Courses

Students completing all requirements including course requirements, 150 hours of introductory fieldwork, 800 hours of field experience/ internship following completion of coursework, and a passing score on the required Praxis exam for School Counseling, will be eligible for the Master of Science in School Counseling and may apply for recommendation for the Pupil Personnel Services Credential with a Specialization in School Counseling.

Please note: Degree requirements should be completed within a 5-year period commencing with semester of earliest course. Student may petition the School of Education for an extension. 

Core Requirements 

 

PPS503 Counseling Theory

The course surveys the major theoretical approaches to individual counseling in the schools: e.g., Person-Centered Counseling, Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy, Behavioral Counseling/Therapy, Cognitive and Cognitive/Behavior Therapy, and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. Theories of change and resiliency research are studied. Students will examine each theory critically, practice techniques from some of them, and define a personal approach to counseling. Prerequisite: Declared School Psychology or School Counseling Specialization.(3 units)

PPS503-A
Felipe, Francisco,, III
09/05/2023 M 7:05 PM - 9:30 PM Yeager Center B252
PPS503-A
STAFF, STAFF
05/06/2024 W 4:30 PM - 6:55 PM Yeager Center
PPS503-B
STAFF, STAFF
05/06/2024 W 7:05 PM - 9:30 PM Yeager Center

PPS508 ProgmDesignandtheASCANatnlModel

In this course, students will learn how to design a comprehensive K-12 school counseling program using the ASCA National Model Framework. Students will be able to create developmentally appropriate prevention and intervention activities which align with multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS). Students will gain knowledge and skill on all twelve ASCA elements and as well as the four overarching components of the model in a practical way where they can apply principles to K-12 school settings. (3 units; As offered)

PPS508-A
STAFF, STAFF
05/06/2024 W 4:30 PM - 6:55 PM Yeager Center

PPS512 Cnseling Technq Exceptnl Child

The nature and needs of pupils in special education with a wide range of learning disorders and handicaps, as well as health problems, and emotional problems will be studied in conjunction with appropriate educational and counseling interventions. Attention to ethics and legislation governing special education, including those regulating practice with diverse populations is included. Prerequisite: Declared School Psychology or School Counseling Specialization (3 units; As offered)

PPS512-A
STAFF, STAFF
05/06/2024 M 7:05 PM - 9:30 PM Yeager Center

PPS521 Devlp Culturally Competent Pract

This course will prepare school counselors and school psychologists with the knowledge, perspectives, and skills needed for effective practice in America's increasingly diverse schools. Through a series of field investigations and readings, students will examine how their own culturally-based beliefs and assumptions affect therapeutic practice, as well as how cultural factors, inter-group interactions, and racism are related to students' school behavior, learning, and academic achievement. Prerequisite: Declared School Psychology or School Counseling Specialization. (3 units)

PPS521-A
Nance, Shelby M.
01/08/2024 W 7:05 PM - 9:30 PM Yeager Center B251
PPS521-A
STAFF, STAFF
05/06/2024 Th 4:30 PM - 6:55 PM Yeager Center

PPS528 SchlConselingLdrshpandAdvocacy

In this course, students will analyze the shifting role of K-12 school counselors as school leaders and learn how to effectively advocate for their programs. Students will be exposed to key components of school leadership and identify ways that school counselors can use their unique knowledge and skill set to lead systemic change that will benefit all students equitably. They will also be able to identify strategies to market their programs to educate and inform key stakeholders. (3 units; As offered)

PPS528-A
STAFF, STAFF
05/06/2024 M 4:30 PM - 6:55 PM Yeager Center

PPS530 UseofDataandAssesmntinSchlConsl

In this course, students will actively explore the use of data in K-12 school counseling. Students will be able to identify a variety of achievement and achievement-related data including discipline, attendance, and academics to create needs-based prevention and intervention for all students. They will also learn ways to assess themselves and their programs in order to investigate strengths, gaps, and areas of growth that will serve to increase and improve services for all students. (3 units; As offered)

PPS530-A
Caro, Pedro L.
09/05/2023 W 4:30 PM - 6:55 PM Yeager Center B221

PPS533 Crisis Rspns, Beh Intrvntn, Mgmt

This course will focus on the basic aspects of effective Crisis Response within the educational setting. Candidates will demonstrate the ability to draw from a variety of approaches and research based intervention strategies to assess and address the needs of students at-risk for academic failure due to depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, familial duress, traumatic events, natural disasters and terrorist events. Students learn principles of psychological triage, crisis response, prevention, mitigation, intervention and critical incidence stress debriefing. Prerequisite: Declared School Psychology or School Counseling Specialization. (3 units)

