CSUDH School & College Counseling Information Session (Rev. 12/12/2017)
Web-based Information Session
Thank you for your interest in the CSUDH
School and College Counseling Program!
We hope the following information will be helpful in
learning about and applying to our program.
We recommend that you also go to our website:
and download the Counseling Program information
flatsheet and Counseling Program FAQs to review
throughout this presentation.
Our program offers the following objectives:
• Master of Science degree in Counseling:
- School Counseling option
- College Counseling option
• Pupil Personnel Services credential in School Counseling
• Child Welfare and Attendance Authorization (CWA)
• Certificate in College Counseling
All students pursuing the Master of Science degree in Counseling,
must choose an option in either School or College Counseling
Students may also dual-specialize by adding the
PPS credential and/or College Counseling Certificate
to their MS degree objective.
What type of counselor preparation are you seeking?
We prepare students to become School and College Counselors.
School Counselors focus on 3 domains in working with students in preK – 12th grades:
• Personal/Social Counseling
• Academic Counseling
• Career Counseling
A PPS credential is required for School Counselor employment in California.
College Counselors focus on similar areas, but their work is specialized according to their
department. For example:
• General Counseling, Transfer Center, EOPS, CalWorks; International Students, Athletes,
Disabled Student Services, major Advising, etc.
A Master’s degree in Counseling and relevant college internship experiences gained during a
graduate program are necessities for College Counselor employment in CA.
Educational Counseling is contrasted to Clinical Counseling preparation (e.g., MFT, LCSW).
If this is more of your interest, you may want to explore MFT or MSW programs.
Choosing a Graduate Program is a big decision!
Explore what type of counseling work you are interested in before selecting a graduate
program. These resources can help inform your choice of graduate preparation:
California Association of School Counselors
American Counseling Association
American School Counselor Association
American College Counseling Association
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
American Psychological Association
What distinguishes the CSUDH
School and College Counseling program from others?
Characteristics of our program:
• Emphasis on clinical skills and self-reflection.
• The ability to dual-specialize in School and College Counseling.
• Strong faculty commitment to students’ professional
growth and development.
• Modeling of best counseling practices:
professionalism, respect, high expectations.
• Commitment to urban education and underserved
students in the Los Angeles region.
Is our program the right one for you? Expectations to consider:
• Students must be willing to engage in a high degree of reflective and
• Our program is very rigorous, both in academic and behavioral
standards for students.
• Degree completion time is 2-3 years depending on students’
objectives. We are not a fast-paced program.
• The majority of our classes are traditional face-to-face format.
• Students must be able to attend some 4:00 p.m. courses and complete
internships as required by their objective.
• A typical schedule for students is to attend 2 - 3 nights a week: classes
are scheduled on Mondays-Thursdays from 4:00-6:45pm & 7:00-9:45pm.
Typical Length of Study for the MS Degree ~
Our program is not a formal cohort program, which allows
students to complete the program at their own pace.
Course load: Students take 6, 9, or 12 units a semester
•Six units (2 courses) = considered half-time graduate status
•Nine units (3 courses) or more = full-time graduate status
•Twelve units (4 courses) = maximum unit load per semester.
MS Counseling degree (for both options) = 48 units
•If taking 12 units a semester, it would take 2 years to complete the
•If taking 6-9 units a semester, it would take 3-4 years to complete the
Adding the PPS credential, CWA Authorization, or College Counseling
Certificate will extend the length of study according to one’s objective.
Additional certifications beyond the degree ~
In addition to earning the MS degree, students can also earn the following
•If the PPS is added to the MS School option, one additional Fieldwork course (PPS
575) is needed to complete the PPS credential.
•If the PPS is added to the MS College option: four additional specialization courses
are needed (PPS 512, PPS 545, PPS 554, and PPS 575) to complete the PPS
•Open to PPS credential students only. Requires one semester of these three
courses: PPS 557, 558, and 555.
College Counseling Certificate
•Open to MS School Counseling option students only.
Requires the College specialization courses: PPS 536, 537, 538 (nine units
through two semesters of study).
Fieldwork Requirements for each objective ~
MS Counseling, College Counseling degree and College Certificate:
- Practicum (PPS 537) = 100 hours in a college setting
- Fieldwork (PPS 538) = 200 hours in a college setting
MS Counseling, School Counseling degree:
- Practicum (PPS 554) = 100 hours in a school setting
PPS Credential in School Counseling:
- Practicum (PPS 554) = 100 hours in a school setting
- Fieldwork (PPS 575) = 600 hours as follows:
A minimum of 200 hours at a high school, 200 hours pK-8, the
remaining 200 hours can be earned at any level pK-12, college, or
approved counseling setting.
Child Welfare and Attendance Specialization:
Optional authorization that can be added to the PPS credential.
Requires 150 hours of fieldwork in truancy prevention and intervention.
