|CSPU 500||Introduction to Counseling and Interpersonal Relations: Concepts and Skills||3|
|CSPU 511||Introduction to the Ethical Practice of School Counseling||
|CSPU 512||Advanced Counseling and Intervention||3|
|CSPU 513||Group Leadership and Intervention||3|
|CSPU 514||Cultural and Community Issues in Counseling and School Psychology||3|
|CSPU 516||Children and Youth in Developmental Context||3|
|CSPU 616||Leadership and Systems Change||
|CSPU 617||Transition to Work and Career||
|CSPU 618||Best Practices in Counseling||
|CSPU 619||Practicum and Supervision in School Counseling*||3|
|CSPU 620||Supervision and Mentoring in School Counseling I||
|CSPU 621||Supervision and Mentoring in School Counseling II||
|CSPU 640||Consultation and Indirect Intervention||3|
|EDUU 511||Collaboration for Inclusive Schooling||3|
|EDUU 600||Research and Evaluation Methods||3|
|EDUU 602||Positive Behavior Supports||
MA in Counseling, PPS Credential with CWA Authorization
Position yourself to become a school counselor for grades K-12 with this master’s degree in counseling. Your coursework will also earn the Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPSC) in School Counseling for California.
School Counseling Program Overview
School counselors play an important, varied role for today’s students, providing mental health counseling, college and career guidance, and acting as liaison between schools, parents, and students. Designed for students seeking to become K-12 school counselors, the rigorous master’s degree in counseling coursework includes the PPSC credential, accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
- Learn to apply the latest core counseling theories with a thorough understanding of the legal and ethical issues involved.
- Explore the dynamics of individual and group counseling and intervention.
- Develop the skills needed to become better communicators with pupils of all backgrounds and cultures.
- Model and apply counseling strategies to address student social and emotional challenges, as well as preparing student for transitioning to college or the workplace.
- Develop understanding of the cultural and community issues involved with school counseling and psychology.
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Upon graduating, you will receive the Child Welfare and Attendance (CWA) authorization helping you stand out when applying for jobs.
UMass Global has a long history of preparing educators for the workforce with quality programs and credentials helping our students apply what they learn immediately outside of the classroom.
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Our future-ready program offers instruction in tele-therapy and virtual counseling for remote learners.
University of Massachusetts Global is accredited by the WSCUC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)
University of Massachusetts Global's School of Education is accredited by the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing.
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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.
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.
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.
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
- Proof of passing score report on the California Basic Skills Test (CBEST) or any of the CTC approved basic skills test
Program starts three times a year in Fall 1, Spring 1, and Summer 1. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.
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.
For detailed information about graduate exam and minimum test score requirements, please reference the University of Massachusetts Global Catalog.
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