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**Coming Soon - We are working on implementing significant updates to our website about program and application specifics. Be on the lookout for updates to our site by early fall 2024. **

Our Program

Thank you for your interest in the Counselor Education Program at Sac State. Our programs are highly competitive with an average acceptance rate of 20%. Each year we have a high number of applicants 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. 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. Important Note: Our program is a 3 year, full time, in person counseling program.

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 Counselingwith 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.

Counselor Education Program Contact

  • To contact the Counselor Education program, please use the email below. To schedule a virtual meeting with someone in the program please click Schedule an Appointment.
  • Program Contact Email:
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Information Night

For more information about our program, join our Information Night held each fall semester in early October. You can also view our Information Night Recording video, visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page, and/or our Counselor Education Ambassadors.

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Key Dates for 2023-2024 Admission Cycle

Date Event
October 6, 2023 Information Night 
January 8, 2024 Application Due through CSU Apply 
January 17-31, 2024 Review of Applicant Materials (primary screening) 
February 2, 2024 Invites sent to select applicants
February 16, 2024 Interview Day 
March 1, 2024 Programmatic Decisions Finalized 
March-May 2024 Office of Graduate Studies final decisions

Interview Day

Our program uses a holistic evaluation process which includes two screening processes, the first is a review of applicant materials. After review, we invite a select number of applicants for the secondary screening process - Interview Day. While our primary screening is a review of submitted materials, our secondary screening is an in-person evaluation that consists of an interview with faculty, a group activity, tour, and writing prompt for which we will identify admits.

Video of Interview Day 2022

Counselor Ed Ambassadors

Interested in our program? Connect with our Ambassadors! Each application year, from September to January, our Counselor Education Ambassadors are here to answer questions about our application process and provide career and advising support to prospective applicants. Use their Calendly to make an appointment today!

What can the Ambassadors offer?

  • Our ambassadors CAN provide support with general application processes and procedures, they can help answer questions about the application, including the supplemental materials requested.
  • Our ambassadors CAN help answer questions about the field of Professional Counseling, as well as provide career support regarding what each specialization entails.
  • Our ambassadors CAN provide general information about our classes, cohort model, fieldwork experiences, and general licensing/certifications related to our discipline.

What can the Ambassadors NOT offer?

  • Our ambassadors CANNOT provide specific feedback regarding your current or past application or outcome of the program decisions on admission.
  • Our ambassadors CANNOT give advice regarding what to do or not to do regarding application materials.
  • Our ambassadors CANNOT evaluate in any way the strength or viability of your application materials; their feedback is restricted to formatting and processes only and are not in an evaluative role.

Our 2023-2024 Counselor Education Ambassadors: Sarah, Angelina, Juliette, and Elizabeth


Schedule an Appointment

**Please note that the current application cycle has closed and our 2023-2024 ambassadors have concluded meetings for this year. If you are interested in meeting with ambassadors for the 2024-2025 application cycle, new ambassadors will be announced in early September. In the meantime, to address any general questions about the program or application process not addressed on this website, please see the "Counselor Education Program Contact" section of this page.**

Each application year, from September to January, our ambassadors can meet with you about the above-listed items. Below are the profiles for our 2023-2024 Counselor Education Ambassadors. We have representation from each of our 4 specializations! If you would like to meet with them during their office hours, please click the Schedule an Appointment link to schedule a 30 minute Zoom meeting. You can also email them if you have any questions.

Sarah Dominic-Cluck

Rehabilitation Counseling // Cohort 11


Wednesday: 1:30pm -3:30pm
Sunday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm

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Hello! My name is Sarah Dominic-Cluck. I am a 3rd year student in the Rehabilitation counseling specialization. I received my BS in Criminal Justice here at Sacramento State, which is what lit the fire for my desire to provide mental health services to individuals impacted by the criminal justice system. I also work with the Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution, where I assist in running a restorative justice group for incarcerated individuals as well as facilitating victim offender dialogues. As Sac States Newman Civic Fellow, I continuously strive to further develop my knowledge and engagement in social justice and imbed all that I learn with my counseling skills and identity. I am currently a counseling intern at Anti-Recidivism Coalition, where I will be completing my field study. I would love to answer any questions you may have about the CSUS Counselor Education program and hope to hear from you soon!

Angelina Chang

Career Counseling // Cohort 11



Wednesday: 4:30pm - 8:00pm

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Hello, everyone! My name is Angelina Chang, and I'm a third-year student in the career counseling specialization. I'm a first-generation college student who started at Cosumnes River College and transferred to Sacramento State to complete a bachelor's degree in psychology. I've worked in nonprofit, higher education, and mental health settings where I served diverse populations, including adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities and college students who identify as first-generation, first-year, BIPOC, Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA), EOP, EOP transfers, and/or SSIS undergraduates. Since starting graduate school, I've had the honor to work or intern at the Full Circle Project, the College of SSIS Student Success Center, and the Center for Counseling & Diagnostic Services (CCDS) at Sacramento State. I'm thrilled to join the Student Ambassadors team and to help y'all through the process!

Juliette David

Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling // Cohort 11



Monday: 12:00pm - 3:30pm
Thursday: 1:00pm - 4:30pm

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I’m a third year Counselor Education student in the Marriage, Couple, & Family Counseling specialization. I earned my BA in Legal Studies with a minor in Philosophy from Chico State in 2018. My experience includes working as an advocate at a domestic violence shelter, a paralegal for three public defenders, a volunteer crisis counselor for the Trevor Project, and a case manager for survivors of the 2018 Camp Fire in Paradise, California. I am passionate about advocacy and am a member of Chi Sigma Iota’s legislative advocacy subcommittee. I’m looking forward to beginning my field study at one of Roseville Joint Unified High School District’s school-based wellness centers in the fall, and I am excited to work with prospective students as a Counselor Education Ambassador. I look forward to meeting you!

Elizabeth Hernandez

School Counseling // Cohort 11



Sunday: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Tuesday: 5:00pm - 7:00pm

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Saludos a todos! My name is Elizabeth Hernandez; I am a 3rd-year student in the Counselor Education Program, specializing in School Counseling. I am a first-generation college student from the University of California, Davis. I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems with an Education minor. I saw how beautiful it was to practice Social Emotional Learning as a Garden Educator and wanted to educate myself in the mental health field further. I plan to support my community by becoming a professional school-based mental health therapist. I hope to bridge resources among the students I work with to enhance their well-being, including education on pursuing their next steps after high school. When not working as a college advisor or educator, I like to practice mindfulness in nature, self-care using various art methods, and challenge myself to learn new life skills. I am eager to share my experiences thus far in the Counselor Education Program. As an ambassador, I hope to answer any questions or concerns you may have about the process of applying for our program. Congratulations on taking the next step in your higher education goals! Warmly, Elizabeth

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions