School Counseling & School Psychology

Two ways to make an impact in schools.

Are you interested in working with elementary, middle, or high school students? We give you the option of earning a Master of Arts (MA) in Counseling, with a specialization in School Counseling or School Psychology.

Both specializations include receiving a Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPSC) necessary to work as a School Counselor or School Psychologist in PreK-12 California public schools. Credentials are awarded through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).

 

School Counseling PPSC

PPSC candidates in the School Counseling specialization acquire the knowledge and skills to become competent school-based mental health professionals and social justice advocates through a program of study aligned with the American School Counselor Association’s (ASCA) National Standards, which focus on the academic, career, and personal/social development of PreK-12 students. Our candidates learn about the history, theories, and research behind the field of counseling and specifically professional school counseling, and gain a variety of tools to support the success of public and private school students from diverse populations and contexts; these tools include academic advising, college and career development, and counseling services at individual, group, classroom, and school-wide levels on relevant personal/social issues affecting PreK-12 students and their families. In keeping with CCTC requirements, our program gives primary emphasis to helping public school pupils achieve academic success by emphasizing the importance of academic advising.

What courses will you take?

These courses fulfill the CCTC requirements for the School Counseling PPS Credential: 
40 units of core courses, plus 20 School Counseling specific units (below), for a minimum of 60 units:

  • COUN 235: School Counseling Practicum and Action Research (3 units)
  • COUN 239: Psychological Perspectives of Gender (2 units)
  • COUN 251: Treatment of Children (3 units)
  • COUN 253: School Counseling (3 units)
  • COUN 524: Systems Consultation (3 units)
  • COUN 530: Counseling Field Experience (6 units)

See standard plans of study at the bottom of this page.

 

School Psychology PPSC

PPSC candidates in the School Psychology specialization acquire the knowledge and skills to become competent school psychologists and social justice advocates in PreK-12 schools. Our program of study is aligned with the National Association of School Psychologists’ (NASP) Model for Comprehensive and Integrated Psychological Services which focuses on data-based decision making and accountability, consultation and collaboration, and direct and indirect academic and mental health services for children, families, and schools. Our candidates learn about the history, theories, and research behind the field of counseling and specifically school psychology, and gain a variety of tools to support the success of all students with respect for human diversity and social justice; these tools include consultation, collaboration, counseling, and assessment at individual, group, classroom, and school-wide levels to support the academic, social, and emotional success of all students. In keeping with CCTC requirements, our program gives primary emphasis to helping public school pupils achieve academic success by emphasizing the importance of academic advising.

What courses will you take?

These courses fulfill the CCTC requirements for the School Psychology PPS Credential:
40 units of core courses, plus 31 School Psychology specific units (below), for a minimum of 71 units:

  • COUN 246: SP Child/Adolescent Psychopathology (3 units)
  • COUN 251: Treatment of Children (3 units)
  • COUN 290: SP Introduction to Psychological Assessment (3 units)
  • COUN 291: SP Neuro-Cognitive Assessment (3 units)
  • COUN 292: SP Assessment of Social & Emotional Functioning (3 units)
  • COUN 524: Systems Consultation (3 units)
  • COUN 527: SP Practicum/Seminar (1 unit)
  • COUN 540: SP Fieldwork Seminar & Supervision I & II (6 units)
  • COUN 541: SP Internship and Seminar I & II (6 units)
  • EDUC 210: Learning, Development & Cognition in the Social Context (3 units)
  • EDUC 582: Research Seminar II (3 units)
  • SPED 230: Introduction to Inclusive Education (3 units)
  • SPED 233: Behavioral Support in the Learning Environment (3 units)

See standard plans of study at the bottom of this page.

 

Post-Master's, PPS Credential-Only:

We also offer post-master's degree, PPS Credential-Only Programs for both: