Graduate School of Education

M.S. in Counseling and College Student Personnel




Program Overview

This master's degree is ideal for individuals interested in careers as student affairs and student services professionals in community college, college, and university settings.

If you are interested in pursuing a doctorate after completing your master's degree, we encourage you to apply to our Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership program.

Requirements

The following courses are required to successfully complete this 48-credit curriculum:

  • EDGN 509 Introduction to Educational Research (3 units)
  • EDGN 510 Educational Research Design and Methodology (3 units)
  • EDCG 511 Program Assessment, Evaluation, and Grant Writing (3 units)
  • EDCG 513 College Student Development (3 units)
  • EDCG 521 Counseling Theory and Practice (3 units)
  • EDCG 523 Group Process and Leadership (3 units)
  • EDCG 526 Microskills in Counseling (3 units)
  • EDCG 527 Educational and Career Planning (3 units)
  • EDCG 528 Practicum (3 units)
  • EDCG 530 Organization and Administration of College Student Personnel (3 units)
  • EDCG 531 Programs and Functions in College Student Personnel (3 units)
  • EDCG 535 Field Studies in College Student Personnel (2 units)
  • EDCG 566 Educational Leadership (3 units)
  • EDCG 581 Diverse Perspectives in Education and Culturally Proficient Leadership (3 units)
  • EDCG 582 Law and Ethics in Higher Education (3 units)
  • EDCG 583 Professional Development in Practice (1 unit)
  • EDCG 584 College Student Retention and Success (3 units)

Successful completion of a comprehensive exam or a thesis (EDGN 599 - 3 units).

Graduates of the Counseling and College Student Personnel program who are interested in pursuing a doctorate are encouraged to apply to the Graduate School of Education's Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership program.


Courses

EDGN 509 Introduction to Educational Research (3 units)

A core course designed to introduce educational practitioners to educational research. Through an examination of the nature of research, ethical and philosophical principles, types of research, and characteristics of data students will explore quantitative and qualitative methods of designing and conducting research in the context of educational settings.

EDCG 510 Educational Research Design and Methodology (3 units)

Drawing from qualitative, quantitative, and combined applications of research this core course is designed to guide students through a systematic study of the interrelated activities embedded in the development of an action research project.  Constructing a problem statement and research question will guide the preparation of a literature review and methodological plan.

EDCG 511 Program Assessment, Evaluation, and Grant Writing (3 units)

This course addresses program assessment and evaluation as well as grant writing. In this course students will learn about the characteristics of program assessment and evaluation. Moreover, in this course students will learn about and become familiar with the grant writing process.

EDCG 513 College Student Development (3 units)

This course will introduce candidates to theories of college student development and the processes by which they occur. Factors that impact student development will be discussed and application of theory to practice to maximize student learning in college settings will be fostered.

EDCG 521 Counseling Theory and Practice (3 units)

Fundamentals of counseling: theoretical approaches, the counseling process, and cross-cultural perspectives. This course should be taken during the first semester offered.

EDCG 523 Group Process and Leadership (3 units)

Group counseling: foundation process, techniques and application; lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: EDCG 521.

EDCG 526 Microskills in Counseling (3 units)

An emphasis on counseling knowledge and skills. Includes in-class monitored practice. Prerequisite: EDCG 521. (Graded P/NC only).

EDCG 527 Educational and Career Planning (3 units)

Theoretical approaches, resources and techniques utilized in assisting individuals to make their educational and career choices.

EDCG 528 Practicum (3 units)

Supervised field placement in a school, postsecondary setting or community agency, with 100 (PPS) or 150 (CSP) field hours required. Candidates must be supervised by an experienced professional with an appropriate credential. Each student will be involved in on-site experiences which include the application of theory to practice. Permission of adviser and application required. Application must be submitted by the last month of the previous semester. Prerequisites: PPS Students - Proof of passage of CBEST and Certificate of Clearance. EDCG 504, 521, 523, 524, 526, 527, and 529 (EDCG 529 may be a co-requisite) and completion of 24 units. College Student Personnel Students - EDCG 521, 523, 526, 527, 530, and 531.

EDCG 530 Organization and Administration of College Student Personnel (3 units)

Organization and administration of student affairs and services in higher education. Includes legal foundations, governance models, planning and goal setting, resource acquisition and allocation, personnel and financial management, training and evaluation. To be taken first semester offered.

EDCG 531 Programs and Functions in College Student Personnel (3 units)

Overview and analysis of college student services, including historical and philosophical foundations, program components and standards, and evaluation. To be taken first semester offered.

EDCG 535 Field Studies in College Student Personnel (2 units)*

Supervised field experience in student services departments and programs in a post secondary setting under the supervision of an experienced college student personnel professional. Required number of hours: 150. Prerequisite: EDCG 528. Advisor approval and application are required. (Graded P/NC only).

EDCG 566 Educational Leadership (3 units)

The course is designed to develop an understanding of management and leadership theories, concepts, group processes, decision making, and planning. A variety of leadership styles and practices which influence student and employee performance will be reviewed in these topical areas: power and influence, delegating, trust-building, vision and mission development, setting and fulfilling professional and/or personal objectives, situational, visionary and transformational leadership, impediments to leader effectiveness, organizational culture and principles of shared leadership.

EDCG 581 Diverse Perspectives in Education and Culturally Proficient Leadership (3 units)

This foundational course explores the history of diversity and multicultural education, and introduces the conceptual framework of Cultural Proficiency as a lens for counselors in promoting equitable practices for all students in educational settings. An exploration of candidates’ self- identity, beliefs and values, and the impact on their roles as counselors, advocates, and leaders in diverse and inclusive educational settings will be conducted.

EDCG 582 Law and Ethics in Higher Education (3 units)

This course provides an examination of the major legal and ethical issues confronting student affairs professionals and other administrators in higher education settings. Federal regulations and mandates, constitutional issues, tort liability, and contractual relationships will be covered. Ways of making practical decisions that are legally and ethically sound are examined.

EDCG 583 Professional Development in Practice (1 unit)

Seminar on professional development opportunities and attendance at professional conference.

EDCG 584 College Student Retention and Success (3 units)

This course addresses: the history of college student retention and success in the United States; retention and success theories; and the retention trends and issues of four-year and two-year institutions. Specifically, this course emphasizes the retention and success of diverse student groups. Moreover, this course examines how retention and success is tracked and measured and practices and programs that contribute to the retention and success of all students.

EDGN 599 Thesis (3 units)

This optional class is for students selecting to write a thesis in lieu of taking a comprehensive exam.

* These courses, which require field hours, are to be taken at or near the end of the program.

Application Requirements

Apply Online

  1. Checklist
  2. Completed Application Form
  3. $50 Application Fee (please make checks payable to CLU)
  4. Official transcripts verifying bachelor's degree and any graduate work
  5. Personal Statement
  6. Recommendation Form
  7. Petition to Waive the GRE or GRE Scores

Interested individuals are encouraged to make an appointment to meet with a graduate admission counselor to review specific program information, admission requirements, start terms, deadline dates, and review financial aid options.

Please call (805) 493-3325 to schedule an appointment to meet with a graduate admission counselor or to request information.

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