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Prospective Students

School Counseling/MFT Option

  • 2 year program Fall Admission with a summer semester between first and second years
  • Hayward Campus Only
  • Courses offered during fall and spring semesters with a summer semester between first and second years
  • Classes are during the day, evening, and on some weekends

For more info contact the coordinator:

Dr. Jack Davis


Upon graduation, CSUEB graduates of the School Counseling/MFT program will earn the following:

  • Master’s of Science in Counseling
  • Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential in School Counseling
  • Eligibility as Marriage and Family Therapy Intern

For tuition and fee information, visit Tuition and Fees.

The Master’s of Science in Counseling with dual School Counseling Credential and Marriage and Family Therapy program is designed to promote social justice and democracy by preparing knowledgeable and competent professional Marriage and Family Therapists. The School Counseling/Marriage and Family Therapy Program is committed to training School Counselors in the ASCA National Model in order to implement comprehensive school counseling programs that support all students. At the same time, it also trains Marriage and Family Therapists for clinical work in a variety of settings. All students are prepared to participate in, and to provide leadership for, a highly collaborative, prevention-based model for service delivery in the 21st century. This model involves the weaving together of educational services with community health, mental health, and other social services, as well as a strong focus on family issues and school-based/linked services.The program is a cohort model that begins each Fall at the Hayward Campus.

We support the advancement of social justice, democracy, and professional excellence. This philosophy is utilized in preparing knowledgeable and competent School Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists who engage in counseling, consultation, advocacy and support to diverse populations. Our program also promotes participatory leadership, and encourages students to become leaders by engaging in professional organizations, taking on leadership positions within the program and advocating for the counseling profession in the Hayward community.

Program and Course Structure

The M.S. in Counseling with the MFT Option is a full-time, two-year program. Courses are offered in a defined cohort sequence during fall and spring, terms with a summer term in between first and second years, during the day, evening, and on some weekends.


A "cohort" is a group of professionals who enter, move through, and graduate from the program in the same group, at the same time. Cohorts foster learning communities where students and marriage and family therapist trainees support each other.


Faculty members in the Department of Educational Psychology have expertise in different areas, thus providing a diverse background of experiences in the classroom. Many of the faculty continue to engage in work in the field, either practicing counselor positions, in consultation or in academic research.

Clinical Work and Fieldwork

School Counselors-in-Training/Marriage and Family Therapists trainees are required to provide a minimum amount of hours in the field. They are prepared for work with youth and adults who are struggling with both normal life problems and more severe pathologies. We orient trainees to promote resilience and practice strength-based interventions. We are proud of the fact that students engage in fieldwork and coursework simultaneously, so they are able to directly apply theory to practice.

Coursework and fieldwork experiences emphasize the development of the student's ability to provide comprehensive developmental school counseling programs meeting national and state standards. Students acquire the skills to develop classroom and small group guidance curriculum. They also learn to conduct individual and group therapy, guidance counseling, consultation, and to provide leadership in the creation and evaluation of integrated, comprehensive prevention and intervention programs. In the fieldwork experience, trainees have specific assigned activities and supervised experiences related to the California Credentialing Standards for the PPS School Counseling Credential, and to the MFT licensing qualifications of the Board of Behavioral Sciences.

All admitted students will:

  • Enroll in full-time coursework 2 academic years (day, evening, and weekend courses);
  • Participate in fieldwork 1 ½ to 2 days per week, for entire academic year (450 hours per year);
  • Complete specific activities and supervised experiences that meet the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and Board of Behavioral Sciences requirements;
  • Complete mandatory marriage and family therapy training hours in the Community Counseling Clinic (on CSUEB campus).

School Counseling Credential

This credential is required for work as a counselor in the public schools, and is approved by the California Commission of Teacher Credentialing (CTC). The commission sets the standards and competencies for the state, and CSU East Bay's program is designed to incorporate all knowledge, skills and practial experiences required to meet those expectations.

