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The Counselor Education program and faculty are dedicated to providing students with the knowledge and skills necessary to address the needs and concerns of a diverse society. Our program is devoted to social justice and advocacy, working within both our classes and communities, to actively oppose discrimination and celebrate diversity. Throughout the program, emphasis is placed on both personal and professional development with experiential learning infused within the curriculum.
Several courses involve participation, such as service learning in community agencies and schools, prior to the required supervised field placements. Our Counselors-in-Training are required to participate in their own personal counseling, with professionals not affiliated with our educational programs, to aid in their counselor identity development in becoming a reflective practitioner. Graduates leave with a strong foundation in counseling theories and techniques, as well as skills specific to their specialization, to apply in a multicultural society.
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.
Cohort Sequence Full Time
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.
Marriage, Couple, & Family Counseling
The Marriage, Family and Child Counseling Specialization provides students with all the educational competencies required by the California State Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). Emphasis is placed on training individuals to become social change agents and to work in diverse settings. Students also learn how to address developmental and preventative concerns, especially those of children.
The Rehabilitation Counseling Program prepares graduates to serve all individuals with disabilities, learn disability law, and advocate for people with disabilities. This program provides several opportunities for our graduates to be multiculturally competent counselors in the professional world. Students are eligible for their Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor License (LPCC) as well as their Certified Rehabilitation Counseling (CRC) Credential.
School Counseling with Embedded PPS-SC Credential
The School Counseling Specialization is designed for individuals who seek to become elementary, middle, or secondary school counselors. This program meets the requirements for the K-12 California Pupil Personnel Services-School Counseling (PPS-SC) Credential. Students in this program are prepared to function as key members of an educational team seeking to optimize children’s academic, socio-emotional, and career development. Students obtain the expertise necessary to lead the educational team in working collaboratively with a broad range of education and human service professionals, paraprofessionals and community representatives to identify, develop, implement and evaluate programs that provide key services to both the individual child as well as the systems and subsystems in which the child interacts. Credential: The PPS-SC Credential at Sacramento State is not offered as a stand-alone credential. Only those students accepted into the School Counseling master’s degree are eligible to earn their PPS Credential.
Thank you for your interest in the Counselor Education Program at Sac State. Our programs are highly competitive; we have a high number of applicants each year but can accept approximately 20 applicants per specialty each application cycle. We have a cohort model; therefore, our students follow a course sequence designed for a three-year full time program. We recognize the need for a part-time option, therefore we have developed a four-year part time program sequence for those seeking part-time, but would need to have this information at the onset as the default is to follow the full time sequence. It is our goal to keep our student connected via the cohort model, this allows for relationship building during your graduate experience. Students are admitted to the fall semester and take courses each fall/spring culminating with the field study experience and a comprehensive examination.
Our program provides students with a foundation that is aligned with the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) license in California. Within this foundation, we have four specializations: Career Counseling; Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling; Rehabilitation Counseling; and School Counseling with an Embedded PPS Credential. These specializations provide opportunities for additional certification and licenses, such as the National Certified Counselor (NCC); Certified Career Counselor (CCC); Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC); Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT); and/or the Pupil Personnel Services- School Counseling (PPS-SC) credential, depending on your admitted specialization.
For more information about our program, join our Information Night held each fall semester. You can also view our Information Night Recording video, visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page, contact the College of Education Student Success Center, or contact one of our Counselor Education Ambassadors.Apply Now
Counselor Education Ambassadors
One of the best sources for firsthand information about our Counselor Education program at Sacramento State is our students! Our Counselor Education Ambassadors share direct experiences offering guidance to serve you during your education and shape future career decisions. Ambassadors are well prepared, current third year counselors-in-training ready to answer questions and connect with prospective students!
Counselor Education Ambassador 2020-2021: Joann & RayeAnn, Contact: email@example.com
Please see the link below for handbooks and forms. More information can be found in your Counselor Education Cohorts Canvas page.
For more information about the Student Counseling Society, visit the SCS Instagram page.
For additional resources and support, email a College of Education staff member and they can assist you! You can also visit Eureka Hall 401.
The CARES Office, Career Center, Office of Graduate Studies, Services for Students with Disabilities, The WELL (counseling, fitness, and recreation), PRIDE Center, Multicultural Center, Women's Center, and Center for Diversity and Inclusion are a few of the many support services available.
The Center for Counseling and Diagnostic Services (CCDS) serves as our training clinic. Under the supervision of program faculty, students provide career counseling, group counseling, family therapy, couple/marital counseling, and individual psychotherapeutic counseling services to the community.
Visit our Counselor Education Blog to see what the program faculty and students are up to!
Join us for our Fall Mental Health Series! You can also join us during the Spring Site Fair for more professional development opportunities.
