Counseling - Student Affairs & College Counseling Option, M.S.


Department of Counselor Education and Rehabilitation

Option in Student Affairs and College Counseling Requirements

The Option in Student Affairs and College Counseling is a 48-unit program designed for individuals seeking advanced preparation for careers in post-secondary and related settings.

The Student Affairs and College Counseling Option is designed to prepare individuals for employment as student service professionals in four-year university and community college. Graduates with this degree option are prepared for employment in the multi- faceted arena of post-secondary education.

Preparation for the Student Affairs and College Counseling option requires knowledge of individual and group dynamics, advising practices in specialized settings, and an understanding of the developmental issues associated with students' maturation process. It requires an appreciation of organizational dynamics and a firm foundation in counseling theory as well as acquisition of counseling skills appropriate for use with students from diverse populations and backgrounds. In addition, counselors are also required to know, understand, and address the impact of crises, disasters, and trauma-causing events on students in the post-secondary community. The 2009 Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) standards includes content in crises management (suicide, disasters, and substance abuse).

Program Requirements

Under the direction of a graduate advisor, each student develops and submits an individually designed program within the following framework:

Core requirements (25 units)
COUN 200, 201, 202, 203, 206, 208, 220; ERE 220

Student Affairs and College Counseling Option (18 units)
COUN 214, 215, 219; ERE 288; EAD 261

Culminating experience (5 units)
Choose between:
(a) Comprehensive exam [0 units] plus 5 units of electives
(b) COUN 298 Project [3 units] plus 2 units of electives
(c) COUN 299 Thesis [3 units] plus 2 units of electives

Total (48 units)


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