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Educational Psychology

College of Education

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Educational Psychology, Administration and Counseling - Programs

Interdisciplinary Minor in Crosscultural Language and Academic Development Studies (code COEDUM01)


The minor comprises courses that integrate studies of culture, language, learning and the academic environment, and human development. It is an interdisciplinary program designed to support career objectives related to public education in Crosscultural Language and Academic Development. The minor consists of a minimum of 18 units selected with an advisor. Courses in the department of the student’s major may not be used.

1. One course from each of the following areas (12 units):
Culture: ANTH 421/LING 425 or EDP 432/EDEL 430
Language: EDSP 454 or LING/CD 329
Schooling: EDP/LING 485
Development: EDP 301, 302, HDEV 307I, or PSY 361

2. Six additional units, selected with an advisor, from the following:
Culture: AIS 319, ASAM 319, B/ST 319, CHLS 319, W/ST 319, ANTH 329, ANTH 412I, ANTH/LING 413, ANTH 419, ANTH 421/LING 425, ANTH/WST 475, CHLS/ASAM 335I, EDP 432/EDEL 430
Language: ANTH 170; CHLS 402; EDSP 454; LING/CD 329; LING/ENGL 327; LING 363I, 435, 472, 486.
Schooling: AIS 361, ASAM 310, B/ST 420, CHLS 340, EDP 305, EDSP 350.
Development: EDP 301, EDP 302, HDEV 307I, PSY 361.

 

Master of Arts in Education


Please submit a separate program application as well as a University application for all masters and credential programs. Program application dates may vary (please see individual program).

Option in Educational Administration (code EDADMA01)


Educational leaders serve in many capacities. No matter what position an individual holds within an educational organization, all efforts should be directed at supporting the equitable academic achievement of all students being served. The courses in the Educational Administration Option are designed to prepare leaders for this important work. Emphasis is placed on 1) examining the role of schooling in a democratic society, 2) multiple and varied aspects of educational leadership, 3) building collaboratives, 4) managing and guiding change, and 5) working with diverse populations. The program’s primary mission is to educate candidates who will assume leadership positions in diverse, urban, K-12 schools and districts.

Prerequisites

15 upper-division units in education including EDP 400 or equivalent experience.

University Admission

A “University Application for Graduate Admission” along with one complete set of official transcripts must be filed with the University Office of Admissions. An online University application may be found at www.csumentor.edu.
Conditional Admission to the Program

A separate “Preliminary Administrative Services Masters/Credential Program Application” must be on file with the College of Education Graduate Office (ED1-7) along with one complete set of official transcripts and items 1-3 listed below no later than March 1 for fall admission:

1. Transcripts verifying a minimum 2.85 overall GPA in the last 60 semester (or 90 quarter) units of coursework taken;
2. Two non-confidential letters of recommendation (following Letter of Recommendation Guidelines found with program application) from individuals familiar with the candidate’s professional competence and potential as an educational leader. One letter must be from the candidate’s principal or immediate supervisor;
3. A double-spaced typed personal statement (following Personal Statement Guidelines found with program application) describing the candidate’s educational preparation, leadership experiences, and leadership philosophy;
4. Participate in a screening process that includes an oral interview and that may require submission of an onsite impromptu writing sample.

Clear Admission to the Program (Advancement to Candidacy)

In addition to 1-4 above, a candidate must:
1. Fulfill the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR);
2. Complete EDP 400;
3. Resolve all incomplete grades;
4. Complete the following core courses: EDAD 541 and one other EDAD course for a total of six (6) units;
5. Maintain a 3.0 grade point-average;
6. Complete an approved Advancement to Candidacy form in consultation with a program advisor.

Requirements

A minimum of 30 units with a 21 unit concentration in Educational Administration is required; 21 units must be at the 500/600 level taken at this university.
1. One of the following (3 units): EDP 575, 576 or 672;
2. One of the following (3 units): EDP 520 or 595;
3. One of the following chosen in consultation with the faculty advisor: EDAD 695 (3 units) or EDAD 698 (6 units);
4. All of the following (21 units): EDAD 541, 544, 647A, 647B, 677A, 677B, 649.

 

Option in Educational Psychology (code ED_PMA02)


The Option in Educational Psychology is a research-oriented program designed for students and educators to develop their understanding of learning and development, testing and assessment, research, and program evaluation in education. This program offers a rigorous curriculum in these areas and requires that the student declare a “foundation” emphasis within the Option. There are two Tracks in this Option: Track 1 (MA, Option in Educational Psychology) and Track 2 (MA, Option in Educational Psychology plus School Psychology Credential Program). Admission to the MA, Option in Educational Psychology does not guarantee acceptance to the highly competitive School Psychology Credential Program.

