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Program Options

There are five options offered within the Master of Science in Educational Counseling program in the LaFetra College of Education. Each option is designed to develop academically well-prepared counselors in a school setting, stressing the development of graduates who can be leaders, advocates and social change agents in education and the larger community. Foundation and mastery courses within these programs are designed to meet the needs of California’s diverse community.

A benefit is that candidates have the opportunity to complete a California Pupil Personnel Service Credential (PPS) specialization in School Counseling offering the potential to garner employment while finishing the master’s degree. Candidates also have the opportunity to pursue an internship status as Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC) issued by the Board of Behavioral Sciences to garner additional employment opportunities while finishing the master’s degree. Additionally, individuals who possess a clear Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential may apply for an advance PPS credential in Child Welfare and Attendance (pending final approval by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing).

Educational Counseling, M.S. A 46-unit master’s degree preparing qualified graduates to serve in community based organizations or colleges.
Educational Counseling, M.S. with Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPS) A 48-unit master’s degree and credential that has been approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and prepares qualified candidates to become professional school counselors in grades K-12.
Educational Counseling, M.S. with PPS Credential with a concentration in Spanish Bilingual Bicultural Counseling (SBBC) A 57-unit master’s degree and credential designed for individuals interested in working with Latinx students in California schools. Graduates are provided with a unique experience and emphasis in counseling students and their families who are Spanish speakers.
Educational Counseling, M.S. with PPS Credential with a concentration in School and Family Based Counseling (SFBC) A 60-unit master’s degree and credential designed to prepare candidates to work in schools and clinical settings. Coursework includes in-depth training in issues related to educational and clinical counseling. This concentration provides students with the necessary coursework to prepare for the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) licensure exams and to seek out supervision for post-degree 3,000 professional experience.
Educational Counseling, M.S. with PPS Credential and Social Justice Higher Education (SJHE) Administration concentration.
A 60-unit master’s degree and PPS credential designed for individuals interested in working in higher education at two-year and four-year institutions. Concentration content includes counseling diverse populations, group dynamics, high impact practices, support advising, and referral and social justice advocacy.