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    CSU East Bay
   
 
  Dec 15, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 CSU East Bay Catalog

Counseling, School Counseling Option, M.S.


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Department & Faculty Information  

Counseling (M.S.) 72 units


The Master of Science in Counseling degree prepares graduates to work with youth, adults, and families in a wide range of agencies and businesses. Some graduates go on to become counselors in junior colleges and college-counseling settings.

CSU East Bay offers three distinct Options within the M.S in Counseling. Individuals interested in a M.S. in Counseling degree must enroll in one of the following options:

  • Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Option
    • The Marriage and Family Therapy Option requires a two-year course of study that leads to a Master of Science in Counseling degree and meets the educational requirements for California licensure for both Marriage and Family Therapy and the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor License (LPCC).
  • School Counseling Option
    • The School Counseling Option requires a two-year, year-round, full-time course of study that leads to a MS in Counseling degree, the California Pupil Personnel Service (PPS) Credential in School Counseling, and meets the educational requirements for California intern licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy.
  • Clinical Child/School Psychology/MFT Option
    • The Clinical Child/School Psychology Option is a three-year, year-round, full-time course of study accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). This option leads to an MS in Counseling and meets the educational requirements for a California Pupil Personnel Services credential in School Psychology and intern licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy.

MFT and School Counseling students completing the MS in Counseling Option requirements, and hourly licensing requirements are eligible to apply for the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor License (LPCC), which is awarded by the California Board of Behavioral Science (BBS).  School Psychology students completing the MS in Counseling Option requirements are eligible to apply for the National Certification in School Psychology (NCSP), which is awarded by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and are nationally recognized after completing two years in the field.

Admission Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
  • Department Application, including the following:
    • A personal statement about professional goals
    • Three letters of reference
    • GRE (verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing)
    • For School Counseling and School Psychology candidates only: Basic Skills Requirement (http://www.csueastbay.edu/ceas/departments/epsy/prog_spmft.html#reqs)
  • University Application
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0
Prerequisites

These courses, or equivalencies at other universities, are not included in the total required for the MS in Counseling:

  • Elements of Probability and Statistics
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Choose one of the following:
    • Developmental Psychology  
    • Theories of Learning
    • Personality Theory or Development
  • For School Psychology candidates only: 
    • Theories of Learning
    • Psychological Tests
To earn the MS in Counseling degree, candidates must do the following:
  • Complete all coursework toward the degree with a grade of B or higher
  • Complete the University Writing Skills Test (WST) requirement
  • Advancement to Candidacy
  • Receive satisfactory evaluations from fieldwork and University supervisors/professors
  • Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Program Expectations and Dispositions
  • Complete required field-based practicum hours
  • For School Counseling and School Psychology candidates only:
    • Pass the PRAXIS exam

Required Core Courses (40-units)


The M.S. degree in Counseling requires 72 units organized according to university requirements (see the Graduate/Post-Baccalaureate Admission and Degree Information chapter in this catalog). Requirements are established to ensure that each degree candidate obtains adequate breadth in subject matter, field experiences, and research.

Core courses for the MS in Counseling (i.e., these courses must be taken in addition to courses specific to each option). 

Note: Additional course work, beyond that required for the masters, may be required for professional licensure and/or credentials.

Elective Courses (0-13 units)


Elective courses to be determined by advisor/coordinator. Total number of elective units for the masters depend on the degree option.

Note: Additional course work, beyond that required for the masters, may be required for professional licensure and/or credentials.

Capstone Requirements (0-9 units)


Students must successfully complete either a University Thesis, a Departmental Thesis, a Project, or a Comprehensive Examination.  See your advisor/coordinator to determine the best capstone for your goals.

Option Requirements (19-22 units)


To earn the MS in Counseling at CSU East Bay, students must enroll in one of the three options listed below:

School Counseling Option (20 units)


Faculty: Dr. Rolla E. Lewis, Dr. Janet Logan, and Dr. Angela Tang (Coordinator)

Course Descriptions


Use this link to see all Course Descriptions  available throughout this catalog.

Other Graduate & Post-Baccalaureate Degree Requirements


In addition to departmental requirements, every student must also satisfy the university requirements for graduation as described throughout this catalog. These include the 32-unit residence requirement, the five year rule on currency of subject matter, the minimum number of units of 6000-level courses, the 3.00 grade point average, and the University Writing Skills Requirement. For information on meeting the University Writing Skills Requirement, see the Testing Office website at www.csueastbay.edu/testing or call 510.885.3661.

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