College Counseling

Program Overview: 

The mission of the specialization/ emphasis in College Counseling and Student Personnel Work is to prepare master's level professionals to work in both counseling and student services roles at the community college and four-year college levels.

More specifically, the program is designed to develop the ability to facilitate the development of college students in both cognitive and personal areas. Emphasis is placed on preventative, remediation, and developmental counseling skills. In addition to the core competencies of the master's program, the specialization/ emphasis develops knowledge and skills in the areas of group counseling, educational counseling, problem-solving and decision making, assessment, evaluation and research, teaching, consulting and management, supervision, and organizational development.

Students with an emphasis in College Counseling and Student Personnel Work must document 600 hours of field placement supervised experience (CACREP program certification requirement) in a college setting.


Application

  • Division of Graduate Studies Application (Cal State Apply)
    • Resume
    • Unofficial Transcript(s)
    • Personal Statement and Affidavit of Authorship
    • Experience Forms (1) Volunteer Experience, (2) Work Experience
    • Letters of recommendation
  • Writing assessment
    After admissions decisions are made, Coordinators will determine the incoming student's readiness for graduate level writing. This assessment will use the Personal Statement. It is essential that the applicant is the sole author of their personal statement (a verification of authorship is required in the application). Once admitted, students who have demonstrated a need to strengthen their writing skills will be required to take a writing course (HSS 700) in their first semester of the program. Students can also self-select to take the writing course for greater success in graduate level writing.
  • In-person interview (depending on Specialization)

 

Skills and Competencies

Specialized Counseling – the ability to facilitate the development of college students including skill development and remediation. The main types of skills essential for competency in this area are:

  • Preventative. Intervention designed to prevent potential deficits from deteriorating.
  • Remediation. Intervention designed to ameliorate skill deficits (academic, personal, social, etc.).
  • Development. Intervention designed to intentionally enhance or enrich persons and/or their environment.
  • Group Processes. The ability to assess the dynamics of group processes and to facilitate growth and development through group interaction with specific reference to adult concerns.
  • Educational Counseling. The ability to facilitate students in formulating and clarifying educational values and goals.
  • Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Skills. The ability to help students learn systematic problem-solving and decision-making strategies, including the ability to clarify values, formulate goals and objectives, design and implement programs of action and evaluate their effectiveness. Two areas in which these skills are typically applied are a) Educational Planning and b) Career and Life Planning.
  • Focus in these areas is on developmental tasks of adults of all ages.
  • Specialized Assessment, Evaluation and Research Techniques. The ability to assess college students' needs in such areas as learning skills, interests, personal development, etc., and the ability to communicate findings and results to other members of the college community.
  • Teaching Methods. The ability to design instructional experiences which implement selected and defined goals and objectives in effective curriculum areas.
  • Consulting. The ability to provide relevant and effective consultation to students, teachers, peers, administrators, and community members.

Curriculum

Course Number

Description

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

Supervision and Coaching

3

COUN 706

Practicum and Counseling Process

3

COUN 715

Assessment in Counseling

3

COUN 720

Career Counseling

3

COUN 736

Advanced Counseling Process and Internship

3

COUN 738

Addictions Counseling

3

COUN 741

Crisis Counseling

3

COUN 792

Seminar for Counselors in Student Personnel Services (College Counseling)

3

COUN 793

Organization/Administration of Student Services

3

COUN 794

Seminar in Research

3

COUN 811

Group Counseling Process

3

COUN 833

Social and Cultural Foundations

3

COUN 857

Law and Ethics in Counseling

3

COUN 704, 716, 721 or 858

Choose 1 of these courses

3

COUN 890

Integrative Counseling and Internship

3

COUN 891

Case Studies and Internship

3

COUN 892

Culminating Experience

3

Year 1: Fall—15 units

Course

Units

Title

COUN 833

3

Social/Cultural Foundations

COUN 705

3

Supervision & Coaching

COUN 706

3

Practicum & Counseling Process 

COUN 720

3

Career Counseling 

COUN 792

3

Seminar for Counselors in Student Personnel Services

Year 1: Spring—15 units

Course

Units

Title

COUN 700

3

Theories of Counseling

COUN 715

3

Assessment in Counseling

COUN 793

3

Organization/Administration of Student

COUN 736

3

Advanced Counseling Process/ Internship

COUN 794

3

Seminar in Research

Year 2: Fall—15 units

Course

Units

Title

Choose 1 704,716,792 or 858

3

Special expertise course

COUN 702

3

Developmental Foundations

COUN 811

3

Group Counseling Process

COUN 857

3

Law/Ethics in Counseling 

COUN 890

3

Integrative Counseling/ Internship

 

Year 2: Spring—15 units

Course

Units

Title

COUN 738

3

Addictions Counseling

COUN 741

3

Crisis Counseling

COUN 703

3

Psychological Foundations

COUN 891

3

Case Studies/Internship

COUN 892

3

Culminating Experience

Year 1: Fall—15 units

Course

Units

Title

COUN 833

3

Social/Cultural Foundations

COUN 720

3

Career Counseling 

COUN 792

3

Seminar for Counselors in Student Personnel Services

 

Year 1: Spring—9 units

Course

Units

Title

COUN 700

3

Theories of Counseling

COUN 715

3

Assessment in Counseling

COUN 727

3

Advanced Career Counseling

 

Year 2: Fall—12 units

Course

Units

Title

Choose 1 704,716,792 or 858

3

Special expertise course

COUN 702

3

Developmental Foundations

COUN 705

3

Supervision & Coaching

COUN 706

3

Practicum & Counseling Process 

 

Year 2: Spring—12 units

Course

Units

Title

COUN 703

3

Psychological Foundations

COUN 736

3

Advanced Counseling Process/ Internship

COUN 738

3

Addictions Counseling

COUN 794

3

Seminar in Research

 

Year 3: Fall—9 units

Course

Units

Title

COUN 811

3

Group Counseling Process

COUN 857

3

Law/Ethics in Counseling 

COUN 890

3

Integrative Counseling/ Internship

 

Year 3: Spring—9 units

Course

Units

Title

COUN 741

3

Crisis Counseling

COUN 891

3

Case Studies/Internship

COUN 892

3

Culminating Experience