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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 60 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 competent leaders in educational reform and social justice in the schools and communities they serve.

Future School Counselor Day 2017

Future School Counselor Day 2017

Learn more about the program, meet current students, faculty, and alumni of the program, and get all of your questions answered regarding the Fall 2018 application process.

For additional inquiries, you may contact our graduate assistants here:

2017-2018 Fieldwork Information Day

Fieldwork Info Session


SDSU School Counseling Program would like to cordially invite any and all schools and/or districts to the 2017-2018 Fieldwork Information Session. SDSU faculty and staff will share important information regarding the placement process. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn about the School Counseling Program, required documentation, and meet our current students. We will review assignments, activities, and other SDSU requirements our graduate students will have to complete during their fieldwork hours. We will also discuss how to establish an agreement between SDSU and your school district.

Schools and/or districts will have the opportunity to showcase and share unique aspects of their school counseling departments which will allow students to pursue placement at sites that align with areas they are interested in.



DATE: Monday, February 27th, 2017

TIME: 4:00pm to 6:00pm

LOCATION: Council Chambers in the Aztec Student Union Building

To request more Information, please email our Graduate Assistants at


To RSVP, please submit your response HERE

Future School Counselor Day


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


Application Open House


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 second annual Application Open House. We will be hosting the open house on San Diego State's campus this coming November. 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
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