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Masters of Counseling, School Counseling/MFT Concentration

The School Counseling concentration is a full-time, two-year course of study. Courses are offered during the day, in the evening, and on weekends. 

School Counseling reflects an integration of local program needs, the campus mission, and the direction provided by the National Standards and National Model of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and the National Career Development Guidelines (NOICC). 

Students acquire the skills to develop curriculum for small-group guidance, conduct individual and group therapy, and provide consultation and leadership in the creation and evaluation of integrated, comprehensive prevention and intervention programs.

Program Overview

  • 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 information, please contact:

Dr. Zachary Pietrantoni
Phone: 510-885-2978


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

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. Courses may take place 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 practical 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

Graduates of the MS in Counseling with a concentration in School Counseling often work in community agencies. Other graduates have been hired in agencies and businesses and other diverse settings, such as counselors in junior colleges, colleges, drug and alcohol abuse counselors in hospitals, and as advocates for mentally ill persons.  Additional courses taken for the Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential required by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and coursework required by the Board of Behaviors Sciences (BBS) may lead to positions providing mental health services and guidance support for students in K-12 schools, careers as child therapists in therapeutic nursery schools, assessment counselors, information and referral clinicians in employee assistance programs, individual and family therapists for police departments, organizational development specialists, and human resource professionals. Some graduates have pursued doctoral-level work in clinical and counseling psychology or education after completing their master’s degree in this program.

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.

Professional and Licensure Websites

Prerequisite Coursework

The prerequisites or foundation coursework below (or their equivalents) are required for all students in the M.S. in Counseling program.  Please check concentration requirements for additional prerequisites. Prerequisites must be completed before beginning graduate-level coursework.  This area may require 0-11 units that are not included in the major units:

Please refer to the Prerequisite Equivalency Course List to determine if your past courses and/or courses from others institutions fulfill these requirements.

If your institution or course is not listed, please contact the Education Administrative Office at Include a copy of the course description, course number, institution, and date completed. Courses 5 years or older will not be considered.

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:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • University application (submitted via CSU online application)
  • Department application
  • Personal Statement
  • Three letters of reference
  • Graduate  Record Examination (GRE) 
  • Prerequisites (see curriculum requirements above) are not required for admission, but must be completed prior to start of graduate coursework in the Fall term of admission to the program.

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

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