Program Information

About Our Programs

The Counselor Education Program offers three degrees: (1) Master of Arts in Education and Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential (51 units with a comprehensive exam, 58-60 units with thesis), (2) Master of Arts in Education and Professional Clinical Counselor (PCC) Concentration (60 units with a comprehensive exam, 67-69 units with thesis)(Stockton based), and (3) MA Only (32 units with a comprehensive exam, 33-35 units with thesis).

The MA with PPS credential program has been revised to meet the current state standards and has been approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).  The PPS credential is required of individuals who wish to work in a K-12 school setting.

The MA with PCC Concentration has been approved by the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) and meets the statutory requirements for a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) Licensure.  All classes are held at the Stockton campus.

The MA Only degree may be required by community counseling agencies and institutions of higher education.

Career Options

California requires that all school counselors in K-12 schools hold the Pupil Personnel Services credential. Most of our graduates choose to be counselors in K-12 schools, as well as community settings. Others work in academic advising and student services in colleges and universities.

The MA with PCC concentration may be required of individuals who wish to pursue careers as mental health clinicians or licensed professionals working in community settings.

As per the appropriate MA and/or credential/concentration our graduates have occupations as delineated in the following:

  • Communications Specialist in hospital
  • Administrator of pain clinic
  • College EOP Counselor
  • Director of Student Union at University level
  • Academic Advisor at University level
  • Counselor at mental health (working with teens after school program)
  • Counselor at a group home
  • Career Counselor at University
  • Coordinator of Teen Pregnancy program
  • Career Center Counselor
  • Career Technician at Community College
  • School Counselor at alternative school
  • Counselor at Community College
  • Vocational Counselor
  • Director of Multicultural Services Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

In order to be fully admitted into a Counselor Education Program, the following requirements must be met:

  • Admission to the University with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (in last 60 units of coursework).
    University Graduate Admission Application
  • Pass the First Interview with a minimum score of 3.0
  • Admission is determined by GPA, interview, letters of recommendation and written statement.

Prior to the First Interview you must complete and submit to the Advanced Studies Office, DBH 348 (check program website or call Advanced Studies Office for current deadlines):

  • Application for First Interview Form and $25 Fee Receipt. 1st Interview Application
  • CBEST verification showing overall passage and a score of 41 or higher on the writing section, or proof of passage of CSET 101, 102 (now 214), 103 and 142 or proof of passing an approved basic skills requirementCBEST/CSET are not required for MA Only or MA with PCC.
    CBEST/CSET Information
  • A copy of a valid Certificate of Clearance, California Teaching Credential or Substitute Permit issued by the Commission of Teacher Credentialing (CTC).
    Certificate of Clearance Information
  • Two Online Recommendation Forms, from professionals, are required.  The forms may be submitted by faculty members with whom you have studied, employers for whom you have worked, or others who are in a position to evaluate your potential for graduate level study.  Link for Form
  • A typed statement (maximum of 2 pages) indicating your suitability for the Counselor Education Program, your future work as a counselor, and your experience working with youth/adults as related to counseling.

All program application requirements must be submitted by the application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Students participate in 2 interviews:

The First Interview is required for admission to the program.  Applicants are scored on their GPA, interview, letters of recommendation and written statement.  All applicants must receive a minimum score of 3.0 on their interview to be considered for admission.

Prior to program completion, and after completion of at least 20 units of coursework and one semester of EDCL 5850 - Counseling Seminar, students participate in the Second Interview, which is a competency feedback session.

Field Experience

The PPS credential requires 600 hours of field experience in public schools and other settings. The PCC concentration requires 280 direct contact hours of field experience in a clinical setting.  The MA Only requires 200 hours of field experience.


The Nina Ribak-Rosenthal Memorial Scholarship is awarded to Counselor Education Program candidates only. It was established in memory of Dr. Ribak-Rosenthal, who taught School Counseling courses and coordinated the program for more than 20 years.