PPS533-A
Nava, Yuridia
01/08/2024 W 4:30 PM - 6:55 PM Yeager Center B220
PPS533-A
STAFF, STAFF
05/06/2024 Th 7:05 PM - 9:30 PM Yeager Center

PPS541 Human Communication Grp Process

This course presents a theoretical basis for group work, including group purpose, development, dynamics, and methods. It also requires application of learning through practice in group planning and group leadership in both small groups and classroom groups. Prerequisite: Declared School Psychology or School Counseling Specialization. (3 units)

PPS541-A
Caro, Pedro L.
01/08/2024 M 4:30 PM - 6:55 PM Yeager Center B221

PPS555 Intervnt, Consult and Collabratn

This course will focus on the basic aspects of effective communication between education professionals and others involved in the education and care of disabled individuals, including parents and family members. PPS credential candidates will acquire professional knowledge and skills which will be developed through readings, seminar discussions, in-class role plays, and field based practice experiences. They will discuss relevant ASCA/NASP professional standards. Ten hours of fieldwork is required for this course. Prerequisite: Declared School Psychology or School Counseling Specialization.(3 units)

PPS555-A
McPhail, Jason Lind
09/05/2023 T 7:05 PM - 9:30 PM Yeager Center B221
PPS555-A
STAFF, STAFF
05/06/2024 W 7:05 PM - 9:30 PM Yeager Center

PPS566 LegalEthic Prct DvrsGrps SchCnsl

This course introduces legal and ethical practice to PPS candidates in school counseling. The Code of Ethics, Federal and State laws and Best Practices established by ASCA will be reviewed and actively applied through observation of school counselors, interviews with them, class work, case studies and direct applications in school-based settings. Candidates will demonstrate knowledge of legal and ethical issues faced by school counselors, professional standards, the fundamentals of Federal and State guidelines and education code. Emphasis will be placed on the legal and ethical issues encountered under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) such as free appropriate public education, Individual Education Programs (IEPs) and 504 plans, mediation, consultation and collaboration, due process, confidentiality laws, and family and student rights, limited liability, crisis response, and privileged communication. Fifteen (15) hours of fieldwork are required for this course. Prerequisite: Declared School Counseling Specialization. (3 units)

PPS566-A
Bennett, Erika
01/08/2024 M 7:05 PM - 9:30 PM Yeager Center B251

School Counseling Requirements 

 

PPS502 Intro to School Counseling

Introduces students to theory, roles, and functions, and current issues of school counseling as an academic discipline and as a professional field. This course will orient new students to the ACSA national model of school counseling practice taught within this program: a scholar-practitioner model which requires the ability to think critically within the context of a broad base of practical experience. Prerequisite: Declared School Counseling Specialization. (3 units)

PPS502-A
Caro, Pedro L.
09/05/2023 M 4:30 PM - 6:55 PM Yeager Center B220

PPS543 Transition and Career Counseling

Offers school counseling candidates the opportunity to acquire and apply knowledge of school-based career development programs and how to develop, implement and evaluate them. Candidates also learn to use computer-assisted career guidance systems and other tools to facilitate pupils in career development and decision-making. Prerequisite: Declared School Counseling Specialization.(3 units)

PPS543-A
Bennett, Erika
09/05/2023 W 7:05 PM - 9:30 PM Yeager Center B221

PPS550 Practicum:Edu IntrvntnDivrsGrp

This practicum is designed to equip students with knowledge and skills necessary to become effective problem solvers in relation to academic issues. Prerequisite: Declared School Psychology or School Counseling Specialization. Prerequisite: Acceptance to School Counseling program. (1 unit; As offered)

PPS550-A
Nava, Yuridia
01/20/2024 Sa 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Yeager Center B258

PPS561 Seminar in Prog Design and Eval

This course will involve candidates with knowledge and skills necessary to plan, develop, implement and evaluate systematic counseling and guidance programs. A minimum of twenty (20) hours of practicum fieldwork is required. Prerequisite: Declared School Counseling Specialization.(1 unit)

PPS561-A
STAFF, STAFF
05/11/2024 Sa 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Yeager Center

Practicum Course Requirements 

 

PPS510 Practicum: Role of Sch Counselor

This course provides students with supervised opportunities to observe school counselors working in a variety of roles within a school community and to interact with school counselors regarding the nature of the job of school counselor. Reflection about the student's own personality, work style, and areas of strength and weakness will also be integrated into the understanding of the roles of the school counselor. Prerequisite: Declared School Counseling Specialization.(1 unit)

PPS510-A
Caro, Pedro L.
09/16/2023 Sa 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Yeager Center B259