Admission Requirements

University Admission Application

1. File an Application for Graduate Admission along with one complete set of official transcripts with the University Office of Admissions prior to March 1 for consideration to enter the fall semester. Online application at www.csumentor.edu.
2. Complete Parts A and B. In Part B, insert program code ED_PMA02.

Conditional Admission to the Program

1. Meet University admission requirements.
2. Complete a program application (see application for requirements) and submit it to the Graduate Office in the College of Education (ED1-7) with official transcripts, one from each college attended. Transcript must verify a GPA of 3.00 or higher in the last 60 semester (or 90 quarter) units of college course work taken. Evidence of completing at least a baccalaureate degree majoring in the behavioral sciences, education, or a related program prior to beginning of the MA, Option in Educational Psychology is required. (Applicants with other majors should seek advisement from the program faculty.) The program application is separate from the University application.
3. Send an official transcript of test scores obtained from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test to the Graduate Office in the College of Education. For admission consideration, the criterion is a combined Verbal and Quantitative score of 1000.
4. For international students, whose primary language is not English, in addition to GRE scores, send an official transcript of a test score obtained from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) for the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) to the Graduate Office in the College of Education. For admission consideration, the criterion is a TOEFL score of 550 or higher.
5. Program application deadlines for consideration to enter the Fall semester: March 1 (for Track 1) and February 13 (for Track 2). Check the CSULB Catalog and the program website (www.ced.csulb.edu/edpsych) for further information on the application to Track 1. Track 2 application is combined with the application to the School Psychology Credential Program. Check the CSULB Catalog and the program website (www.ced.csulb.edu/school-psych) for further information on the application to Track 2 (MA, Option in Educational Psychology plus School Psychology Credential Program) and the School Psychology Program.
6. Official transcript(s), GRE scores, and TOEFL score if applicable, must be on file in the Graduate Office in the College of Education no later than March 1 (for Track 1) and February 13 (for Track 2) for consideration to enter the Fall semester.
7. Note: “Conditional admission” status does not guarantee clear admission to the master’s program.

Clear Admission to the Program
(Advancement to Candidacy)

The catalog published in the academic year in which the student is advanced to candidacy governs the course of that student’s program. In addition to 1-6 above, a candidate must:
1. Fulfill the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).
2. Complete the following prerequisites:
Track 1: EDP 301 or 302; and EDP 305, 419 and EDSP 350; or acceptable equivalents
Track 2: EDP 301 or 302; and EDP 405 and 419, or acceptable equivalents
3. Complete 6 to 9 units of core courses.
4. Maintain a 3.0 grade point average on the prerequisites plus 6 to 9 units of core courses.
5. Resolve all incomplete grades.
6. Complete an approved plan of study in consultation with the program advisor.

Program Requirements
MA Objective (Track 1)

The degree objective requires a total of 33 units (not including prerequisites) made up of a 27-unit core and a 6-unit “foundation” that culminates in either (a) a master’s thesis or (b) a written comprehensive examination.

1. Degree Core:
A. EDP 519, 520, 541, 595, 596, 619, 604, and 605
B. 3 units from EDSP 564 or 500/600 level elective (with the approval of the program advisor)
2. For the “foundation” culminating in a master’s thesis, the student completes all of the above 27 units of core courses plus 6 units of EDP 698. For the “foundation” culminating in a written comprehensive examination, the student completes all of the above 27 units of core courses plus 6 units of 500/600 level electives selected with the approval of the program advisor. For the “foundation” culminating in a master’s thesis, the student is strongly encouraged to complete EDP 696 as a 500/600 level elective.

MA Objective (Track 2)
Assignment to Track 2 requires that students are admitted to both the Master of Arts in education, Option in Educational Psychology and the School Psychology Credential Program. The degree objective requires a total of 32 units (not including prerequisites) made up of a 23-unit core and 9-unit “foundation” that culminates in either (a) a master’s thesis or (b) a written comprehensive examination. All courses are 3 units unless specified otherwise.
1. Degree Core:
A. EDP 520, 524A, 524B (2units), 579 (4 units), 604, and 605
B. EDP 525A and 525B (2 units)
2. For the “foundation” culminating in a master’s thesis, the student completes all of the above 23 units of core courses plus 6 units of EDP 698, and 3 units from the following: EDP 541, 595, 596, or 696. For the “foundation” culminating in a written comprehensive examination, the student completes all of the above 23 units of core courses plus all of the following: EDP 519, 541, and 596.

 

Option in Educational Technology (code ED_PMA05)


Serving the mission of enhancing education through the use of technology, educational technology specialists perform many functions in schools, educational institutions, and training agencies. This option prepares leaders in the field who will evaluate, design, and effectively use technology for educational purposes. Combining both theory and practice, this option is designed for individuals seeking career growth in K-12 and university settings and for those planning to pursue doctoral degrees.

