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Master of Science inEducational Counseling

The University of La Verne’s Master of Science in Educational Counseling program prepares graduates to be academically well prepared, ethical, competent, and responsive counselors who can be leaders and advocates that strive to create environments in education and the larger community that support cultural responsiveness, academic achievement, and promote social justice. Educational counselors embrace a holistic approach to maximize the learning environment so that all students can experience success in the academic, college/career readiness and social/emotional domains.

Pupil Personnel Services Credential

Students may complete the Master of Science in Educational Counseling by itself or take two additional units to earn the master’s degree with a Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential specialization in school counseling. The LaFetra College of Education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, and the MS in Educational Counseling program is accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.


Students also have the option to customize the program to meet their professional goals by selecting one of three concentrations:

  • Spanish Bilingual Bicultural Counseling (SBBC)
  • School and Family Based Counseling (SFBC)
  • Social Justice Higher Education (SJHE) Administration


The Master of Science in Educational Counseling coursework will equip candidates with the skills required to address school climate and mental health concerns, specifically culturally-relevant prevention and intervention practices that contribute to increased academic achievement for all students.

Our program supports a culture of caring that includes a strong commitment to equity across the academic, career, personal, and social domains defined by the National Standards for School Counseling.

Emphasis is placed on social justice, mindfulness, creativity, excellence and community involvement with community action research components embedded throughout the coursework. Graduates are trained as advocates, as well as collaborators with families, other educators, and the global community. Through this program, students will increase their capacity for critical thinking and self-reflection. They will develop the courage and skills to challenge biases and stereotypes, to appreciate diversity, and become transformative leaders in schools and communities.

To provide maximum convenience and flexibility, the program is available at several locations throughout California, including La Verne, Bakersfield, Burbank, College of the Canyons, Irvine, and Oxnard.

Courses are programmed late afternoon, evenings, and some weekends to meet the schedules of working students. The program is offered full time and part time.

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