Career Counseling

Program Overview: 

The Career Counseling specialization prepares graduates to work in high school and college career centers and advising offices. Some graduates use this training to establish private career counseling and consultation practices while others enter career development centers in private industry and public agencies. The specialization interfaces career counseling with interpersonal development and family dynamics. Career counseling encompasses the well-being of the whole individual and how work and career relate to family, fulfillment and lifestyle. Multicultural and social justice foundations are integrated throughout the program. In addition, issues such as worker dysfunction, workplace violence and sexual harassment are covered in the curriculum.

Upcoming Information Sessions: 

20 Nov
Information Session III for Fall 2020 Admissions 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM Library Rm. 121

Application

  • Division of Graduate Studies Application (Cal State Apply)
    • Resume
    • Unofficial Transcript
    • Evidence of or plan for prerequisites (No Longer Required)

      More detailed information can be found on the prerequisites page

    • Personal Statement
    • Verification of Volunteer Experience
    • Letters of recommendation
    • GRE Scores
      Your GRE scores are required but only used as a measure of writing proficiency, not as admission criteria. Graduate level writing is necessary for success, thus once admitted to the program, students who scored below a 4.0 on the Analytical Writing Section of the GRE General Test, will be required to take a writing course in their first semester of the program. If you have any questions about the GRE including test dates, fees, or whether you have to take the entire test, please contact the GRE Test administration. The department does not offer GRE preparatory classes.
  • In-person interview (if required by program)

 

FAQs about Career Counseling and the SFSU program

What do Career Counselors do?

Here are some points from the National Career Development Association:

"Counselors often help to construct, clarify and realize a client’s career plan, dream or goals. Getting background information about a client’s career situation –– the whole picture, inclusive of lifestyle, leisure, family roles and influence, history, and a sense of the future – is an important function of career counselors." (Manzi, NCDA, 2003)

"Career counselors do a number of things to help people make important life transitions and related educational and career decisions. In general, an initial interview is required where a client’s situation is assessed and the appropriateness of the services is determined….The number of sessions may vary, and may include the assessment of a client’s work and educational history, formal and informal assessment of values, skills, aptitudes, interests, and personality factors and goal setting objectives. Clients may also use computer-assisted guidance systems... Some clients may seek help with a job search, including resumes, interviewing, follow-up and networking skills. Others may need labor market or occupational information, which are provided free by the U.S. Department of Labor’s O*Net, Occupational Outlook Handbook website and the Bureau of Labor Statistics" (NCDA, 2003)

What is the difference between Career Counseling and Coaching?

"There is substantial overlap between career coaching and career counseling…Both deal with career planning, implementation of career choice, career adjustment, and the interplay between personal and career issues. However, the two specialties also differ in some significant ways. First, career counselors are trained as professional counselors with a specialization in career interventions. There are nationally recognized bodies that accredit counselor training programs (e.g., Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs), national certificates or state licenses for counselors or counseling psychologists (e.g. National Board of Certified Counselors), and relevant professional codes of ethics … On the other hand, the field of career coaching is largely unregulated, with only a few coaching institutes that offer their own certificates and ethical codes…Second, although both" (Chung, 2003). For more information on this distinction, see "Career Coaching: Practice, Training, Professional, and Ethical Issues" by Y. Barry Chung and M. Coleman Allen Gfroerer in the Career Development Quarterly (Volume 52, 2003).

Curriculum

Course  Title  Units
COUN 700 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy 3
COUN 702 Developmental Foundations for Counselors 3
COUN 703 Psychological Foundations for Counselors 3
COUN 705 Counseling Practicum 3
COUN 706 Counseling Skills and Process 3
COUN 715 Assessment in Counseling 3
COUN 720 Career Counseling 3
COUN 721 Applied Career Counseling 3
COUN 727 Advanced Career Counseling 3
COUN 736 Advanced Counseling Process 3
COUN 738 Addictions 3
COUN 741 Crisis Counseling for Counselors 3
COUN 794 Seminar in Research 3
COUN 811 Group Counseling Process 3
COUN 833 Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling 3
COUN 857 Law and Ethics for Counselors 3
COUN 858 Couple and Family Counseling I 3
COUN 890 Integrative Counseling and Internship 3
COUN 891 Case Studies and Internship Seminar 3
COUN 892 Culminating Experience for Counselors 3
Total 60

1st Semester - Fall

Course  Title  Units
Coun 702 Developmental Foundations 3
Coun 705 Supervision & Coaching 3
Coun 706 Practicum & Counseling Process 3
Coun 720 Career Counseling 3
Coun 721 Applied Career Counseling 3

2nd Semester - Spring

Course  Title  Units
Coun 700 Theories of Counseling 3
Coun 715 Assessment in Counseling 3
Coun 727 Advanced Career Counseling 3
Coun 736 Advanced Counseling Process & Internship 3
Coun 794 Seminar in Research 3

3rd Semester - Fall

Course  Title  Units
Coun 703 Psychological Foundations 3
Coun 833 Social/Cultural Foundations 3
Coun 811 Group Counseling Process 3
Coun 857 Law / Ethics in Counseling 3
Coun 890 Integrative Counseling / Internship 3

4th Semester - Spring

Course  Title  Units
Coun 738 Addictions Counseling 3
Coun 741 Crisis Counseling 3
Coun 858 Couple & Family Counseling I 3
Coun 891 Case Studies/Internship 3
Coun 892 Culminating Experience 3

1st Semester - Fall

Course  Title  Units
Coun 702 Developmental Foundations 3
Coun 720 Career Counseling 3
Coun 721 Applied Career Counseling 3

2nd Semester - Spring

Course  Title  Units
Coun 700 Theories of Counseling 3
Coun 715 Assessment in Counseling 3
Coun 727 Advanced Career Counseling 3

3rd Semester - Fall

Course  Title  Units
Coun 703 Psychological Foundations 3
Coun 705 Supervision & Coaching 3
Coun 706 Practicum & Counseling Process 3
Coun 833 Social/Cultural Foundations 3

4th Semester - Spring

Course  Title  Units
Coun 736 Advanced Counseling Process & Internship 3
Coun 738 Addictions Counseling 3
Coun 794 Seminar in Research 3
Coun 858 Couple & Family Counseling I 3

5th Semester - Fall

Course  Title  Units
Coun 811 Group Counseling Process 3
Coun 857 Law / Ethics in Counseling 3
Coun 890 Integrative Counseling / Internship 3

6th Semester - Spring

Course  Title  Units
Coun 741 Crisis Counseling 3
Coun 891 Case Studies/Internship 3
Coun 892 Culminating Experience 3

Career Outlook

Career Counselors provide individual and group counseling as well as teach and design career exploration and employment programs for high schools, colleges, universities, private career counseling and consultation, private industry and public agencies. This specialization/emphasis blends expertise in career counseling with interpersonal development and family dynamics. Issues such as work and family balance, career and life goals, life transitions, workplace conflict, employment rights, healthy workplace, job search strategies, and the emotional aspects of career change are covered in the curriculum. Graduates who are interested in providing holistic career counseling and addressing the range of issues that affects clients’ lives and work may be interested in working toward eligibility for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a 19% increase in employment of career counselors is expected by 2020.

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