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Welcome to the School Counseling Program!

Program Design

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

Students enter 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 Summer prior to the Fall Semester. First year students have class onsite in schools a minimum of one day per week. Second year students are on school sites a minimum of two full days a week.


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.


Decision Desk is no longer active.


The CSU has selected a different vendor. Please complete this form if you are applying to our program. We will contact you with further information when the new platform is available. However, please continue your application on Cal State Apply, which is due December 15, 2017. 



Here is some advice for the application process: 

1) Fill out and submit the CalState Apply applicant right away.
To help submit the CalState Apply application as quickly and easily as possible, read the information on the School Counseling (M.S.) graduate admissions webpage: Download and follow the step-by-step directions that are posted on that page.

2) Send official transcripts and test scores to SDSU Graduate Admissions
Do this as soon as possible after you submit your CalState Apply application, and after October 23rd.

3) Collect information for the Supplemental Program Application
Our Decision Desk system is being replaced. The replacement applications are expected to be online by November 1st for priority deadline programs, and soon after for other programs.  While you are waiting, you can get ready by collecting information and writing essays. Go to the College of Education graduate admissions web page, then click on the link for your program.  Scroll down and you will see the program application requirements and questions for your program.

For those that started a Decision Desk Application:
If you submitted your Decision Desk application, you're done - SDSU will import your application into the new system. If your Decision Desk application was in progress, you should have received an email from the SDSU Graduate Division. You will also receive an email when the new system is online.

Recommenders can continue to submit letters in Decision Desk at this time, even though Decision Desk Applications are closed. When the new system opens, SDSU will import all complete recommendation letters into the new system. Recommendation requests that are imcomplete in Decision Desk will not be imported into the new system; applicants will re-create a recommendation letter request in the new system. SDSU will not contact recommenders directly; applicants are advised to reach out to their letter writers after the new system opens, and inform them of the new request they will receive. 





Future School Counselor Day 2017

To view the most up-to-date Future School Counselor Day presentation, please click here.


Application Open House 2017


For prospective students unable to attend the Future School Counselor Day presentation in October, or for those seeking a more informal introduction to our program, faculty, and program requisites, we welcome you to join us for our third annual Application Open House. We will be hosting the open house on San Diego State's campus November 17, 4-6pm. This will be an opportunity to meet some of our faculty and current students, and get a more personal feel for what our program has to offer! 

Our faculty and current students will be available to answer your questions and provide their own unique persepctives and experiences gained from our program. In addition, the open house will provide an opportunity for those prospective students to introduce themselves to our faculty and fellow students as well as give us a chance to know you!

To RSVP, please fill out the following Google Form.

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Program Details

  • Download the Sequence of Study for Full-Time Students
  • In addition to classes, students are also required to work in 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 student's academic, personal/social, and career development.

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
 Still have questions?
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Office Hours: 11am-1pm on Tuesdays