Master of Science
The Career Counseling Specialization provides students with the knowledge, theory, and skills to work as effective counselors/career development specialists, and consultants in a variety of settings: community-based agencies, schools (K-12), colleges and universities, private practice, business, industry, and government. Students are trained to facilitate a holistic career development/career decision-making/planning process with groups and individuals that integrates personal, social, and career needs. Students develop the skills to address current issues such as career self-reliance, work/family/life balance, multiculturalism, diversity, and lifelong learning. The Career Counseling Specialization is also designed to provide students with all the educational competencies required by the California State Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) for licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).
Students who graduate from the M.S. in Counseling with a Specialization in Career Counseling have a variety of career options. Many of the program’s graduates work in community college and university academic advising centers. Students are also prepared to engage in consultation and grant writing. Graduates may also hold positions in college and career centers in K-12 school settings or provide career counseling services through independent practice. Graduates of this program are also eligible to become Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC) after earning 3,000 post-degree hours of supervised counseling experience. LPCCs are able to provide counseling services in community agencies, non-profit organizations, hospitals, and private practices.
- To prepare counselors to be able to develop, plan, implement, and manage comprehensive career development programs in a variety of settings
- To prepare counselors to work effectively with and demonstrate sensitivity towards persons from diverse populations (i.e., ethnic, cultural, gender, sexual orientation, class, age, ability, and spiritual/religious beliefs)
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