MA in Counseling and Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling (PPSC) with CWA Authorization

This integrated master's degree in counseling prepares students to serve as a School Counselor, providing support to children and encouraging youth to pursue college and careers.

School Counseling Program Overview

The program in school counseling prepares students to serve as counselors in the public schools for grades K-12 and meets the requirements for a California state credential authorizing service as a school counselor.

Students with a previously earned master’s degree in counseling or a related field may earn a California state PPSC credential with Child Welfare Attendance (CWA) Authorization without enrolling in this master's degree program. Those candidates who enroll only in the PPSC credential program will be governed by credential policies. All other candidates will be governed by graduate degree and credential policies with credential policies superseding graduate policies


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    Admission Requirements

    Applicants for the Master of Arts in Counseling and Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

    • Completed application
    • An autobiographical essay (2-3 pages)
    • GPA: Meet 1 of these 4 GPA options for admission
    • Current Resume (showing experience working with children)
    • Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions where baccalaureate and/or post-baccalaureate coursework was completed or attempted
    • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who know the candidate in a work setting, preferably one working with children
    • Proof of passing score report on the California Basic Skills Test (CBEST) or any of the CTC approved basic skills test
    Program start dates                   

    Program starts three times a year in Fall 1, Spring 1, and Summer 1. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

    Stand Alone Credential

    A stand alone School Counseling Credential may be available to candidates who have earned a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, Social Work, Counseling, or the equivalent in a directly related field from a regionally accredited institution.

    Graduate Level Exams

    For detailed information about graduate exam and minimum test score requirements, please reference the University of Massachusetts Global Catalog.


    Master's Degree in Counseling Curriculum

    • CSPU 500  Introduction to Counseling and Interpersonal Relations: Concepts and Skills


      CSPU 511  Introduction to the Ethical Practice of School Counseling


      CSPU 512  Advanced Counseling and Intervention


      CSPU 513  Group Leadership and Intervention


      CSPU 514  Cultural and Community Issues in Counseling and School Psychology


      CSPU 619  Practicum and Supervision in School Counseling


      CSPU 516  Children and Youth in Developmental Context


      CSPU 616  Leadership and Systems Change


      CSPU 617  Transition to Work and Career


      CSPU 618  Best Practices in Counseling


      CSPU 620  Supervision and Mentoring in School Counseling I


      CSPU 621  Supervision and Mentoring in School Counseling II


      CSPU 640  Consultation and Indirect Intervention


      EDUU 511  Collaboration For Inclusive Schooling


      EDUU 600  Research and Evaluation Methods


      EDUU 602  Positive Behavior Supports


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    University of Massachusetts Global is accredited by the WSCUC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)


    University of Massachusetts Global's Credential and Authorization Education programs are accredited by California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

    The counseling program prepared me for my surprise career in behavioral health by providing me with a strong background and practical experience in counseling techniques and a strong skill set in research and critical thinking—key in building a leadership career.
    Robert P. | M.A. Psychology
    The professors realized I have a life and wanted to pursue my dreams. They didn’t make me feel like I had to choose between family and school. They made me feel like I could be successful in both.
    Dominique H. | B.A. Psychology
    All of my instructors inspired me. They were working in the field as well as teaching, so the stories they shared made it relatable and attainable. The staff and faculty are all very positive and provide motivation for the students.
    Quinton J. | B.A. Psychology

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