School & College Counseling


The School and College Counseling program at CSUDH offers a blended educational counseling program with the opportunity to specialize in both school and college student populations. Students are able to simultaneously earn one or more of the objectives below:  

Degree and Credential Objectives offered in the Counseling Program:

  • Master of Science in Counseling, School Counseling option
  • Master of Science in Counseling, College Counseling option
  • Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential, School Counseling
  • Child Welfare and Attendance (CWA) Authorization
  • Certificate in College Counseling

Please click the following program links for specific information about the M.S. in Counseling, PPS, CWA, and Certificate in College Counseling programs:

The School/College Counseling program admits new students once a year, every Fall Semester. 

The application window opens on October 1st and closes on February 1st. 
Applications must be submitted in full by the Feb. 1st deadline for consideration. 

Counseling Online Information Session

We invite you to attend our next Information Session scheduled for Wed. Nov. 2, 2022, 6:00 pm via Zoom.  

Registration link:

Please download our Program Information sheet and Frequently Asked Questions (links below) prior to the session to best inform you about our program. Prospective students will have the opportunity to ask questions to faculty and current students.

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To Apply to the Counseling Program:

  1. Download the MS Counseling Program Information to learn about the specific items you will need to complete the application. The Frequently Asked Questions sheet is also very helpful to prospective students when applying.
  2. Apply through Cal State Apply Cal State Apply .The Cal State Apply application is the only application needed to apply to the Counseling program. The application fee is $70 and is non-refundable.   
  3. Applications must be completed in full by the Feb. 1 deadline in order to be considered for admission, so be sure to upload all requested documents and respond to each question carefully. 

CA Basic Skills Requirement Update for Applicants

Due to very recent changes by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) in how the California Basic Skills Requirement (BSR) may be met, we are not requiring applicants to submit proof of having met the BSR in their application. However, we do encourage applicants to upload BSR verification in their application (such as passing California Basic Educational Skills Test CBEST scores) if they have it. 

Admitted students wishing to pursue the School Counseling option or PPS credential will have to furnish BSR verification within their first year of the program. If you have no intention of earning the PPS and just wish to earn the M.S. College Counseling option, then you do not need to meet the basic skills requirement. 

For more information on the various ways the BSR may be met, go to   Methods include approved undergraduate coursework, a combination of coursework and CBEST sections, as well as target scores on SAT, ACT, or AP tests.

Final note: the CSU Apply application was written prior to CCTC’s announcement of expanded methods of meeting the BSR, so if you plan to meet the BSR through coursework, simply do not answer the question on BSR documentation. To reiterate, if you are admitted and wish to use undergraduate coursework to meet the BSR, your coursework will be evaluated after admission

Please contact the Division of Graduate Education office for more information: (310) 243-3524.

The Counseling and Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) graduate programs at CSUDH's College of Education prepare educators to work successfully with culturally and linguistically diverse learners in urban schools grade Pre-K through 12 as school counselors, as well as college counselors in community colleges and universities. Valued and hired by public school districts throughout greater Los Angeles, as well as private schools and institutions of higher education, our Counseling graduates are recognized for their professional standards, collaborative skills and commitment to educational equality for all learners.

Features of the Counseling and PPS programs include:

M.S. in Counseling with options in School Counseling and College Counseling

The Master of Science in Counseling program prepares students for careers in a variety of educational counseling settings.  Students can choose to specialize in School or College specializations and are able to concurrently pursue the Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential, which is required to work as a School Counselor in the public schools.

Our program is designed to provide students with a broad conceptual knowledge base in counseling, and training in specific counseling skills applicable to a diversity of populations and needs.  Our program stresses the importance of self-awareness, reflective examination, and intrapersonal and professional growth in order to provide a comprehensive preparation in educational counseling.

Specialized Credential in Pupil Personnel Services (PPS), School Counseling, Optional authorization in Child Welfare and Attendance (CWA)

Candidates completing the M.S. in Counseling (in either option) have the option to simultaneously earn a PPS Credential in School Counseling provided they have met the CA Basic Skills Requirement. The PPS Credential program equips candidates with the knowledge and skills to promote the personal, social and academic development of multicultural and linguistically diverse pupils in public schools. Candidates completing the PPS Credential also have the option of earning an authorization in Child Welfare and Attendance (CWA). The CWA authorization prepares candidates with the specialized training to assist pupils with school attendance and truancy concerns.

Theory into Practice

Blending theory and practice, our Counseling courses include assignments and projects that integrate research, practice, reflective and experiential learning and field-based experience. Through field experiences in schools, colleges, and other community agencies, Counseling and PPS candidates have a range of opportunities to gain valuable firsthand experience with students in educational settings.

Evolving Curriculum

By continually assessing and evaluating the needs of local urban schools, the Counseling coursework and training remain relevant and connected to the current demands of school districts as well as the communities they serve. Candidates finish the program well prepared to anticipate and address emerging as well as existing challenges learners face in today's urban high-needs schools.

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