- Fall Mental Health Series
- For links to our videos, visit our Counselor Education—Speaker Series
- Wellness for Helpers Presentation
- Wellness for Helpers Presentation and Video
Join us each spring at our annual College of Education Multicultural Education Conference! For more information, visit the Multicultural Educational Conference page.
Each fall, we hold an Orientation to the Program Training for our Supervisors. All supervisors overseeing practicum or field study students must have had an orientation to the program training and this information is provided annually to keep you updated on all changes. Below you can find the Orientation to the Program PowerPoint, to review any updates or changes, as well as the link to our fieldwork handbook and forms page.
Supervision Training Modules: We request that all supervisors be evaluated by the program prior to accepting practicum or field study students. Please complete the Site Supervisor Qualifications Survey below. All supervisors working with students must be trained in supervision and have received an Orientation the Program Training. Supervision Training is offered during the annual Spring Site Fair and Orientation to the Program offered each fall. You can find the trainings below along with a brief survey. When completed, a certificate of completion will be sent.
- Module I: Supervision
- Module 2: Supervision Models
- Module 3: The Supervisory Relationship
- Module 4: Ethics in Supervision
- Module 5: Supervisors Toolbox
- Module Quiz:
- We kindly request all of our site supervisors complete this survey and include a copy of your current CV/Resume: Site Supervisor Qualifications Survey
If you are interested in joining our part-time faculty pool, apply today!
The Counselor Education Program is proud to introduce a collaborative project with the Center at Sierra Health Foundation and the Center for Health Practice, Policy & Research (CHPPR) through the College of Health and Human Services. We plan to hold our Stop The Stigma Symposium in spring 2021 with an annual series planned. Join us as we collaborate in this joint project to address Addiction and Substance Use Disorders and to identify gaps in treatment and prevention.
- CHPPR - Stop the Stigma Symposium
- The Center at Sierra Health Foundation
- Addiction Think Tank: Stop the Stigma Symposium 2/11/2021
- Addiction Think Tank: Stop the Stigma Symposium Agenda 2/11/2021
- Addiction Think Tank: Stop the Stigma Symposium Videos
- Sac State launches partnership to reduce substance abuse
Faculty & Staff
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, credentials/licenses, and interests that qualify them to teach and model a wide range of effective approaches to counseling and psychotherapy.
- Graduate and Professional Studies in Education Department Chair Dr. Carlos Nevarez (he.him.his)
- Dr. HyunGyung Joo (she.her.hers)
- Dr. Elisabeth Liles-Lourick (she.her.hers)
- Dr. Rachael C. Marshall (she.her.hers)
- Dr. Jessica Moreno (she.her.hers)
- Dr. Sangmin Park (she.her.hers)
- Dr. Bita Rivas (she.her.hers)
- Dr. Anthony Rivas (he.him.his)
- Dr. Carly Scarton (she.her.hers)
- Dr. Ebony Williams ( she.her.hers)
- Dr. Susan Wycoff (she.her.hers)
- Dr. Maiko Xiong (she.her.hers)
Accreditation & BBS Board Evaluation
California State University Sacramento has four specialties under the Counselor Education program: Career Counseling; Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling; Rehabilitation Counseling; and School Counseling. These programs are currently in process of accreditation and re-accreditation by the Council of Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Graduates of the Rehabilitation Counseling Program are considered CACREP graduates beginning July 1, 2017. The program was previously accredited by CORE since 1978 and became CACREP accredited due to the merger on July 1, 2017.
The School Counseling Program with embedded PPS-SC Credential is accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).
The California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) identifies California schools with LPCC Programs which have been evaluated by the Board. These programs meet the LPCC licensure requirements, pursuant to California Business and Professions Code (BPC) 4999.33, for students who began graduate studies on or after August 1, 2012. BBS identifies California schools with MFT Programs which have been evaluated by the Board. These programs meet the MFT licensure requirements, pursuant to California Business and Professions Code (BPC) §4980.36, for students who began graduate studies on or after August 1, 2012. Both our LPCC and LMFT has been evaluated by the Board of Behavioral Sciences.
Every year the Counselor Education Program assesses student learning and program outcomes. We disseminate this report and discuss the findings with our Community Advisory Board. The results of our 2019-2020 report can be found below. If you are interested in joining our Advisory Board, please email Dr. Bita Rivas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phone: (916) 278-6639
Lead/Fieldwork Coordinator: Dr. Bita Rivas
Career Counseling Coordinator: Dr. Rachael C. Marshall
Marriage, Couple, & Family Counseling Coordinator: Dr. Jessica Moreno
Rehabilitation Counseling Coordinator: Dr. Anthony Rivas
School Counseling Coordinator: Dr. HyunGyung Joo