Jan 22, 2022
The Master of Arts in Guidance and Counseling program is a 41-semester-hour program. It is designed for those who want a rigorous graduate Counseling program but are not planning to apply for either the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) licensure or for the California Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential. It is ideal for candidates interested in working in higher education settings in positions such as college counselors or advisors. Should a candidate in this track later wish to pursue the M.A. Counseling degree with one of its associated specializations, most of the coursework taken in the M.A. in Guidance and Counseling program will apply.
As a result of this training program, students will:
- Apply effective counseling strategies to meet the diverse academic, social, emotional, and career needs of students in post-secondary institutions
- Counsel students in post-secondary institutions individually using appropriate theoretical approaches to address students' academic readiness, language proficiency, cultural background, and individual development
- Counsel students in post-secondary institutions in group settings using group facilitation skills and appropriate theoretical approaches to address students' academic readiness, language proficiency, cultural background, and individual development
- Evaluate post-secondary students using suitable/pertinent assessment measures based on the purpose of the measuring instrument and identified counseling need
- Implement prevention and intervention strategies for diverse students in post-secondary institutions based on scientific research and program evaluations
- Consult effectively with students in post-secondary institutions; with peers and colleagues; and with appropriate staff in order to improve student functioning
- Exemplify the main dimensions of personal growth and dispositions central to successful counseling, including self-awareness, self-care, and self-reflection
- Apply and implement the ethical codes related to the specific field of counseling within which one works (e.g., ACA Code of Ethics, ASCA ethical standards, LPCC ethical codes)
Program Admissions Requirements
- Graduate Application
- 2 Letters of Recommendation
- 2 sealed, Official Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
- Bachelor's degree conferral must be verified on transcript
- Technology Form
- CCTC Certificate of Clearance (COC)
- Statement of Intent addressing:
- The characteristics the applicant possesses that he or she thinks will make him or her an effective counselor;
- In what specific ways does the LMU Counseling Program help the applicant achieve his or her professional goals;
- The applicant's commitment towards preparing himself or herself to be an effective counselor, including devoting the required time and financial planning to a culminating internship in the field, a time when it is difficult and ill-advised to work full-time, and becoming active in related professional organizations (e.g., CASC, ASCA);
- The applicant's related work or volunteer experiences with individuals from diverse backgrounds (e.g., culture, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, social class, and/or children/adults with disabilities);
- The applicant's perspective on multiculturalism and social justice, as outlined in the School of Education's REAL conceptual framework;
- A bulleted list (to be included at the end of Statement of Intent) indicating a) positions held, b) length of time/duration, c) supervisor name/contact information, and d) volunteer or paid positions.
- A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0, or a 3.05 in the last 60 undergraduate units, or a 3.0 in at least 9 graduate units is required.
- For applicants who completed an undergraduate/graduate degree outside of the U.S.A.:
- Transcript evaluations
- TOEFL (100 minimum score) or IELTS (7 minimum score)
- Candidate Disposition Forms
- (1) BY END OF FIRST SEMESTER: One Self-Assessment Disposition Form AND One Faculty-Assessment Disposition Form must be completed and turned in to the Counseling Program Advisor and EDSP Associate Director no later than the end of the candidate's first semester in the Program.
- (2) BY END OF EDSP 6386: Culturally Responsive Counseling with Individuals: One Self-Assessment Disposition Form AND One Faculty-Assessment* Disposition Form must be completed and turned in to the Counseling Program Advisor and EDSP Associate Director upon your completion of EDSP 6386: Culturally Responsive Counseling with Individuals. *This Faculty Assessment MUST be completed by the candidate's EDSP 6386 Instructor.
- Pre-Counseling Documentation Log
- Counseling Organization Membership
- Proof of Liability Insurance with Counseling Organization
- Approval of Site
- Completion of all courses prior to enrollment in Comprehensive Exam with the exception of:
- All coursework must be completed within 5 years.