Master of Science in Counseling

Coordinator:
Kyle Weir

Phone:
(559) 278-0169

Pupil Personnel Services Credential

Coordinator:
Sarah Lam

Phone:
559.278.0171

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Master of Science in Counseling

Dr. Kyle Weir, Coordinator
Counselor Education Program

Option in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling

This 60-unit program provides preparation for a career as a counselor specializing in marriage and family therapy (including child counseling) in public or private agencies, or in private practice. Completion of this program satisfies the approved degree title requirements for the California Marriage, Family and Child Counseling (MFCC) license. Students need to be aware that the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) has additional requirements for this license. The MFCC program is Accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Program Success:

In 2013-2014, the program graduated 52 students, 100% of students who took the National Counselor Examination (NCE) passed the exam and the job placement rate was approximately 50%. 

Option in School Counseling

The Option in School Counseling is a 48-unit program designed for individuals seeking advanced preparation for careers in educational settings (K-12).

The School Counseling option is designed to complement the Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPS) curriculum and is intended to enhance preparation of public and private school counselors. The PPS credential is required of those seeking employment as counselors in the K-12 public schools.

Preparation for the School Counseling option requires knowledge of individual and group dynamics, advising practices in specialized settings, and an understanding of the developmental issues associated with students' maturation process. It requires an appreciation of organizational dynamics and a firm foundation in counseling theory as well as acquisition of counseling skills appropriate for use with students from diverse populations and backgrounds.

Option in Student Affairs and College Counseling

Dr. Malik Raheem, Path Facilitator

The Option in Student Affairs and College Counseling is a 48-unit program designed for individuals seeking advanced preparation for careers in post-secondary and related settings.

The Student Affairs and College Counseling Option is designed to prepare individuals for employment as student service professionals in four-year university and community college. Graduates with this degree option are prepared for employment in the multi- faceted arena of post-secondary education.

Preparation for the Student Affairs and College Counseling option requires knowledge of individual and group dynamics, advising practices in specialized settings, and an understanding of the developmental issues associated with students' maturation process. It requires an appreciation of organizational dynamics and a firm foundation in counseling theory as well as acquisition of counseling skills appropriate for use with students from diverse populations and backgrounds. In addition, counselors are also required to know, understand, and address the impact of crises, disasters, and trauma-causing events on students in the post-secondary community. The 2009 Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) standards includes content in crises management (suicide, disasters, and substance abuse).

Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPS)

Dr. Sarah Lam, Coordinator

The Pupil Personnel Services Credential is required for employment as a counselor in elementary, middle/intermediate, and secondary public schools in California. This credential may be attained in conjunction with a master's degree, or may itself be the educational objective. Some California school districts stipulate that applicants have either prior teaching experience or a master's degree or both to be employed as a counselor, but this is not mandated by law.

The PPS Credential Program consists of 48 units, most of which overlap with coursework taken for the MS in Counseling: Option in Student Affairs and College Counseling or MS in Counseling: School Counseling.