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:

  1. Attend a Counseling and Guidance Program information meeting (call the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation and Counseling for an information meeting schedule);
  2. 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:
    1. Application and current vitae/resume;
    2. Transcripts of all higher education coursework;
    3. Written Personal Statement;
    4. Three positive recommendations from persons having knowledge of applicant’s counseling potential (forms provided by program);
    5. Proof of successful completion of the CBEST;
    6. Evidence of current negative TB skin test;
    7. Evidence of possession of a valid California teaching credential or a Certificate of Clearance for eligibility to participate in fieldwork;
    8. Completion of EDUC 306 (or its equivalent) with a grade of “B” or better (fulfills the graduate entrance writing requirement);
    9. 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
  3. 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:

  1. Achieved classified graduate standing;
  2. Completed 20 quarter units of coursework with a grade point average of 3.0 ("B"), to include ECLG 619ECLG 654 and ECLG 656;
  3. 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

  1. A minimum of 90 quarter units of graduate-level work, with a minimum of 64 units completed in residency at this university;
  2. A minimum of 25 quarter units of credit taken after a student has been advanced to candidacy for the degree;
  3. 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 531ECLG 657AECLG 657B, and no grade below a “C” (2.0) in all other courses in the program;
  4. The graduation writing requirement is met either through demonstrated competence by comprehensive examination, or through completion of a Master’s degree project;
  5. Completion of a graduation requirement check;
  6. 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 531Introduction to Counseling2
ECLG 607Research and Program Evaluation for Counseling4
ECLG 619Appraisal Procedures in Counseling4
ECLG 633Human Development for Counseling4
ECLG 650Career Counseling4
ECLG 654Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling and Guidance4
ECLG 655Multicultural Counseling4
ECLG 656Counseling Theories4
ECLG 657ACounseling Practicum I4
ECLG 657BAdvanced Counseling Practice4
ECLG 658Family Consultation4
ECLG 661Diagnosis and Treatment Plan4
ECLG 662Addictions Counseling4
ECLG 663Gender and Sexuality4
ECLG 664Crisis and Trauma Counseling4
ECLG 665Family Violence4
ECLG 667Conflict Resolution4
ECLG 668Aging Death and Grief4
ECLG 669Psychopharmacology4
ECLG 678Group Counseling4
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:
Comprehensive Examination
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 632Advanced Psychological Foundations of Education
ECLG 651Professional School Counselor
Total Units90