Masters of Counseling/MFT Concentration
The school counseling concentration is a full-time (two-year with summer courses) or part-time (three-year with summer courses) program of study that prepares candidates for a Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential in School Counseling. Candidates may also choose to complete fieldwork that will prepare candidates for an Associate Marriage and Family Therapy (AMFT) Registration. Completing the marriage and family therapy (MFT) option can be finished in 2 years full-time or 3 years part-time with summer classes. Courses are offered during the later afternoon and evening in a hybrid format.
Our school counseling program is a field-based model that integrates our program, college, and university missions through data-driven, comprehensive school counseling programs and services that enrich equity, inclusion, and diversity for all pupils and their families. Our school counseling program is accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and follows CTC standards, Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) statutes and regulations (pp. 23-26), and American School Counselor Association (ASCA) school counselor competencies.
The mission of our School Counseling Program (SCP) is to prepare socially just professional school counselors who:
- Promote diversity, equity, and inclusion for all pupils
- Advocate for the academic, college/career, social-emotional, and mental health success for all pupils
- Collaborate with all stakeholders to ensure access, attainment, and achievement for all pupils
- Commit to lifelong professional development
For more information, please contact the Program Coordinator for School Counseling:
Dr. Zachary Pietrantoni
- Fall Admission only
- Full-time program can be completed in about 2 years (~5 semesters, including summer courses)
- Part-time program can be completed in about 3 years (~7 semesters, including summer courses)
- MFT option can be completed in 2 years (~5 semesters) full-time or 3 years (~7 semesters) part-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.
Application Dates for Fall 2022
Department Applications open: October 1, 2021
Department Applications Close: January 14, 2022
University Applications open: October 1, 2021
University Applications close: January 14, 2022
University Document deadline: July 1, 2022
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 applying to our program should follow the university and departmental admissions 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
- Personal Statement
- 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
- Passing score on California Basic Skills Test (CBEST)
- Please see the following link for more options: Basic Skills Requirements
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.
Program and Course Structure
The Master’s of Science in Counseling with a School Counseling concentration is a 2 year full-time or 3-year part-time 60 unit program. The MFT option could be completed in conjunction with the School Counseling concentration in 2 years full-time or 3 years part-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 late 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 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 see the following link for 2 years full-time or 3 years part-time Sample Course Schedule.
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.
All candidates are required to complete a minimum amount of hours in the field each semester. Candidates will complete a minimum of 900 Pupil Personnel Services hours in two of the three grade levels. In addition, candidates who choose to complete the Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) option will complete an additional 225 MFT hours in schools. Candidates are prepared for work with youth and adults who need support with academic, college/career, social-emotional, and mental health. Our program trains candidates to be trauma-informed counselors who promote resilience, mindfulness, and wellness by focusing on client strength. Our program is field-based and candidates learn theory in the classroom and practice what they learned in the schools under the supervision of site and university supervision.
Coursework and fieldwork experiences emphasize the development of our candidates’ ability to provide data-driven, comprehensive school counseling programs and services that meet California Commission on Teacher Credentialing standards, Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) statutes and regulations (pp. 23-26). Candidates acquire the knowledge and skills to develop, deliver, and evaluate consultation, individual counseling, small group counseling, and classroom guidance lessons.
Candidates who choose to complete the MFT option will complete specific assigned activities and supervised experiences related to the BBS licensure requirements.
Candidates will complete the following:
- Coursework for the degree and credential;
- Fieldwork 1 to 2 days per week for the entire academic year (450 hours);
- Assignments and supervised experiences meet the CTC and BBS requirements;
- MFT option will complete additional training hours (225) in schools.
Candidates who graduate from our program must complete the following to be recommended for their degree, the Pupil Personnel Services Credential in school counseling, and the Associate Marriage and Family Therapy Registration:
- Exit review
- Demonstrated proficiency in all categories of academic performance, clinical aptitudes, and professional dispositions
- Fieldwork hours
- Approved hour logs from supervisor
- Demonstrated proficiency on all supervisor evaluations from each semester
- A minimum passing score of satisfactory on all competencies on all evaluations
- A minimum score of 6 for sections 1.A.-1.E. and 1.J.-1.K. and a minimum score of 4 for sections 1.F.-1.I. on the Counselor Competencies Scale from the University supervisor on all case presentations and/or case conceptualizations
- Pass all course work with a B or better
- Candidates who receive less than a B in any course will be placed on academic probation and required to remediate the concern
- Pass the Praxis 5421 with a 156 or better
- Electronic Portfolio
- Writing Skill Test
- Exit interview
- Alumni contact information
Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPS) in School Counseling
The PPS credential is required to work as a counselor in K-12 school settings. The Department of Educational Psychology does not issue any credential. Our program is accredited by the CTC and prepares candidates for the PPS in school counseling certification requirements in California. Candidates who successfully meet the program requirements for graduation and demonstrate proficiency in academic performance, clinical aptitudes, and professional dispositions will be recommended for the PPS credential.
Candidates apply for the PPS credential at the end of their second year after they have been recommended by the faculty for their satisfactory completion of all credential competency requirements including fieldwork experience, academic performance, clinical aptitudes, and professional dispositions. Failure to apply for the PPS credential may result in not receiving employment upon graduation.
Associate Marriage and Family Therapy (AMFT) Registration
The AMFT registration allows candidates to work as an intern after graduation until they complete all the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) licensure requirements to become a licensed marriage and family therapist. Candidates who successfully meet all the program requirements for graduation and demonstrate proficiency in academic performance, clinical aptitudes, and professional dispositions will be recommended for the AMFT. The Department of Educational Psychology does not issue the registration nor do they issue any licenses. Our School Counseling Program with an option in MFT is designed to meet the educational requirements for the California MFT license issued by the BBS. This license requires additional experience beyond this degree, as well as written and oral exams administered by the BBS.
- Marriage and Family Therapy License
- 3,000 hours of supervised experience
- Standard Written examination and Written Clinical Vignette examination
Candidates apply for the AMFT after they have been recommended by the faculty for their satisfactory completion of all MFT competency requirements including fieldwork experience, academic performance, clinical aptitudes, and professional dispositions. Candidates must apply for the AMT within 90 days of their degree being conferred by CSUEB. Failure to apply for the PPS credential may result in not receiving employment upon graduation.
Candidates who graduate from our program work in a variety of educational settings. Our graduates mostly work as elementary, middle school, and high school counselors. A portion of our graduates also work in postsecondary institutions (i.e., community colleges and universities).
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Graduates who complete the Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) option are allowed to work as an intern until they complete all of the BBS licensure requirements. Upon completing all licensure requirements, MFT counselors can work in community agencies, hospitals, drug and alcohol treatment centers, college counseling centers, or K-12 schools as mental health counselors. Once fully licensed, MFT counselors are able to open their own private practice to work with clients.