- Fall Admission only. Full-time Admission only.
- Full-time program can be completed in about 2 years (~5 semesters, including summer courses)
- MFT option can be completed in 2 years (~5 semesters) full-time.
- Courses will be offered online or at the Hayward Campus only
- Classes are during the late afternoon and evening
Candidates who graduate from the school counseling program will have completed course work to be recommended for the following:
- Master’s of Science in Counseling
- Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling
Candidates who choose to complete the Marriage and Family Therapy option will have completed fieldwork to be recommended for the following (in addition to the aforementioned credentials):
- Associate Marriage and Family Therapy (AMFT) Registration
The Master’s of Science in Counseling with a School Counseling concentration and option in MFT is designed to prepare candidates to be professional school counselors who use data-driven, comprehensive programs and services to advocate for social justice, equity, inclusion, and diversity in P-20 settings. Candidates have an option to complete additional fieldwork hours to acquire an AMFT Registration to increase their options to work with children and families inside and outside of schools. The School Counseling Program is committed to training socially just candidates who are competent in developing, implementing and evaluating comprehensive programs and services that are designed to be educational and preventative with a focus on developmentally appropriate and culturally responsive approaches.
Our school counseling program is committed to the advancement of social justice, democracy, and professional excellence. Our candidates are knowledgeable and competent in engaging in counseling, consultation, advocacy, and support to diverse populations. Furthermore, our candidates learn how to become effective leaders and systemic change agents to ensure access, attainment, and achievement of all students.
Program of Study
Program and Course Structure
The Master’s of Science in Counseling with a School Counseling concentration is a 2 year full-time 60 unit program. The MFT training preparation could be completed in conjunction with the School Counseling concentration in 2 years full-time. Courses are offered in a defined cohort sequence during fall, spring, and summer terms. Courses are offered in a hybrid format and take place during the afternoon and evening.
Candidates must satisfactorily complete all coursework and fieldwork requirements to be recommended for the degree and credential. Candidates are evaluated on their academic performance, clinical aptitude, and professional development. Candidates who choose to complete the training toward the Marriage and Family Therapy licensure must complete additional fieldwork hours to be recommended for the Associate Marriage and Family Therapy (AMFT) Registration.
A cohort is a group of candidates who enter, move through and graduate from the program in the same group, at the same time. Cohorts foster learning communities that promote academic development and professional support.
Faculty members in the Department of Educational Psychology have expertise in different areas of counseling in schools and community agencies, 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, consultants, and/or researchers.
Applicants applying to our program should review and follow the University and Department admissions requirements and procedures, including the submission of:
- University Application (submitted via Cal State Apply)
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
- Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0
- Official transcripts after you apply (How to submit Documents)
- Department Application: Online submission only with all documents uploaded electronically
- Statement of Purpose: How have you learned about what school counselors do and how do you plan to use what you have learned in the profession?
What is your goal for attending this program and your goal for becoming a professional school counselor?
What strengths will help you reach your goals and what areas of growth do you need to continue to work on to reach your goals?
- Current Resume
- Unofficial Transcripts
- Applicants with international transcripts with a foreign degree must provide an official evaluation of that coursework by a CTC approved agency and sent electronically to the Department, for a list of approved agencies visit Foreign Transcript Evaluation
- Three academic/professional letters of recommendation
- Prerequisite course - Introduction to Statistics (STAT 100) must be completed prior to the start of graduate coursework.
- Basic Skills Requirement Candidates need to demonstrate proficiency in one of the Basic Skills Requirement options determined by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
Options to meet the BSR:
- Pass the CBEST
- Pass the CSET: Multiple Subjects CSET exams PLUS Writing Skills Exam (CSET #142)
- Pass the CSU Early Assessment Program or the CSU Placement Exams
- Achieve qualifying score on the SAT or ACT
- College Board Advance Placement (AP) Examinations
- Pass the Basic Skills Exam from Another State
- Meet the Basic Skills Requirement by Coursework
*For reading: a course in critical thinking, literature, philosophy, reading, rhetoric, or textual analysis.
