Counseling - Marriage, Family, & Child Counseling Option, M.S.
Department of Counselor Education and Rehabilitation
Song Lee, Chair
Education Building, Room 350
Alicia Beeton, Coordinator, Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling
Education Building, Room 350
Degrees and Programs Offered
CERT in Criminology, Certificate of Adv. Study
CRED in Pupil Personnel Services - Child Welfare Counseling, Credential
CRED in Pupil Personnel Services - School Counseling Credential
CRED in Pupil Personnel Services - Social Work, Credential
CRED in Pupil Personnel Services - School Psychologist
MS in Counseling - Marriage, Family, & Child Counseling Option, M.S.
MS in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling, M.S.
MS in Counseling - School Counseling Option, M.S.
MS in Counseling - Student Affairs & College Counseling Option, M.S.
The Department of Counselor Education and Rehabilitation offers programs and master's degrees in the areas of Counseling and Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling. The programs utilize the services and facilities of community agencies and school districts within the university service area.
Option in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling Requirements
The Master of Science in Counseling is a 60-unit professional degree program designed for persons who desire to practice in the field of counseling. The degree may qualify graduates for employment in private or agency counseling practices, county mental health programs, employee assistance programs, drug and alcohol abuse centers, and hospital mental health settings. Completion of the M.S. in Counseling with an option in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling fulfills the educational requirements for the state of California Marriage and Family Therapist License.
Students seeking licensure should contact their program advisor for information regarding licensing. This degree program is designed to meet the requirements of Division 2, Chapter 13, Section 4980.37 of the California Business and Professions Code. The MFCC option is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Students are qualified to take the National Counselor Exam upon graduation, which is used in the professional counselor licensing process in several states and leads to the National Certified Counselor Credential.
On October 11, 2009, the State of California approved a new mental health counseling license by adopting SB 788: Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), which was sponsored by the American Counseling Association (ACA). It has been approved and signed into law by the Governor. At this time, all coursework required for the LPCC license is offered by the Counselor Education Program. Special advising is required to determine exact coursework and sequencing. This special advising coordinates acquisition of LPCC courses while a student is pursing one of the specific counseling degree options offered by the department.
Coursework required to meet the educational requirements for licensure as a Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) includes ERE 220; COUN 174, 200, 201, 202, 203, 206, 208, 220, 230, 231, 232, 233, 234A-E, 238, 239, and 280T Advanced Mental Health Theories.
Under the direction of a graduate advisor, each student develops and submits an individually designed program within the following framework:
Culminating experience (4 units)
Choose between (a) 4 units of electives plus comprehensive exam,
(b) COUN 298 Project [3 units] plus 1 unit of elective, or (c) COUN 299 Thesis [3 units] plus 1 unit of elective.
Total (60 units)
Note: (1) Practicum must be completed with a grade of B or better. (2) During the semester that students are enrolled in COUN 208, the Clinical Review Committee of program faculty convenes to evaluate students. The criteria for this evaluation are based on skills and qualities considered appropriate for entry-level counselors. Students may be asked to leave the program if committee recommendations are not met. Students will not be allowed to advance to candidacy until they pass the clinical review. (3) Students meet the Graduate Writing Requirement by passing the writing component of COUN 206. Please refer to the specific counseling program's Student Handbook for additional information regarding the Graduate Writing Requirement and appeals process.
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