Education - Counselor Education, Department of
MA - Education, Concentration in Counseling and Student Personnel
The Department of Counselor Education prepares its graduates to assess and counsel students in culturally and economically diverse K-12 and postsecondary educational settings as well as those involved with community-based organizations. We offer four options: 1) a Master of Arts degree in Education, Concentration in Counseling and Student Personnel (MA-alone); 2) a Master of Arts degree in Education, Concentration in Counseling and Student Personnel with the Pupil Personnel Services credential (MA-PPS combined); 3) a Master of Arts degree in Education, Concentration in Counseling and Student Personnel with the Child Welfare and Attendance credential (MA-CWA combined); and 4) a Master of Arts degree in Education, Concentration in Counseling and Student Personnel with the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor credential (MA-LPCC combined).
Our Credential in Pupil Personnel Services (PPS), School Counseling specialization, serves students seeking careers in school counseling, and our Child Welfare and Attendance (CWA) specialization qualifies individuals to work as guidance counselors in K-12 schools. Many students complete the MA concurrently with the PPSC, or the PPSC and coursework for CWA. Students can opt for additional coursework to prepare for the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in Counselor Education following graduation. 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: www.sjsu.edu/counselored.
Admissions Requirements (MA alone and MA-PPS combined)
The minimum requirements for the program are a bachelor's degree and a 3.0 GPA. Preference is given to candidates that indicate a strong inclination to serve others, an interest in K-12 or post-secondary education, and a commitment to social justice.
1. Candidates must meet all university admissions requirements. Applicants apply separately to 1) the university to obtain approval for university-level admission via CSU Mentor, and 2) to the Department of Counselor Education to obtain admission into the masters and/or or credential program.
2. Department applications include the following information sent directly to
Graduate Program Coordinator,
Department of Counselor Education
San José State University
One Washington Square, SH 404
San Jose CA 95192-0073
2a. Official transcripts from all college-level institutions attended.
2b. Three (3) letters of recommendation from current or former professors and/or employers who can testify to the candidate's ability to pursue successfully an advanced academic degree. Forms for these letters can be found on the Counselor Education website.
2c. Autobiographical and Professional Goals Statement (two to three pages, double-spaced) that includes the applicant's i) educational background, ii) experiences demonstrating a concern and capacity to work with people, iii) professional goals in pursuing the degree and/or credential (include areas of interest in counseling), and iv) any additional information explaining your interest in Counselor Education.
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.
Admission to Graduate Standing, Classified (fully admitted)
Applicants may be fully admitted if they meet the admission requirements for the Graduate Division and the department's requirements.
Admission to Graduate Standing, Conditionally Classified (admitted w/conditions)
Applicants may be conditionally admitted if they meet the admission requirements for the Graduate Division but do not fully meet the department's admissions requirements.
Requirements for Advancement to Graduate 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 for the MA degree 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.
- Complete 18 units of core courses (EDCO 215, 218, 232, 248, 266, 282)
- Complete 6 units of advanced courses (EDCO 288, 289)
- Complete 12 units of advanced elective courses from among the following (EDCO 227, 244, 268, 279, 283, 285, 286, 287)
- Attain a passing score on the CBEST prior to starting an internship
- Meet with your advisor to complete the Petition for Advancement to Graduate Candidacy form and discuss an internship.
Requirements for Graduation
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 3.0 in all courses taken and a minimum overall GPA of 3.0.
- Complete 6 practicum units from among (EDCO 267, 280, 292, 293, 294)
- Complete 3 units (EDCO 221) to develop a project proposal (Plan B) or a thesis proposal (Plan A)
- Successfully complete either the project (Plan B) or thesis (Plan A)
- Pass the ECDO Comprehensive Examination
Plan A (Thesis)
Plan A requires a thesis and an oral examination. Thesis proposals must be approved by the graduate committee. Two advisors will be assigned to work with the candidate on the thesis, and the thesis committee must be a committee of three. Students enroll in EDCO 299, Master's Thesis, for 3 units. Completion of the degree also requires a 3.0 in all courses taken to meet the degree program.
Plan B (Project)
Plan B requires satisfactory completion of a project or research paper. These students enroll in EDCO 298, Special Studies in Counselor Education, for 3 units. Completion of the degree also requires a minimum 3.0 GPA in all courses taken to meet the degree program and a minimum overall GPA of 3.0.
|Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement|
|At SJSU, students must pass the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). For information on the GWAR, please see http://info.sjsu.edu/gcw.html.|
|This requirement is satisfied by passing EDCO 215.|
|Requirements of the Masters||48|
|Take EDCO 215 and 218 in the first semester|
|EDCO 215. Introduction to Counseling and Guidance||3|
|EDCO 218. Counseling Process & Techniques||3|
|EDCO 232. Law & Ethics in Counseling||3|
|EDCO 248. Dynamics of Behavior and Development||3|
|EDCO 266. Education and Career Planning||3|
|EDCO 282. Assessment for Counselors||3|
|EDCO 221. Research in Counselor Education||3|
|Advanced Courses in Professional Development||18|
|EDCO 288. Seminar in Counseling Theory and Practice||3|
|EDCO 289. Seminar in Professional Counseling||3|
|Complete 12 units from:|
|EDCO 227. School-Family-Community Collaboration||3|
|EDCO 244. Cultural Perspectives in Counseling||3|
|EDCO 268. Lifespan Development||3|
|EDCO 279. Advanced Group Process Theory and Practice||3|
|EDCO 283. Advanced Educational Assessment||3|
|EDCO 285. Trauma Counseling & Crisis Intervention||3|
|EDCO 286. Organizational Change and Development||3|
|EDCO 287. Comprehensive School Counseling Analysis||3|
|Practicum and Fieldwork||6|
|Complete 6 units from:|
|EDCO 267. Practicum in Lifespan and Career Development||1-3|
|EDCO 280. Multicultural Counseling||3|
|EDCO 292. Supervised Experience in Counseling||3-6|
|EDCO 293. Practicum in Child and Substance Abuse||3|
|EDCO 294. Practicum in Self-Development||3|
|Take the Comprehensive Exam in or just before the final semester, and choose the Plan A or Plan B option|
|Plan A (thesis)|
|EDCO 299. Master's Thesis||3|
|Plan B (Project)|
|EDCO 298. Special Studies in Counselor Education||3|