IMPORTANT DATES

  Fall 2018
CalState Apply Application March 1, 2018
Supplemental Materials March 1, 2018
Interviews

End of March, early April

Offers of Admission Early May

 

Counseling & Guidance: Program

The Counseling & Guidance program requires the successful completion of 72 quarter credit units (equates to 48 semester units). In compliance with CAS (2012) standards, the program can be completed in a minimum of two full-time academic years.

The Counseling & Guidance program is divided into three developmental areas: Introduction, Foundation and Application.

The first area, Introduction consists of three courses completed during the first quarter:

  • EDUC 586:  Introduction to Inquiry in Education (4)
  • EDUC 555:  Introduction to the Profession (4)
  • EDUC 562:  Higher Education Student Development (4)

The second area, Foundation consists of eight courses completed during the second and third quarters:

  • EDUC 556:  Multicultural Counseling (4)
  • EDUC 557:  Career Counseling (4)
  • EDUC 560:  Counseling Theories (4)
  • EDUC 564:  Legal & Ethical Issues in Counseling (4)
  • EDUC 565:  Measurement & Assessment in Counseling (4)
  • EDUC 568:  Individual Counseling Techniques (4)
  • EDUC 588:  Education, Culture & Learning (4)
  • EDUC 589:  Research Methods in Education (4)

The third area, Application consists of five courses and full time internship experiences each quarter (approximately 20 hours per week at sites):

  • EDUC 561: Group Counseling (4)
  • EDUC 566: Leadership and Consultation in Counseling (4)
  • EDUC 587: Educational Foundations and Current Issues
  • EDUC 590: Research Applications in Education (4)
  • EDUC 573: Field Experience-Counseling (12 units/4 per quarter)

NOTE: Students must successfully complete a Comprehensive Examination during their Final Quarter of Study

M.A. and Education Counseling & Guidance Courses:

EDUC 555 Introduction to the Counseling Profession (4)
Overview of the counseling profession, history, philosophy, theory and ethics. Required activity. 3 seminars, 1 activity. Prerequisite: Admission to MA Education program.

EDUC 556 Multicultural Counseling (4)
Initiation of critical analysis of personal beliefs and attitudes regarding counseling in a diverse society. Focus on a variety of approaches to explore the beliefs and attitudes of the student in counseling settings, and examination of strategies considered effective in working with diverse populations. 3 seminars, 1 activity. Prerequisite: Admission to MA Education program.

EDUC 557 Career Counseling (4)
Focus on the study and application of career development theories in career counseling. Utilizing appraisal instruments, community referral resources, occupational information, computerized retrieval systems, and personal and social data and required activities. 3 seminars, 1 activity.

EDUC 560 Counseling Theories (4)
Theories and practice of counseling with special emphasis on the counseling process. Emphasis of conditions of counseling, counseling techniques, counseling diverse populations and the counselor as a professional helper. 3 seminars, 1 activity. Prerequisite: EDUC 555 and admission to MA Education program.

EDUC 561 Group Counseling (4)
Theory and practice of group counseling, client selection, group structure, process and termination, and application of theories to specific developmental groups. Communication and facilitation skills emphasized with relevant ethics and law. 3 seminars, 1 activity. Prerequisite: EDUC 555, EDUC 560 or consent of instructor.

EDUC 562 Student Development - Higher Education (4)
Exploration of the roles and competencies of the student development specialist in higher education. Review of relevant developmental theory with emphasis on practical implementation. Explore current issues and trends in higher education, and organizational framework. 4 seminars. Prerequisite: Admission to MA Education program.

EDUC 564 Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling (4)
Consideration of legal, ethical, cultural and related professional issues as they affect the practice of counseling. 3 seminars, 1 activity. Prerequisite: Admission to MA Education Program.

EDUC 565 Counseling Measurement and Assessment (4)
Training and evaluation in the utilization of tests, scales, measures, and other instruments with K-12, and college-age students. An understanding of culturally appropriate tests and measures, collaboration with school personnel, parents, and students in the review and interpretation of test scores and measures. 3 seminars, 1 activity. Prerequisite: Admission to MA Education Program, Counseling and Guidance Specialization.

EDUC 566 Leadership and Consultation in Counseling (4)
Development of skills in planning, organizing, coordinating, and delivering programs that generate systemic change through establishing collaboration within schools, communities and other stakeholders. Emphasis on social action and its role in the counseling profession. 3 seminars, 1 activity. Prerequisite: Admission to MA Education Program.

EDUC 568 Individual Counseling Techniques (4)
Theory and practice of individual counseling, process and termination, and application of theories to specific developmental issues working with K-12 students. Communication and facilitation skills emphasized, working with diverse populations and following legal and ethical guidelines. 3 seminars, 1 activity. Prerequisite: Admission to MA Education Program, Counseling and Guidance Specialization.

EDUC 573 Field Experience, Counseling (12 units/4 per quarter) (CR/NC)
Practical application of guidance services and counseling in public schools, colleges and community settings. Seminars with university staff included. Total credit limited to 24 units. Credit/No Credit grading only. Maximum of 12 units may be applied toward MA Education. Prerequisite: EDUC 555, EDUC 560 and Advancement to Candidacy.

EDUC 586 Introduction to Inquiry in Education (4)
Introduction to professional literature search techniques and to professional organizations as a basis for educational inquiry. Explanation of social construction of knowledge, and the philosophical basis of quantitative and qualitative research. 3 seminars, 1 activity. Prerequisite: Admission to School of Education master's program.

EDUC 587 Educational Foundations and Current Issues (4)
Historical, organizational, legal and philosophical characteristics of American education. Emphasis on the analysis of contemporary issues focusing on these characteristics. 4 seminars. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

EDUC 588 Education, Culture, and Learning (4)
Cultural characteristics of educational institutions and practice. Review of theory and research relating to the social and organizational context in which learning and teaching takes place. 4 seminars. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

EDUC 589 Educational Research Methods (4)
Introduction to research methodologies, application of inferential and descriptive statistics, critical analysis of research designs and data collection techniques. 3 seminars, 1 activity. Prerequisite: EDUC 586.

EDUC 590 Research Application in Education (4)
Application of social science research techniques to problems in education and human services. Capstone experience for the School of Education master's inquiry course sequence. Completion of an inquiry project required. 2 seminars, 2 activities. Prerequisite: EDUC 589.

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