*For writing: a course in composition, English, rhetoric, written communication, or writing.
*For mathematics: a course in algebra, geometry, mathematics, quantitative reasoning, or statistics.
- Meet the Basic Skills Requirement by Coursework and Exam
For more information, visit CTC Basic Skills Requirement.
For options #7 and #8, please review and complete the Request of Basic Skills Requirement Evaluation form. Prospective students must have a Department Application in progress or submitted. Email ALL unofficial transcripts, passing test scores (if applicable), a copy of your $25 CashNet Department Application fee receipt, and this completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject line of your email should be Request for BSR Evaluation and include your name. Once the Request for Basic Skill Requirement request has been reviewed, you will receive the decision back via email (the email listed on the form).
Candidates must complete one prerequisite course prior to the start of graduate coursework. The prerequisite course must be completed with a “B” or better. If a prerequisite course does not meet this requirement, the candidate will need to retake it prior to starting the program. The following is the required prerequisite for admission into our school counseling program with an option in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT):
- Introduction to Statistics and Probability (3 units): This course should cover descriptive statistics (i.e., measures of central tendency, dispersion, correlation), elementary discrete probability distributions, and introduction to tests of statistical hypotheses.
Please refer to the Prerequisite Equivalency Course List to determine if your past courses and/or courses from other institutions fulfill these requirements. If your institution or course is not listed, please contact the Education Administrative Office at email@example.com. Include a copy of the course description, course number, institution, and date completed. Courses 10 years or older will not be considered.
Application Dates for Fall 2023
Department Applications Close: March 1, 2023
University Applications close: March 1, 2023
University Document deadline for all official transcripts: July 1, 2023
Admission is for the fall semester only. Applicants are encouraged to attend an informational session prior to submitting an application. Applicants are accepted for full-time or part-time entry into the program.
Candidates may access our program handbook here. The purpose of the program handbook is to give candidates an overview of program policies, procedures, and accreditation standards.
What is the difference between school counseling and school psychology programs?
The specialization in school counseling authorizes the candidate to perform the following duties:
Develop, plan, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program that includes academic, college/career, social-emotional, and mental health services.
Advocate for the academic, college/career, social-emotional, and mental health needs of all applicants.
Utilize school data to make informed decisions to address inequities in school.
Provide schoolwide prevention and intervention strategies and counseling services.
Provide consultation, training, and staff development to teachers and parents regarding applicantss’ needs.
The specialization in school psychology authorizes the candidate to perform the following duties:
Provide services that enhance academic performance.
Design strategies and programs to address problems of adjustment.
Consult with other educators and parents on issues of social development and behavioral and academic difficulties.
Conduct psycho-educational assessment for purposes of identifying special needs.
Provide psychological counseling for individuals, groups, and families.
Coordinate intervention strategies for management of individuals and schoolwide crises.
When are courses offered? Do you offer fully online classes?
Our MS in Counseling with a concentration in school counseling offers a hybrid program. Courses are offered in a defined cohort sequence during fall, spring and summer semesters, during the afternoon and evening.
The other MS in Counseling programs are offered fully face-to-face and classes are during the day, afternoon, evenings, and some weekends.
Can I apply to more than one program?
No, you may only apply to one program at a time.
Do you offer a PPS Credential-only program for applicants who already have a Master’s degree?
We do not offer a credential-only program at this time.
What happens if I can’t make it to one of the program informational sessions?
Information sessions are an opportunity for applicants to learn about our program overview,pre-requisites, course of study, and application and interview process. If you are unable to attend one of the informational sessions, please contact Zachary Pietrantoni for questions about the school counseling program. You may contact one of the other program coordinators for questions specific to their program.
What is the admission process?
Admission is for the fall semester only. Applicants are encouraged to attend an informational session prior to submitting an application. Applicants are accepted for full-time or part-time entry into the program. Application deadline for the school counseling program is January 14.
