M.A. in Counseling with a specialization in School Counseling
MA in Counseling, With Specialization in School Counseling with the Pupil Personnel Services Credential
School counseling students plan to work as professional counselors in elementary, middle, and high school settings or in agencies serving school-aged children and their families. Candidates develop knowledge and skills in student advocacy as well as in the design, implementation, and evaluation of comprehensive, results-based guidance and counseling programs for diverse student populations.
Each student is placed with a credentialed school counselor in a San Diego area school and accumulates a minimum of 600 hours of supervised experience. Practicum and fieldwork experience includes a combination of individual and group counseling related to social, academic, and career development issues. Each student completes a year-long action research project in conjunction with fieldwork.
Through this program, students fulfill the requirements to earn a Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPS) from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. The school counseling program is nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
The University of San Diego is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The School Counseling program is a CACREP approved program.