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Welcome to the School Counseling Program!

Program Mission

The mission of the SDSU School Counseling program is to prepare school counselors to become leaders, advocates, and systems change agents in our diverse schools. As an integral part of the total educational program for student success, school counselors learn to design, develop, implement and evaluate their comprehensive school counseling program to ensure that every student receives developmentally appropriate competencies in academic, career and personal/social development. School counselors become professional student advocates who promote equity and access to a rigorous education for every student and who work to prevent and remove barriers to learning. Our School Counseling graduates develop themselves as culturally sustaining leaders in educational transformation and social justice in the schools and communities they serve.


Program Design

The program consists of two years of full-time graduate study.

Students complete a 62 unit Masters of Science (MS) degree in Counseling with a specialization in School Counseling and the California Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential for School Counseling.

Students begin taking courses in the summer prior to their first Fall Semester. In addition to classes, students are also required to work at different schools sites immediately into the program. With the help of a site supervisor, students are able to develop their counseling skills and focus on students' academic, personal/social, and career development. First year students have class onsite in schools a minimum of one day per week. Second year students are at school sites a minimum of two full days a week.


Program Details

Interested in Applying?


To learn more about our program's application process, please click here.


We are looking for prospective students who:

  • Have a desire to counsel and guide students in academic, career and personal/social development in school settings
  • Are passionate advocates for students in schools
  • Demonstrate interest in working with diverse children, adolescents and their families in school
  • Are motivated, empathetic, committed and responsive to working for social justice and equity in school and community contexts
  • Have skills in critical thinking, professional writing ability, are good oral presenters, and are intellectually flexible and insightful
  • Are responsible for their own learning
  • Demonstrate a professional demeanor, are dependable, and ethically appropriate
  • Are self aware and culturally competent
  • Demonstrate a willingness to contribute to the learning of others
  • Show courage and commitment to work on their own personal issues that may interfere in their work with clients
  • Have the desire to be a leader in systemic change


To learn more about our Fall events for prospective students, please visit our Program Events page.

School Counseling Application Open House 2018 Flyer 

Interested in Hosting a SDSU School Counseling Intern at Your School Site?

To learn more about our upcoming event for potential site supervisors and school sites, please click here or read below.  


Dear School Sites,

Thank you for your interest in hosting a SDSU graduate school counseling student for the 2019-2020 academic year! Please RSVP for our 2019 Fieldwork Information Day here.


If you have any questions and/or inquiries about this event, please feel free to email our Graduate Assistants at


SDSU School Counseling Fieldwork Info Session 2019 

Congratulations Class of 2018!


 School Counseling 2018 Graduates

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