Education - Counselor Education, Department of

MA - Education, Concentration in Counseling and Student Personnel

The Department of Counselor Education prepares its graduates to counsel and assess students in culturally and economically diverse K-12 and postsecondary educational settings as well as those involved with community-based organizations. Our department offers a Master of Arts degree in Education with a Concentration in Counseling and Student Personnel. Counselor Education faculty work closely with degree candidates to build effective assessment and counseling skills, nurture reflective thinking, and develop cultural skills and a commitment to social justice. Our graduates are prepared to facilitate student personal and educational success and lifelong learning.

Additional information is available on the Department of Counselor Education website:

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must submit a complete graduate application by applying through the CSU Cal State Apply system at and meet all the university admission requirements. Applicants apply separately to the department to obtain admission into the MA, Education, Concentration in Counseling and Student Personnel. See the GAPE Graduate Admissions website and this Catalog for general information about graduate admissions at SJSU.

Applicants from countries in which the native language is not English must achieve a minimum English-language proficiency test score as indicated on the Graduate Program Test Requirements webpage at GAPE. For TOEFL Requirements, see the Policies and Procedures section, Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Information in this Catalog.

Requirements for Admission to Classified Standing

Applicants may be fully admitted if they meet the admissions requirements for the Graduate Division and the department's requirements. The minimum requirements for the program are a bachelor's degree in any discipline and a 3.0 GPA. Preference is given to candidates who demonstrate a strong inclination to serve others, an interest in K-12 or post-secondary education, and a commitment to social justice.

A. Candidates must meet all university admissions requirements.

B. Department application materials include the items listed below and are to be sent directly to the department office at:

Department of Counselor Education

San José State University

One Washington Square, SH 404

San Jose CA 95192-0073

  1. Autobiographical and Professional Goals Statement (two to three pages, double-spaced) that includes the applicant's: a) educational background, b) experiences demonstrating a concern and capacity to work with people, c) professional goals in pursuing the degree and/or credential (include areas of interest in counseling), and d) any additional information explaining your interest in the Department of Counselor Education master's degree or credential program.
  2. Three (3) letters of recommendation from current or former professors and/or employers who can testify to the applicant's ability to successfully pursue an advanced academic degree and/or discuss the applicant's experience within the proposed field of study. Forms for these letters can be found on the Department of Counselor Education website.

C. Official sealed transcripts from each college/university attended should be sent to:

Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations

San José State University

One Washington Square, SH 404

San Jose CA 95192-0073

Admission to Conditionally Classified Standing

Applicants may be conditionally admitted (admitted with conditions) if they meet the admission requirements for the Graduate Division but do not fully meet departmental admissions requirements. The individual admission notification will explain required terms and conditions for attaining Classified standing.

Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy

Candidacy denotes that a student is fully qualified to complete the final stages of the Master of Arts degree. General university requirements for advancement to candidacy are detailed in the Graduate Policies and Procedures section of this catalog. Candidacy includes successful completion of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). For graduate courses that meet the GWAR, refer to the GWAR Course List on the Graduate Studies website.

Department Requirements

  1. Complete 18 units of core courses (EDCO 215, 218, 232, 248, 266, 282)
  2. Complete 9 units of advanced courses with a "C" or better
  3. Maintain an overall graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  4. Meet with your advisor to complete the Petition for Advancement to Graduate Candidacy form.

Requirements for Graduation

University Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, GPA, and culminating experience requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Graduate Policies and Procedures. Completion of the degree also requires a minimum grade of "C" in all courses taken and a minimum overall GPA of 3.0.

Department Requirements

  1. Complete 6 practicum/fieldwork units from among (EDCO 267, 280, 292, 293, 294)
  2. Complete 6 units of advanced courses (EDCO 288 and 289)
  3. Complete 12 units of advanced elective courses from among the following (EDCO 227, 244, 268, 279, 283, 285, 286, 287; can include additional practicum/fieldwork courses)
  4. Complete 3 units (EDCO 221) to develop a project proposal (Plan B) or a thesis proposal (Plan A)
  5. Apply for graduation via MySJSU
  6. Successfully complete either the project (Plan B, EDCO 298) or thesis (Plan A, EDCO 299)

Culminating Experience

Students choose a Plan A (Thesis) or Plan B (Project) option as their program culminating experience.

Plan A (Thesis)

Students selecting the Plan A option will write a master's thesis. The thesis will include original research on a topic approved by the thesis committee, and must meet university requirements as stipulated in this catalog and in the SJSU Master's Thesis and Doctoral Dissertation Guidelines. Thesis proposals must be approved by the graduate committee, which is made up of two department faculty and a third faculty member from outside the department. Students enroll in EDCO 299, Master's Thesis (3 units).

Plan B (Project)

Students selecting the Plan B option will complete a master's project or research paper. These students enroll in EDCO 298, Special Studies in Counselor Education (3 units).

Course Requirements

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
At SJSU, students must pass the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). For information on the GWAR, please see
This requirement is satisfied by passing EDCO 215, EDCO 266, or EDCO 288 with a grade of B or better.
Requirements for the Masters48
Core Courses18
Take EDCO 215 and 218 in the first semester
EDCO 215. Introduction to Counseling and GuidanceGWAR3
EDCO 218. Counseling Process & Techniques3
EDCO 232. Law & Ethics in Counseling3
EDCO 248. Dynamics of Behavior and Development3
EDCO 266. Education and Career PlanningGWAR3
EDCO 282. Assessment for Counselors3
Advanced Courses in Professional Development18
EDCO 288. Seminar in Counseling Theory and PracticeGWAR3
EDCO 289. Seminar in Professional Counseling3
Complete 12 units from:
EDCO 227. School-Family-Community Collaboration3
EDCO 244. Cultural Perspectives in Counseling3
EDCO 268. Lifespan Development3
EDCO 279. Advanced Group Process Theory and Practice3
EDCO 283. Advanced Educational Assessment3
EDCO 285. Trauma Counseling & Crisis Intervention3
EDCO 286. Organizational Change and Development3
EDCO 287. Comprehensive School Counseling Analysis3
Practicum and Fieldwork6
Complete 6 units from:
Up to 6 units of EDCO 292 may be completed. Additional courses from this section can be completed to fulfill the 12 units of advanced electives.
EDCO 267. Practicum in Lifespan and Career Development1-3
EDCO 280. Multicultural Counseling3
EDCO 292. Supervised Experience in Counseling3-6
EDCO 293. Practicum in Child and Substance Abuse3
EDCO 294. Practicum in Self-Development3
EDCO 221. Research in Counselor Education3
Culminating Experience3
Complete one option (Plan A or Plan B):
Plan A (Thesis)
EDCO 299. Master's Thesis3
Plan B (Project)
EDCO 298. Special Studies in Counselor Education3

Total Units:48

Elective courses must be planned in consultation with the Graduate Advisor.

Upon completion of the degree requirements, the student must have achieved minimum candidacy and order to graduate.