School Counseling & School-based Clinical Counseling (SC, SBCC)

The program offers two specializations, each of which provides fulfilling opportunities to guide diverse populations of underserved students:

2022-23 SC (48 units) Program Plan 

  • Upon graduation, you will be awarded a MA in Counseling with a specialization in School Counseling and be eligible for California’s Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential.
  • School counselors work in elementary, middle, and high school settings

2022-23 SBCC (60 units) Program Plan

  • Upon graduation, you will be awarded a MA in Counseling with a specialization in School Based Clinical Counseling and will: Be eligible for California’s Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential
  • Meet California’s course requirements to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)
  • Review the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) for a list of full requirements to become a LPCC.

2021-22 SC (48 units) Program Plan

  • Upon graduation, you will be awarded a MA in Counseling with a specialization in School Counseling and be eligible for California’s Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential.
  • School counselors work in elementary, middle, and high school settings

2021-22 SBCC (60 units) Program Plan

  • Upon graduation, you will be awarded a MA in Counseling with a specialization in School Based Clinical Counseling and will: Be eligible for California’s Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential
  • Meet California’s course requirements to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)
  • Review the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) for a list of full requirements to become a LPCC.

Program Specialization Courses

Students in all counseling program areas complete courses designed to meet program requirements recommended by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). All students complete core and specialization courses specific to their areas of professional practice. The program requires the student to complete three terms of practicum or fieldwork in an approved setting related to the student’s career goal.

Clinical Contact Hours

Students must successfully complete a minimum of 100 clock hours (minimum of 40 direct service hours) of supervised practicum over one semester and 600 (minimum of 240 direct service hours) clock hours of supervised fieldwork over two semesters.

Clinical Instruction Benchmark Assessment (CIBA)

A Clinical Instruction Benchmark Assessment (CIBA) is utilized to assess readiness for practicum training and to provide candidates with personal and professional development feedback.

Fieldwork Readiness Meeting

A fieldwork readiness meeting is held following the practicum to provide candidates with personal and professional development feedback, to assess progress in the program, and to determine the student’s readiness for advancement to fieldwork. For School Counseling students, the fieldwork readiness meeting is completed prior to approval to register for the Fieldwork in School Settings course (COUN 590).

Capstone Research Project Defense

The Counseling Program utilizes a capstone research project defense as part of the assessment of student readiness to complete the program. The Research project defense requires that students complete a  research project in consultation with their advisor. The defense is a public presentation of the student’s research project and its findings. In addition to the presentation, each student is required to turn in a formal written ‘Research Brief’ project report. The Research defense is generally taken during the final semester of courses.

International Requirement

At SOLES, all masters and doctoral students participate in an international experience designed to support the growth of cultural competency. Our goal is to inform best practices in working with culturally diverse populations locally, nationally, and globally.  International experiences are approved by each student’s faculty advisor and can be credit based or non-credit based activities.