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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 required to participate in their own personal counseling with professionals not affiliated with our educational programs.
- Marriage and Family Therapist
- School Counselor
- Career Counselor
- Rehabilitation Counselor
- Academic Counselor
- Private Practice
- Community Counselor
- Human Resources Manager
About the program
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.
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. The Pupil Personnel Services, School Counseling Credential prepares professional counselors to work within the K-12 educational system. This credential is embedded within the master’s degree, School Counseling Specialization. The Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling Specialization meets all educational requirements to become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the State of California.
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California State University Sacramento has four specialties under the Counselor Education program: Career Counseling; Marriage, Couples 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 graduated 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.
Students who graduate with an M.S. in Counseling with a Specialization in Rehabilitation Counseling may work in a wide variety of settings, including community agencies, private agencies, college campuses, law enforcement, Veterans Administration, and state agencies. Additionally, students will gain a solid knowledge base regarding disability-related topics, such as independent living, assistive technology, social justice, and disability rights law. Additionally, students are prepared to apply for and obtain the Certified Rehabilitation Counseling Certificate (CRC), which is highly recognized in the rehabilitation counseling discipline. Additional information on becoming a CRC.
Questions: Dr. Michele Mahr | (916) 278-3629 | Eureka Hall 326
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.
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, community agencies, non-profit organizations, and hospitals.
Questions: Dr. Sangmin Park| (916) 278-4156| Alpine Hall 201
School Counseling with Embedded PPS 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 (PPS) Credential, School Counselor specialization. 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.
Program completers work in k-12 public school settings as a school counselor. Students who graduate from this program are also prepared to work in community college and university academic advising centers. With the LPCC, graduates are also able to provide counseling services in community agencies, non-profit organizations, hospitals, and private practices.
The PPS 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.
Questions: Dr. HyunGyung Joo | (916) 278-4373 | Eureka Hall 411
Dr. Carly Scarton | (916) 278-7650| Eureka Hall 326
Marriage, Couple, and 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 (MFT). 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 program trains professionals to work in a variety of settings, including community agencies, county and state agencies, hospitals, private practice, and to provide consulting to businesses and agencies.
Dr. Jessica Moreno
Eureka Hall 321