Aligned with the School of Education's Conceptual Framework, Mission Statement, and Goals, and the Department of Educational Support Services candidate goals, the Counseling Program's goals are to prepare candidates that:
- Respond positively to issues of diversity:
- Educate to help insure the success of all;
- Advocate for all pupils to have access to counseling services; and,
- Lead and work collaboratively to help transform programs, practices, and institutions.
Master of Arts in Guidance and Counseling
The Master of Arts in Guidance and Counseling program is a 37-semester-hour program. It is designed for those who want a rigorous graduate Counseling program but are not planning to apply for either the LPCC licensure or for the California PPS credential. It is ideal for candidates interested in working in higher education settings (e.g., academic counselor). Should a candidate in this track later wish to pursue the MA Counseling degree with one of the specializations, most of the coursework taken in the MA in Guidance and Counseling program will apply.
The items listed below should be submitted directly to the School of Education, Office of the Dean, unless otherwise noted:
1. Completion of the Graduate Division application form, submitted directly to the Graduate Admissions Office.
2. Two official copies of transcripts from all colleges/universities attended, sent directly to the Graduate Admissions Office.
3. Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0; or a 3.05 GPA in the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate course work taken or a 3.0 GPA in at least 9 semester hours of graduate level coursework is required. An appeal may be made to the Exceptions Committee.
4. A letter of application (intent) to the Academic Program Director in which the following issues are addressed: a) why the applicant wants to be a counselor; b) characteristics the applicant possesses that he or she thinks will make him/her an effective counselor; c) the applicant's commitment towards preparing himself/herself to be an effective counselor (e.g., devote the required time to an internship, become active in related professional organizations); and d) a summary of experienced with culturally diverse individuals.
5. Two Letters of Recommendation: Forms may be accessed in online application).
6. Certificate of Clearance (COC): Completion of fingerprint clearance (Livescan) process through the Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI must occur prior to enrollment in first semester classes. Fingerprint applications are available on the School of Education website.
7. Interview and approval by Academic Program Director or Assistant Director.
8. After steps 1-7 above have been completed, the candidate's file will be reviewed for provisional or controlled admission. Under these designation, candidates are able to enroll in their first semester of coursework.
9. Signed candidate disposition forms from two fill-time faculty members in the School of Education with whom the candidate has had courses is required before candidate is granted Formal Admission.
10. All entering candidates should first enroll in EDSS 6391 Foundations of Counseling . Candidates will be reviewed for formal acceptance upon completion of this course and steps 1-9 above.