Graduate School of Education

M.S. in Counseling and Pupil Personnel Services with PPS Credential

School Counseling and Child Welfare and Attendance Specializations




Program Overview

This degree prepares you to provide counseling and support services to students at K-12 grade levels, as well as positions in higher education. The PPS in School Counseling is required for work in K-12 public school settings.

Applicants who already hold Master's degrees in related fields can apply for the PPS Credential program only, and may be able to count prior course work toward the credential requirements.

You may specialize in School Counseling, and then add the Child Welfare and Attendance specialization that offers additional training in working with those students most at-risk for school failure.

After completion, you will be eligible for the Clear Pupil Personnel Services Credential offered by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. For more information about requirements, visit the Credential Office website.

Requirements

The following courses are required to successfully complete this 49-credit* curriculum which includes the School Counseling specialization:

  • EDCG 504 School Law (3 units)
  • EDGN 509 Introduction to Educational Research (3 units)
  • EDGN 510 Educational Research Design and Methodology (3 units)
  • EDCG 512 Lifespan Human Development and Learning (3 units)
  • EDCG 521 Counseling Theory and Practice (3 units)
  • EDCG 523 Group Process and Leadership (3 units)
  • EDCG 524 Consultation, Collaboration, and Supervision (3 units)
  • EDCG 525 Interventions for Safe Schools and the Promotion of Student Resiliency (3 units)
  • EDCG 526 Microskills in Counseling (3 units)
  • EDCG 527 Educational and Career Planning (3 units)
  • EDCG 528 Practicum (3 units)
  • EDCG 529 Organization and Administration of Pupil Personnel Services (3 units)
  • EDCG 532 Systems Approaches in Schools: School Counselor as Collaborative Leaders (3 units)
  • EDCG 533 Field Studies in School Counseling I (2 units)
  • EDCG 534 Field Studies in School Counseling II (2 units)
  • EDCG 554 Educational Measurement (3 units)
  • EDCG 581 Diverse Perspectives in Education and Culturally Proficient Leadership (3 units)

For the Child Welfare and Attendance specialization, candidates must complete an additional 150 field hours, 50 of which can be fulfilled in the field studies courses as well as complete the following course:

  • EDCG 540. Seminar in Child Welfare and Attendance (3 units)
    Prerequisite: EDCG 533


Candidates for the Master's Degree also take a Comprehensive Exam or complete a Thesis (EDGN 599 - 3 units).


* Requirements are subject to change by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Courses

EDCG 504 School Law (3 units)

Implications and trends of court decisions, federal, state, and local, as they affect the role of the counselor, teacher, and administrator; their impact on district policy and finance, and on district and local programs and activities.

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.

EDGN 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 512 Life Span Human Development and Learning (3 units)

A comprehensive review and advanced study of the maturation of both typical and exceptional persons, from birth to senescence in physical, social/emotional, cognitive, and language areas. The learning process and its application in a variety of settings with students of diverse cultural, ethnic, racial, linguistic, and socio-economic backgrounds will be examined.

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 524 Consultation, Collaboration and Supervision (3 units)

Theories and methods of effective consultation, collaboration and supervision in educational settings. Coordination of personnel and services that impact student learning.

EDCG 525 Interventions for Safe Schools and the Promotion of Student Resiliency (3 units)

Models and methods for effective prevention and intervention programs for at-risk students.

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 529 Organization and Administration of Pupil Personnel Services (3 units)

Organization and administration of guidance and counseling services in the schools. Includes program planning, coordination, supervision, budgeting and evaluation.

EDCG 532 Systems Approaches in Schools: School Counselor as Collaborative Leader (3 units)

Theoretical perspectives and application of systems leadership in school settings is the focus of this course.  This course is designed for people planning to work as counselors in school settings. Candidates are challenged to develop a solid theoretical understanding of systemic leadership approaches to collaboration and advocacy within family-school-community relationships.

EDCG 533 Field Studies in School Counseling I (2 units)*

Supervised field experience in a K-12 public school setting under the supervision of an experienced Pupil Personnel Services credential holder at either an elementary, middle school or high school, with 200-400 field hours required. Advisor approval and application are required. (Graded P/NC only).

EDCG 534 Field Studies in School Counseling II (2 units)*

Supervised field experience in a K-12 public school setting under the supervision of an experienced Pupil Personnel Services credential holder at either an elementary, middle school or high school, with 200-400 field hours required. The school level must differ from that in 533. The combined number of field hours required for the two courses (533 and 534) is 600. The two courses may not be taken concurrently. Advisor approval and application are required. Prerequisite: EDCG 533. (Graded P/NC only).

EDCG 554 Educational Measurement (3 units)
Assessment of typical and atypical pupils, including the preparation, selection, administration, scoring, and interpretation of culturally appropriate normed and criterion-referenced individual and group tests.

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.

EDGN 599 Thesis (3 units)

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

Child Welfare and Attendance Specialization

For the Child Welfare and Attendance Specialization, candidates must complete an additional 150 hours, 50 of which can be fulfilled in the field studies courses as well as completing the following course:

EDCG 540 Child Welfare and Attendance Seminar (3 units)

An emphasis on school, home, and community factors contributing to school attendance, related laws and intervention programs designed to enhance attendance and school safety. 150 hours of fieldwork at a school site is required under the supervision of an experienced PPS credential holder. Prerequisite: EDCG 533.

* 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.

Feedback Form