This program follows the direction provided by the National Standards and National Model of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and the National Career Development Guidelines (NOICC). As part of the credential preparation process, our School Counseling Credential Program includes specific training in guidance program models, guidance program development/implementation, and in the comprehensive and developmental school guidance curricula for academic, career, and personal/social development. Students also learn team building, management, and accountability for a comprehensive guidance program.

Marriage and Family Therapy License

The Department does not issue licenses. Our Counseling Program is designed to meet the educational requirements for the California State MFT License issued by the Board of Behavioral Sciences. This license requires additional experience beyond degrees, as well as written and oral exams administered by the Board of Behavioral Sciences.

  • Marriage and Family Therapy License
    • 3,000 hours of supervised experience
    • Standard Written examination and Written Clinical Vignette examination

Candidates successfully completing the program may apply for an MFT Intern License with the California Board of Behavioral Science; additional hours and an exam are required for licensure. Please refer to for additional information.

School Counseling Profession

School counselors are an integral piece to the K-12 school community. They provide academic, career and personal/social support to all students in their schools. Many of our graduates have graduated to become school counselors at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Some of gone on to be school counselors at adult schools or at the community college.

For more specific information regarding the current role of school counselors, please visit:

School Counselor Role

Elementary School Counselor Information

Middle School Counselor Information

High School Counselor Information

We strongly encourage individuals to contact a current school counselor to set-up an informational interview. If you do not know anyone or need assistance in this process, please contact the program coordinator and they will connect with you a professional.

Marriage and Family Therapy Profession

Marriage and family therapists are a crucial advocate and provider of mental health services. They are trained in various theories, for individuals, couples and families. They receive training in how to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders within the individual, couples and family systems. Once fully licensed, they are able to open their own private practices, however, many still continue to work in agency or clinic settings.

For more information on MFT roles, please visit:

Marriage and Family Therapist Role

We strongly encourage individuals to contact a current marriage and family therapist to set-up an informational interview. If you do not know anyone or need assistance in this process, please contact the program coordinator and they will connect with you a professional.

Prerequisite Coursework

Applicants must complete the following or equivalent courses prior to admission:

  1. STAT 1000 (Elements of Probability and Statistics)
  2. PSYC 4410 (Abnormal Psychology)
  3. PSYC 4420 (Developmental Psychology)

Prerequisite Equivalency Course List

Admission Requirements

Students are admitted once annually to commence studies during Fall Semester. Students are encouraged to attend a program orientation prior to submitting and application. Information about orientation dates and additional program descriptions including a program handbook can be viewed on the Department website.

Students applying to this program should follow the university and departmental admissions procedures, including the submission of:

  1. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution in a degree other than education.
  2. The University Application (online).
  3. The Departmental Application (available online on the department website).
  4. Transcripts (official transcripts sent to University; official bachelor's degree transcript sent to Educational Psychology Department. Prerequisite transcript courses may be unofficial).
  5. A personal statement (see application packet for prompt).
  6. Three academic/professional reference letters.
  7. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required for admissions to the department. You will need to have official scores sent directly to the University and you will also need to provide an unofficial print out of your GRE scores submitted with your department application packet.
  8. Basic Skills Requirement (i.e. CBEST) - Must pass for Credential and you must take for application. For more information about Basic Skills Requirement or options, click here.
  9. Certificate of Clearance is a document issued by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to an individual who has completed the Commission's fingerprint character and indentification process, whose moral and professional fitness has been shown to meet the standards established by law. (Required before the program begins.)
  10. Complete the prerequisite coursework before classes begin in the fall.

Prospective students who submit complete applications will be contacted during spring quarter. Students are admitted into cohorts that begin during fall quarter only.

Degree Requirements

In addition to completing the program’s required course of study, each student’s progress is reviewed quarterly by the program’s faculty. Reviews involve student’s academic and clinical progress and appropriate professional behavior.

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