Why earn your M.S. in School Counseling at CBU?
Blend theory and practical experience
CBU’s M.S. in School Counseling prepares graduates to plan, implement and evaluate
students’ academic, career, personal and social development. In addition, our graduates
are trained to provide consultation and training to teachers and parents in order
to meet students’ unique needs. In addition to learning foundational concepts, our
program incorporates hands-on experiences starting in the first semester. The blend
of theory and practical experience provides a model for success in the student’s internship
and career as a school counselor.
Learn with a cohort
This program is made up of a small cohort of students that progress though the program
together. The cohort model creates an environment where cooperative learning is cultivated
with relationships that are essential for vocational networking.
Prepare to pass the School Counselor Exam
CBU's Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential in School Counseling prepares students
to take the standardized School Counselor Examination (ETS/PRAXIS II) and it prepares
students to advance in a career as a school counselor in a public school or other
educational setting. Graduates of the program earn their Master of Science and PPS
The pupil personnel services credentials (school psychology and school counseling)
programs offered by CBU’s Dr. Bonnie G. Metcalf School of Education are approved by
the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).
Developing Culturally Competent Practice
This course will prepare school counselors and school psychologists with the knowledge,
perspectives, and skills needed for effective practice in America’s increasingly diverse
Crisis Response, Behavior Intervention and Management
This course will focus on the basic aspects of effective crisis response within the
Educational Assessment for School Counseling
This course will introduce students to specific assessment and educational testing
techniques, strategies, instruments appropriate for use in identifying and placing
special educational students, planning and measuring learning progress, and reevaluating
Evidence of Student Learning
- PPS candidates communicate in a supportive, problem-solving fashion using active listening,
flexibility and effective facilitation.
- PPS candidates have an awareness of cultural factors that impact student development,
behavioral functioning, and home interactions. PPS candidates understand the implications
of diversity upon the design and administration of assessments and interventions.
- PPS candidates help students, parents, and teachers effectively access technology,
as well as how to enhance learning with appropriate technologies. PPS candidates use
technology and database in evidence based practice, decision making, program evaluation,
assessment and progress monitoring.
1. What are the program's entry dates and application deadline?
The M.S. in School Counseling with a PPS Credential is typically offered as a cohort-based
model. The cohort model requires a minimum of 10 students to begin and allows students
to progress through the program in a cohesive manner, which encourages relationship
and competence. Please check with admissions to find out the next available cohort
2. How long does the program take?
This program can be completed in 2.5 years by taking 7 units in each of the spring,
summer and fall terms. Please contact the graduate program advisor at the Metcalf
School of Education or attend a Graduate Program Information Session for more detailed
program completion details.
3. Can I work full time while enrolled in the program?
Yes. However, students will be required to complete fieldwork during their course
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