Master of Science in Counseling and Guidance
Requirements (90 units)
Program Code: ECLG
The M.S. in Counseling and Guidance is a professional program preparing students to apply to the California Board of Behavioral Sciences to become Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors. It also prepares students to become educational counselors in grades K-12. Students who complete the requirements of the MS in Educational Counseling will concurrently be eligible to receive the M.S. and apply for the California Pupil Personnel Services Credential.
Admission to the Program
In addition to the general requirements of the university, specific requirements for admission to classified graduate status are:
- Attend a Counseling and Guidance Program information meeting (call the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation and Counseling for an information meeting schedule);
- Submission of an Admissions Portfolio following criteria and guidelines provided at the orientation meeting. Portfolios will be evaluated according to the Counseling & Guidance Program portfolio rubric. Students will be notified as to the status of their application to enroll in ECLG 531. A completed portfolio contains:
- Application and current vitae/resume;
- Transcripts of all higher education coursework;
- Written Personal Statement;
- Three positive recommendations from persons having knowledge of applicant’s counseling potential (forms provided by program);
- Proof of successful completion of the CBEST;
- Evidence of current negative TB skin test;
- Evidence of possession of a valid California teaching credential or a Certificate of Clearance for eligibility to participate in fieldwork;
- Completion of EDUC 306 (or its equivalent) with a grade of “B” or better (fulfills the graduate entrance writing requirement);
- Evidence of technological literacy in six areas: word processing, database, computer presentation, downloading, internet and email;
Upon completion of the above requirements, the student’s file will be reviewed by an admission committee composed of at least three members of the Counseling faculty. Students will be notified about the result of their application and invited to enroll in ECLG 531
- Completion of ECLG 531 with a grade of “B” (3.0) or better.
Upon completion of the above requirements, the student's file will be reviewed by an admission committee composed of at least three members of the Counseling and Guidance faculty. This committee will evaluate the admission folder and decide on the student's admission status. Students who do not meet admissions criteria will be notified of their deficiencies.
Advancement to Candidacy
In order to be formally advanced to candidacy a student must have:
- Achieved classified graduate standing;
- Completed 20 quarter units of coursework with a grade point average of 3.0 ("B"), to include ECLG 619, ECLG 654 and ECLG 656;
- Filed an approved graduate program for completion of the degree. This must be prepared in consultation with a program advisor and approved by the program coordinator.
Requirements for Graduation
- A minimum of 90 quarter units of graduate-level work, with a minimum of 64 units completed in residency at this university;
- A minimum of 25 quarter units of credit taken after a student has been advanced to candidacy for the degree;
- A grade point average of 3.0 (“B”) in course work taken to satisfy the degree requirements, including a minimum of a “B” in ECLG 531, ECLG 657A, ECLG 657B, and no grade below a “C” (2.0) in all other courses in the program;
- The graduation writing requirement is met either through demonstrated competence by comprehensive examination, or through completion of a Master’s degree project;
- Completion of a graduation requirement check;
- Any additional requirements not cited above and listed in the requirements for a Master’s Degree listed in Graduate Degree and Program Requirements.
The comprehensive examination is designed to test the student’s knowledge of the field of counseling and guidance. The examination is a standardized national exam, the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE). The student will take the examination during the fourth fieldwork experience course. The student must be advanced to candidacy one quarter before taking the comprehensive examination. The student must complete a graduation check with the Office of Records, Registration and Evaluations before permission to take the examination can be granted. Students who do not receive a passing score may petition the College of Education to retake the examination. Students who do not receive a passing score the second time must petition the Dean of Graduate Studies to retake the exam. Approval to retake the examination may be, at any time, contingent upon completion of additional designated courses.
A Master’s research project can be reported in the form of a paper, which could include other media. The project proposal and the project must be approved by the student’s advisor and one other professor in the College of Education and submitted in an approved format. Further information is available in the Graduate Thesis and Project handbook available through the Graduate Studies Office. Students who elect to complete a project are not required to take a comprehensive exam or submit a portfolio.
The program may not include more than 26 quarter units in extension and transfer credit from other universities. California State University, San Bernardino will not consider for transfer credit course work from an institution which will not accept that work in its own advanced degree program.
Degree Requirements (90 units)
|ECLG 531||Introduction to Counseling||2|
|ECLG 607||Research and Program Evaluation for Counseling||4|
|ECLG 619||Appraisal Procedures in Counseling||4|
|ECLG 633||Human Development for Counseling||4|
|ECLG 650||Career Counseling||4|
|ECLG 654||Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling and Guidance||4|
|ECLG 655||Multicultural Counseling||4|
|ECLG 656||Counseling Theories||4|
|ECLG 657A||Counseling Practicum I||4|
|ECLG 657B||Advanced Counseling Practice||4|
|ECLG 658||Family Consultation||4|
|ECLG 661||Diagnosis and Treatment Plan||4|
|ECLG 662||Addictions Counseling||4|
|ECLG 663||Gender and Sexuality||4|
|ECLG 664||Crisis and Trauma Counseling||4|
|ECLG 665||Family Violence||4|
|ECLG 667||Conflict Resolution||4|
|ECLG 668||Aging Death and Grief||4|
|ECLG 678||Group Counseling||4|
|Twelve units of field experience made up by enrolling three times in:||12|
|Counseling Field Experience|
|Culminating Experience. Students must choose one of the following:|
or ECLG 697
|Master's Degree Project|
(ECLG 697 by permission of program coordinator)
|Note: For students also seeking a PPS credential (see PPS credential program) in addition to the Masters degree, two extra Counseling Fieldwork ECLG 679 courses must be completed in schools. In addition the following two additional courses must be taken:|
|ECLG 632||Advanced Psychological Foundations of Education|
|ECLG 651||Professional School Counselor|