Counselor Education

The Counselor Education program seeks to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to address the needs and concerns of a diverse society. Graduates leave with a strong foundation in counseling theories and techniques to apply in a multicultural society. Emphasis is placed on both personal and professional development with experiential learning infused throughout the entire curriculum. Several courses involve participation in community agencies and schools prior to the required supervised field study placements. As an important part of their development as professional counselors, students are encouraged to participate in their own personal counseling with professionals not affiliated with our educational programs.

Community Service
The program provides services to community clients through its on-campus Center for Counseling and Diagnostic Services, as well as through various designated school and agency sites. In these settings, students provide counseling under direct faculty supervision, while gaining valuable experience in a broad spectrum of human problems.

Faculty Experience
A key strength of the program is the broad base of experience and training of the faculty members. Our faculty members have unique academic backgrounds, experiences and interests that qualify them to teach and model a wide range of effective approaches to counseling and psychotherapy.

The Pupil Personnel Services, School Counseling Credential prepares professional counselors to work within the K-12 educational system. The Master of Science in Counseling prepares professional counselors for employment in a variety of settings such as public and private agencies, universities and colleges, schools and private practice. This degree meets the educational requirements for becoming a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in the State of California. The programs are clinically oriented, with didactic and experiential courses, a 100-hour clinical practicum, and 600 hours of field experience.

Career Options

  • Marriage and Family Therapist
  • School Counselor
  • Career Counselor
  • Academic Counselor
  • Private Practice
  • Community Counselor
  • Coordinator
  • Consultant
  • Human Resources Manager

Programs Offered


Master of Science

Additional Information

Students in the MS in Counseling Program are encouraged to join the Student Counseling Society. Follow the Society on Facebook to stay updated on future events.

For more information, email:

Video of Information Session Held in October 2018.


Notice about Eligibility for Licensure and Credentialing

Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., social security number or tax payer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs, to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements. Information concerning licensure and credentialing requirements are available from Dr. Elisabeth Liles, Eureka Hall 401, (916) 278-6173,

Applicants who determine that they may not be able to meet licensure or credentialing qualifications and no longer wish to be admitted into these programs may not be accommodated and their application fees will not be refunded

Frequently Asked Questions

Apply Now

Documentation for Licensure

Graduates of the Counselor Education Program are advised to maintain all of their practicum and fieldwork paperwork indefinitely. This paperwork may be required for licensure. The program does not maintain paperwork longer than 7 years and cannot verify hours earned without documentation.

Counselor Education
Phone: (916) 278-6639 | Office: Eureka Hall 401