  • Thesis Option- EDP 698(6 units, completed over 2 semesters)

or

  • Comprehensive Examination (0 units, taken in last semester)

Completion of this program signifies that one has met the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) requirements for obtaining a Pupil Personnel Services School Counseling Credential, and qualifies the graduate to work as a school counselor in public and private school settings, K-12. The curriculum also covers all areas of the National Certified School Counselor examination.

Course Descriptions

Please see the University Catalog for course descriptions.

Typical Schedule

Please note this is a typical course schedule for a student. Once admitted to the program, students are assigned a faculty advisor. A program planner will be provided to each student upon admission. 

Year 1: Fall

  • EDP 400 Introduction to Educational Research
  • COUN 506 Counseling in School Settings
  • COUN 513 Introduction to Clinical Interviewing
  • COUN 515 Counseling Theory

Year 1: Spring

  • EDP 520 Research Methods in Education
  • COUN 510 Laws and Ethics for Counselors
  • COUN 507 Career and Academic Counseling in K12 Settings
  • COUN 607 School Counseling Practicum

Summer Session

  • COUN 638 Group Counseling

Year 2: Fall

  • COUN 606 Current Issues in Professional School Counseling
  • COUN 555 Cross Cultural Counseling
  • COUN 643A School Counseling Fieldwork
  • EDP 596 Program Evaluation in Education
  • EDP 698 (if Thesis)

Year 2: Spring

  • COUN 644A Advanced School Counseling Field Work
  • COUN 695C Integrative Seminar in Professional School Counseling
  • EDP 536 Collaborative Consultation in the Schools
  • EDP 604 Seminar in Human Development
  • EDP 698 (if Thesis) or Take Comprehensive Exam