Sequence of Study

The sequence of study shown below is for full-time students. 64 units total.

In addition to classes, students are also required to work in different school sites immediately upon starting the program. With the help of a site supervisor, students are able to develop their counseling skills and focus on students' academic, personal/social, and career development.

Year 1: Summer (6 units)

Procedures for gathering, analyzing, and synthesizing information; reviewing the literature; designing studies. Section selection to be made with department graduate adviser.
Comprehensive school counseling to include historical perspective of school counseling policies, practices, future leadership directions, role and function of professional school counselor leader. Current trends in school counseling.

Year 1: Fall (15 units)

Concepts underlying effective cross-cultural counseling practice and interpersonal communication. Development of skills basic to practice of counseling, consultation, and marriage-family therapy.
Development of self-understanding. Cross-cultural communication skills needed for becoming an effective counselor. May be repeated with new content. Maximum Credits: three units applicable to a master’s degree in counseling.
Implications of theory and research in behavioral sciences for the understanding of human behavior.
Issues, insights, and techniques for improving effectiveness in working with culturally diverse populations.
Historical and current holistic school systems and role of professional school counselor. Ecosystemic and social justice theory and models; practical implications for providing school counseling services for individual students in multicultural schools.
Supervised experience in counseling, school counseling, or school psychology. May be repeated with new content. Maximum Credits: nine units applicable to a master’s degree in counseling.

Year 1: Spring (15 units)

Counseling and marriage and family therapy theories and their impact on the practices of counselors, school counselors, school psychologists, marriage-family therapists and their clients. Approaches and applications for counseling and therapy. Research on counseling and marriage and family therapy.
Classroom management strategies and techniques. Curriculum design, lesson plan development, assessment tools, and instructional strategies for delivering school counseling core curriculum (academic, college/career, personal/social) in diverse schools.
Group process, theories of group interaction, and group leadership techniques with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Fulfills requirements for licensed professional clinical counselor and marriage and family therapy licensure.
Consultation theory, process, and research for counselors and school psychologists. Emphasis on mental health and problem- solving consultation in multicultural education and mental health settings.
Supervised experience in counseling, school counseling, or school psychology. May be repeated with new content. Maximum Credits: nine units applicable to a master’s degree in counseling.

Year 2 Fall (15 units)

College planning, career readiness, and career technical education P-16. Technology promoting equity, access, and opportunity for culturally diverse populations to post secondary options.
Application of concepts and procedures of counseling, school counseling, or school psychology services in appropriate school or agency setting. Daily observation and practice. Weekly seminar sessions with university staff. Application to take the course must be made early during the preceding semester. May be repeated with new content. Maximum Credits: six units applicable to a master’s degree in counseling.
Leadership, advocacy, systemic change theory, practice to disaggregate data, identify equity, and access issues. Create student and systems interventions to target opportunity, attainment, and achievement gaps in schools.
Part I of a two-part sequence. Professional knowledge, skills, competencies, and abilities to create, implement, and evaluate school counseling program in K-12 schools. Program foundation, design, and implementation.
Policies and politics influencing education, school counselors, and students. Legal mandates, ethical standards, practices of the school counseling profession, and how to apply to educational and counseling situations.

Year 2: Spring (13 units)

Study of selected areas in counseling, marriage and family therapy, school counseling, or school psychology culminating in a written project with emphasis on counseling as a profession. May be repeated with new content. Maximum Credits: nine units applicable to a master’s degree.
Application of concepts and procedures of counseling, school counseling, or school psychology services in appropriate school or agency setting. Daily observation and practice. Weekly seminar sessions with university staff. Application to take the course must be made early during the preceding semester. May be repeated with new content. Maximum Credits: six units applicable to a master’s degree in counseling.
Examination, design, implementation, and evaluation of wellness, prevention, intervention, and other mental health programs at individual, group, and system levels in schools. Focus on roles for school support personnel in promoting wellness and resiliency and intervening in school settings.
Part II of a two-part sequence. Professional knowledge, skills, competencies, and abilities to create, implement, and evaluate school counseling program in K-12 schools. Program assessment, accountability, and evaluation.
Roles and approaches of family counselor in working with schools for children’s school-based problems. Family systems theory and practice applied to family-school interface, cultural interaction, specific symptomology, and professional and ethical issues.