Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.)

School Counseling

w/ Pupil Personnel Services Credential

Blended or Online 48 units * 26 months

Repayment after graduation as low as


*if using financial aid

How to Pay
Take advantage of fully online courses - beginning in March
Accredited and Affordable Master's Programs

Program Highlights & Benefits

Successful completion leads to a Master’s degree and the CA Pupil Personal Services credential

Meets all CTC and WASC standards and credential requirements

Rich and rewarding learning experiences in a cohort model with peers who seek similar career goals

Guided fieldwork experience provided by credentialed, experienced school counselors and university supervisors

What You Learn

The school counseling program offers candidates the opportunity to engage in courses focused on research-based foundational theory, skill development and practical experiences needed to serve diverse student populations. Guided field work experiences in site-based school environments provide opportunities to practice skills in educational assessment, personal, social, academic and career counseling; program coordination, supervision and consultation; interaction with administrators, teachers, parents, support services and outside agencies within the context of current law, district policies and professional ethics.

How You Learn

Blended Option: This is a blended cohort program offered on the Irvine campus. Each term, cohorts will complete one course every eight weeks. Each course has four classes that will meet on campus from 6:00-7:30 p.m. during weeks 1, 3, 5 and 7. The other four weeks (2, 4, 6 and 8) will meet online synchronously for the practicum and fieldwork. Candidates actively engage with each other through an online learning management system, complete assignments, participate in online discussions, and collaborate on group activities.

Online Option: This is an online cohort program. Each term, cohorts will complete one course every eight weeks. Classes will meet online synchronously each week. The night of the week will remain the same throughout the program (Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday) from 6:00- 7:30pm. All online students must have access to a computer with an internet connection, web camera, and microphone.

Career Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, candidates will earn a Master of Arts in Education: School Counseling degree and will be eligible for the California Pupil Personnel Services Credential. Although this program is designed to prepare candidates to serve as school counselors in the state of California, additional career opportunities might include options such as:

  • Employment specialist/case manager
  • Career advancement counselor
  • Post-secondary admissions counselor/recruiter
  • Post-secondary academic advisor
  • Student services specialist/financial aid counselor
  • Residential life director
  • Adoptions counselor
  • Substance abuse counselor
  • Juvenile corrections counselor


In addition to the admission requirements for a graduate degree in the School of Education, applicants must submit a Basic Skills Verification (through CBEST results or other state-approved alternatives) and a valid teaching credential or Certificate of Clearance.

Course List

Core Curriculum 

EDSC 511Introduction to School Counseling3
EDSC 515Leadership: Intervention, Consultation & Collaboration3
EDSC 520Educational Assessment3
EDSC 522Theories of Counseling3
EDSC 531Human Communication: Group Process3
EDSC 535Counseling Exceptional Children3
EDSC 541Psychopathology3
EDSC 550Counseling Diverse Populations3
EDSC 551Legal and Ethical Issues3
EDSC 561Crises Response, Interventions & Management3
EDSC 562Career Counseling and Development3
 Total Core Curriculum Semester Hours:33 Units

Fieldwork Experience 

EDSC 590Practicum in School Counseling3
EDSC 591Fieldwork in School Counseling6
 Total Fieldwork Semester Hours:9 Units

Capstone Experience

EDSC 580Educational Research3
EDSC 605Capstone Project3
 Total Capstone Semester Hours:6 Units

Master’s Degree Total: 48 Semester Hours