Applicants applying to our program should follow the university and departmental admissions procedures, including the submission of:
Can I apply with any Bachelor’s degree major and work/volunteer background?
Yes, we encourage candidates from all majors and work/volunteer backgrounds to apply. The degree must be from an accredited institution and all program prerequisites must be completed prior to starting our program.
Is there a GPA requirement?
The minimum GPA requirement for the department is 3.0.
Is a GRE score required? Can I use my score from last year for this year’s applications?
The GRE is not required for the school counseling program.
Other MS in Counseling programs might require the GRE. Those programs may accept GRE scores within the last five years. There is no minimum score for the GRE to guarantee admission into the MS in Counseling program. The GRE will be used as an assessment tool to determine a prospective candidate’s qualification for entry into the program. You can register for the GRE here.
What are the prerequisite courses and where they can be completed?
All of the prerequisite courses (or equivalent courses) can be taken at any accredited institution, via face to face or online.
Where can I learn more about the profession?
Applicants can learn more about marriage and family therapy by visiting American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), reading articles, attending conferences, webinars, etc.
Applicants can learn more about school counseling by visiting American School Counseling Association (ASCA) or California Association of School Counseling (CASC), reading articles, attending conferences, webinars, shadowing a school counselor, etc.
Applicants can learn more about school psychology programs by visiting National Association for School Psychologists (NASP), reading articles, attending conferences, webinars, shadowing a school psychologist, etc.
Why is there an interview process?
The interview process is an opportunity for applicants, current graduate students, and department faculty to get to know each other on a personal and group level. The school counseling concentration will interview qualified applicants in three phases: (a) individual interview, (b) group interview, and (c) writing prompt.
Other programs may have a different interview process.
When and how will I be notified about an interview for the program?
Qualified applicants will be invited to interview with current graduate students and department faculty. Applicants selected to be interviewed may be invited for an interview within 4-6 weeks after applying. Interviews are scheduled until the program is full.
What is the WST- Writing Skills Test?
The California State University system requires all applicants to demonstrate writing competency at the university level in order to receive a baccalaureate or master's degree.
You will need to satisfy the University Writing Skills Requirement (UWSR) in order to receive a degree from CSUEB unless you are exempt by one of the following criteria:
If you have previously satisfied the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement at CSUEB or at another CSU campus, CSUEB will accept official certification of completion if the entire requirement, as specified by that CSU campus, was satisfied and you were a matriculated applicants at the time.
If you have graduated from any one of the CSU campuses; unless it is noted on your transcript that your USWR was not satisfied.
If you received an essay score of 4.5 or higher on the GMAT or GRE or an essay score of 53 or higher on the CBEST.
If you pass the Writing Skills Test (WST) at CSU East Bay.
If you pass a first-tier writing course and possibly a second-tier writing course (if needed).
What is the program of study?
The MS in Counseling degree with a concentration in School Counseling is a 60 unit program. The program can be completed in 2 years full-time or 3 years part-time. Candidates must satisfactorily complete all coursework and fieldwork requirements to be recommended for the degree and credential.
Candidates are evaluated on their academic performance, clinical aptitude, and professional development. Candidates who choose to complete the Marriage and Family Therapy option must complete additional fieldwork hours to be recommended for the Associate Marriage and Family Therapy (AMFT) Registration. The following program of study is recommended for all candidates completing the program full-time or part-time.
Please note: The schedules listed above are general timeframes based on previous years’ schedules. The schedules are subject to change.
Is there any advisor that I could speak to about the program?
If you have general questions regarding admissions requirements for the programs, you can contact the Educational Administrative Office (Phone: 510.885.3011 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org). For more specific questions regarding the programs you can contact the program coordinator:
Can I count towards the MFT license or PPS credential before I start the program?
Applicants may not complete any hours for MFT licensure or PPS credential prior to entering any MS in Counseling program.
Will you accept any transfer units from another institution?
Applicants for the school counseling program may be eligible to transfer up to 9 units from another graduate level counseling programs in some instances.
Other programs may not accept any transfer units.