PPS520 Practicum:Cnsl Individls and Grp

This course provides students with the opportunity to explore the role of the school counselor as a mental health agent within the school systems through observation, interview, and participation with a school-based mental health professional. Prerequisite: Declared School Counseling Specialization. (1 unit)

PPS520-A
Caro, Pedro L.
01/20/2024 Sa 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Yeager Center B251

PPS540 Prcticum:Prsnl and Career Assmnt

Provides students with supervised opportunities to observe school counselors working in a variety of ways with career counseling and career program development in school and community settings. Reflection about the student's own life experiences, skills, and values in relation to career choice and career theories will be integrated into understand the role of the school counselor. Prerequisite: Declared School Counseling Specialization. (1 unit)

PPS540-A
Bennett, Erika
09/16/2023 Sa 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Yeager Center B259

PPS565 Practicum:Beh Assmnt Intrvntn

Candidates will identify and assess problem behaviors and pathology in a multicultural educational setting, design positive behavior support plans, and develop comprehensive functional behavior support plans. They will design individual and school-wide plans to effect positive behavior change, analyze data to develop effective intervention strategies, and communicate these findings clearly. They will develop the knowledge and skills to address serious behavior problems. Prerequisite: Declared School Psychology or School Counseling Specialization. (1 unit; As offered)

PPS565-A
STAFF, STAFF
05/11/2024 Sa 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Yeager Center

 

Final Field Experience Requirements

 

Students must have documented at least 100 clock hours in practicum fieldwork through the completion of the practicum courses to be approved to begin the field experience/internship requirements.

PPS576 Final Field Practicum I

Supervised field experience in paid or unpaid internship in school counseling. Candidates develop competencies in assessment and data-based decision making, consultation and systems change, cognitive and academic interventions, mental health interventions, and home/school/community collaboration. In addition to the required field experience, students are expected to participate in fifteen (15) hours of on-campus seminar and group supervision each semester. Candidates for the PPS credential will complete 300 hours of field experience for each course with satisfactory evaluations by the university and district supervisors. Up to 150 hours of the total shall be devoted to issues of diversity. This may be satisfied with up to 100 clock hours in a diversity program or with the development and implementation of a program that addresses diversity issues. AND at least 50 clock hours shall be with at least 10 pupils (individually or in a group) of a racial and ethnic background different from that of the candidate. OR, all 50 clock hours with pupils of a racial and ethnic background different from the candidate. (Standard 31) Appropriate settings and activities will be documented by institutional records. This may be done on a full-time basis over the course of one academic year, or on a part-time basis over the period of no more than two consecutive academic years. Prerequisite: Declared School Counseling Specialization and successful completion of all coursework, including a minimum of 100 hours of practicum experience, approval by the Education Committee, and approval of fieldwork site by program coordinator or advisor. Pass/Fail. (3 units)

PPS576-B
Caro, Pedro L.
09/05/2023 T 4:30 PM - 6:55 PM James Complex 192
PPS576-C
Nance, Shelby M.
09/05/2023 T 4:30 PM - 6:55 PM Health Science Campus A015

PPS578 Final Field Practicum II

Supervised field experience in paid or unpaid internship in school counseling. Candidates develop competencies in assessment and data-based decision making, consultation and systems change, cognitive and academic interventions, mental health interventions, and home/school/community collaboration. In addition to the required field experience, students are expected to participate in fifteen (15) hours of on-campus seminar and group supervision each semester. Candidates for the PPS credential will complete 300 hours of field experience for each course with satisfactory evaluations by the university and district supervisors. Up to 150 hours of the total shall be devoted to issues of diversity. This may be satisfied with up to 100 clock hours in a diversity program or with the development and implementation of a program that addresses diversity issues. AND at least 50 clock hours shall be with at least 10 pupils (individually or in a group) of a racial and ethnic background different from that of the candidate. OR, all 50 clock hours with pupils of a racial and ethnic background different from the candidate. (Standard 31) Appropriate settings and activities will be documented by institutional records. This may be done on a full-time basis over the course of one academic year, or on a part-time basis over the period of no more than two consecutive academic years. Prerequisite: successful completion of all coursework, including a minimum of 100 hours of practicum experience, approval for the internship by the Education Committee, and approval of fieldwork site by program coordinator or advisor. Prerequisite: Declared School Counseling Specialization. Pass/Fail. (3 units)

PPS578-B
Caro, Pedro L.
10/30/2023 T 4:30 PM - 6:55 PM James Complex 192
PPS578-A
09/05/2023 T 4:30 PM - 6:55 PM Health Science Campus A015
PPS578-A
Caro, Pedro L.
01/08/2024 T 4:30 PM - 6:55 PM Yeager Center B218