M.A. Programs & Specializations
The Counseling Program offers three degrees: (1) Master of Arts in Counseling-LPCC (60 semester units), (2) Master of Arts in School Counseling/Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) School Counseling Credential (48 semester units) and, (3) Master of Arts in Guidance and Counseling (37 semester units).
M.A. in Counseling with LPCC Intern Eligibility (60 units)
The Master of Arts in Counseling (60-units) positions candidates for licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), thus maximizing post-graduation degrees of freedom as mental health professionals working in community mental health and private non-profit agencies. In 2010, California enacted the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor legislation allowing Master's level counselors to be licensed. In addition, our M.A. in Counseling program is designed to prepare aspiring counselors for K-12 public, private, and parochial schools. As part of the Master of Arts degree in Counseling, candidates may select one of the following counseling specializations:
This specialization is for candidates who desire to work in a K-12 public and private school settings. Candidates will gain experiences that include individual,, group, educational and career counseling, college advising, teacher consultation, and prevention programming. The completion of this specialization will also result in eligibility to receive a Pupil Personnel Services Credential for the State of California. This program is approved by the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.
Community Mental Health Counseling
This specialization is for candidates who desire to work in community mental health or outpatient hospital settings. In addition to classroom instruction, candidates will gain fieldwork experiences offering mental health counseling to clients from a variety of age groups and presenting with a variety of emotional concerns and challenges. Licensed and/or appropriately credentialed supervisors serve as mentors for these pre-professional experiences. Additional experiences may include group counseling, assessment, and family counseling.
The Master of Arts in Counseling degree has been identified by the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) as meeting the statutory requirements for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) under the Business and Professions Code section (BPC) 4999.32. All of the specializations share a common core of 36 units that includes learning counseling theories, best practices relative to quantitative and qualitative research and evidenced-based approaches across a variety of settings relative to counseling and consultation services. The M.A. in Counseling degree includes 12 additional units and fieldwork experiences (6 units), which offer candidates the opportunity to specialize in a particular area of counseling.
M.A. in School Counseling with PPS Credential (48 units)
For candidates beginning Fall 2012 and thereafter, the Master of Arts in School Counseling/PPS School Counseling Credential (48 units) is designed to prepare aspiring counselors to maximize their professional mobility in K-12 public, private, and parochial schools. These candidates do not intend to pursue LPCC licensure.
M.A. in Guidance and Counseling (37 units)
The Master of Arts in Guidance and Counseling (37 units) is designed for candidates who desire to work in higher education settings (e.g., academic advisor, residence life director, etc.). Typically, candidates in this program do not see their primary professional role as one that involves mental health counseling, nor do they intend to pursue LPCC licensure or a PPS credential.
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