What will I learn?

The University of La Verne’s Master of Science in Educational Counseling program prepares graduates to be academically well prepared, ethical, competent, and responsive counselors who can be leaders and advocates that strive to create environments in education and the larger community that support cultural responsiveness, academic achievement, and promote social justice. Educational counselors embrace a holistic approach to maximize the learning environment so that all students can experience success in the academic, college/career readiness and social/emotional domains.

The Master of Science in Educational Counseling coursework equips students with the skills required to address school climate and mental health concerns, specifically culturally relevant prevention and intervention practices that contribute to increased academic achievement for all students. Our program supports a culture of caring that includes a strong commitment to equity across the academic, career, personal, and social domains defined by the National Standards for School Counseling.

Master’s degree coursework emphasizes social justice, mindfulness, creativity, excellence, and community involvement with community action research components embedded throughout the coursework. MS in Educational Counseling graduates are trained as advocates and collaborators for and with families, other educators, and the global community. Through this degree program, students increase their capacity for critical thinking and self-reflection. They also develop the courage and skills to challenge biases and stereotypes, to appreciate diversity, and become transformative leaders in schools and communities.

Educational Counseling Concentrations

Students also have the option to customize the program to meet their professional goals by selecting one of three concentrations:

  • Spanish Bilingual Bicultural Counseling (SBBC)
  • School and Family Based Counseling (SFBC)
  • Social Justice Higher Education (SJHE)

Which department am I in?

LaFetra College of Education

Study options

Full Time (2.5 years)

Tuition fees
USD $700 per unit
Application deadline

Expected February 2022

Start date

Expected March 2022

Venue

Bakersfield Campus

10800 Stockdale Hwy,

BAKERSFIELD,

California,

93311, United States

Full Time (2.5 years)

Tuition fees
USD $700 per unit
Application deadline

Expected February 2022

Start date

Expected March 2022

Venue

Burbank Campus

4001 W. Alameda Avenue,

Suite 300,

BURBANK,

California,

91505, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. (Doctoral programs may also require a master’s degree.) A preferred GPA of 2.5 or above for the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate study, and a GPA of 3.0 for any graduate work.

For international students

A bachelor’s degree in psychology or a behavioral science with a minimum 2.75 GPA in undergraduate coursework and a 3.0 cumulative GPA in graduate work.

TOEFL - 80 iBT or higher, 550 pBT or higher; Duolingo English Test - 105 or higher; IELTS - 6.5 overall band score or higher.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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