Eligibility for the program
• There are no course, degree, or experience prerequisites, but you
need to know why you want to be a counselor!
• A 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA from your undergraduate degree
(and in any graduate work, if applicable). Please see FAQs for
information if you do not meet the minimum GPA criterion.
• Bachelor’s degree must be completed by time of entry.
• The CBEST must be passed if you also wish to pursue the PPS.
• A willingness to explore and share of yourself interpersonally.
Please refer to the Counseling Program flatsheet and FAQs for further eligibility
Increasing your chances of a thorough review ~
• Due to the large number of applications we receive, the selection is very
competitive with an acceptance rate averaging around 15% each semester.
• To increase your chances of acceptance to a counseling program, apply to
multiple schools. Don’t limit yourself to just one or two programs.
• Incomplete applications are not reviewed, so be sure to submit complete
university and program applications by the deadline.
• Take care to answer the statement prompts thoroughly (see Program
flatsheet for prompts).
• Ensure your referrers submit their letters of recommendation by the
Please refer to the Counseling Program flatsheet for the
specific application requirements:
Which specialization should I apply for, School or College?
Which objectives should I choose?
• Choose the MS option, School or College, according to which setting you see
yourself working in. You can eventually change options if needed or decide to
• Students must work towards the MS degree unless they already possess a
MA/PhD in Education, Counseling, Psychology, or Social Work.
- If you have a graduate degree in one of these areas, seek advisement about whether to earn a 2nd MS
degree while pursuing the PPS credential.
• Choose the PPS credential in addition to the MS degree of either option if you
want to have the option of working as a School Counselor.
- The CBEST is needed for admission to the PPS portion of the program. If you haven’t taken the
CBEST yet, you can add the PPS to your objective after admission once the CBEST is completed.
• Choose the CWA in addition to the PPS if you have passed the CBEST and are
interested in possibly working in the area of truancy prevention and remediation.
• Choose the College Counseling Certificate if you have selected the MS School
Counseling option and are also interested in gaining college counseling expertise.
1. First apply to the University (via Cal State Apply), then
2. Apply to the Program (via our online application)
to download our program flatsheet and FAQs.
Both these documents explain application procedures in detail.
The program application opens online on the opening dates listed above.
You will not be able to submit a program application until the opening date
arrives. The university application on Cal State Apply will open prior to the
program application's opening dates. Both the program application and the
university applications must be submitted by the deadline.
Program App. Opening Date Deadline to Apply
Fall admissions December 1 February 1
Spring admissions August 1 October 1
Part I - University Application:
1. Apply to the University by Feb. 1 for Fall admissions or by Oct. 1 for Spring
admissions through Cal State Apply:
2. Apply to Cal State Apply first, at least two weeks before applying to the
program, because you will need to be issued a student id# for the program
3. Submit one sealed set of official transcripts of all coursework to:
CSUDH Admissions & Records (CSUDH students excluded).
4. The BA degree must be posted by the time of admission (not at the time of
application, so if you are still an undergrad you can apply if your BA will be
completed before classes begin).
5. Due to processing times within the CSU, it is highly recommended that you
complete your University application at least two weeks before you submit your
When setting-up your student profile on Cal State Apply, make sure to
select “Graduate, including Credential and Certificate Programs” for the
level of degree you are seeking, select “Master’s degree or higher” for the
type of degree, and select “No” on the question “Have you previously
attended a CSU campus and returning to complete that earlier program,” as
illustrated on the screenshot below
Part II – Program Application Requirements
Our Program Application is completely online. All documents, including transcripts,
will need to be uploaded into the online application. Please follow the instructions
provided on the application website.
You will need to:
1. Complete our online program application at: https://csudh-coe.fluidreview.com
2. Submit the program application fee ($50 payable by check).
3. Open and upload official transcripts from all coursework.
4. Demonstrate a minimum of a 3.0 GPA or target GRE score of 300 (see FAQs).
5. Submit a Certificate of Clearance or a Teaching or Substitute Credential
6. Provide three recommendations (to be sent by your referrers via email)
7. Submit a Statement of Purpose (see program flatsheet)
8. Attend a Personal Interview (if selected)
Please go to: http://www.csudh.edu/coe/programs/grad-ed/school-counseling/
to download our program flatsheet and FAQs
to assist in your program application.
• Tuition depends on how many courses you take per semester, based
on if you attend part-time (6 units or less) vs full-time (7 units or
• Most of our students are on Financial Aid. However, Federally
subsidized aid only covers Master’s students and not PPS credential
• For more information, go to www.csudh.edu and search “tuition”.
Links to Financial Aid resources are also on csudh.edu
It is recommended that all applicants carefully review the
following links and documents
for answers to additional questions:
•Our Program website with Program flatsheet, FAQs:
Thank you for your interest!
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Division of Graduate Education office:
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Dr. Adriean Mancillas email@example.com
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