Admission to the Program

Submit a Master of Arts in Education, Option In Educational Technology application to the College of Education Graduate Office along with one complete set of transcripts no later than March 1 for fall admission or October 1 for spring admission, including information to satisfy the requirements below. (Items 1-6 are required, and item 7 is optional.)

1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
2.Upper-division coursework in statistics and research.
3. Upper-division coursework in the use of technology and computer applications (3 units), e.g., ETEC 411, ETEC 444, or equivalent experience (see advisor).
4. A 3.0 GPA (on a 4-point system) in the last 60 units of upper division and/or graduate course work completed at an accredited college or university and a 3.0 GPA in all prerequisite course work.
5. Three (3) letters of recommendation, preferably from teachers, supervisors or colleagues in education or related fields.
6. A word-processed personal statement -- see the program application for the specific questions to address.
7. (Optional). Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to submit an official transcript of scores obtained from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test, the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).

University Admission

Meet University admission requirements. Submit an Application for Graduate Admission along with one complete set of official transcripts to the University Office of Admission no later than March 1 for Fall consideration and no later than October 1 for Spring consideration.

Advancement to Candidacy

1. Provide evidence of passing the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).
2. Maintain a 3.0 GPA in all course work.
3. Resolve any Incomplete grades.
4. Complete all prerequisites and at least six units of the program in residence at the University.

Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 30 units of upper division and graduate courses, of which at least 21 units must be at the 500/600 level taken at this university. With consent of the program advisor, students may count up to 6 units of previously taken graduate courses toward the degree. However, a student who completes a 6 unit thesis or project may possibly count 9 units of previously taken courses toward the degree.

1. Core courses (21 units):
A. Research Methods: EDP 520 (must also complete course prerequisites: ED P 400, ED P 419, or equivalent.)
B. Educational Technology: ETEC 510, 523, 525, 530, 551, and 570.

2. Electives (6 units): In consultation with program advisor, students will select 6 additional units. Options include, but are not limited to, the following:
A. Educational Technology: ETEC 535, 580;
B. Educational Psychology: EDP 595, 696;
C. Librarianship: ELIB 530A, 530B, 540, 550;
D. Special Education: EDSP 542;
E. Computer Science: CECS 401E, 410E;
F. Other courses, including those outside the College of Education, chosen in consultation with program advisor.

3. Exit requirement (3 - 6 units); Electronic portfolio with interview and one of the following chosen in consultation with the program advisor:
A. ETEC 695 (3 units) plus pass a comprehensive examination;
B. EDP 699 (6 units) Project with written Project Report;
C. EDP 698 Thesis (6 units).

 

Option in Librarianship (code ED_PMA06)


The Master’s degree option in Librarianship provides a rigorous academic foundation for professional leadership in library and information professions that serve the needs of a culturally diverse, technology-informed society. Because the Master of Arts degree option incorporates work toward the Teacher Librarian Services Credential, candidates with this specialization may pursue their credential and degree simultaneously. For additional information, go to www.csulb.edu/lmt.

Admission to the Program

Prerequisites: completion of a bachelor’s degree; a current valid basic teaching credential (elementary, secondary, or special education credential) for the Teacher Librarian (LT) strand ONLY.

Clear Admission

1. Meet University admission requirements.
2. A minimum 3.0 overall GPA in the last 60 semester units of course work (provide official copy of transcripts to the University and photocopy of transcripts to the program).
3. Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your professional competence and potential as a librarian.
4. A written personal statement describing your educational and experiential background, and professional goals.
5. Current resume.
6. Screening interview.

Advancement to Candidacy

1. Fulfill the Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).
2. Maintain a 3.0 GPA from the time of admittance to the program.
3. At least six units completed in the approved program.

Program Requirements

A minimum of 36 units is required, with at least 24 units in the 500/600 level series taken at this University. In consultation with the advisor, a comprehensive examination track or thesis track is selected.
Note: This information does not include all of the requirements for the Teacher Librarian Services Credential, which is typically pursued simultaneously with the Master of Arts degree. For additional information, go to www.csulb.edu/lmt.

Core Requirements

1. Core courses (21 units):
A. Library Media: ELIB 500, 510, 520, 540, 550
B. Technology: ELIB 570 or ETEC 523 (or PPA 521 for public services)
C. Research methods: EDP 520 or EDP 595
2. Electives (9 units): The balance of the program is completed through advisor-approved electives. Choices include, but are not limited to, the following:
A. Youth services: ELIB 530A, ELIB 530B, EDCI 625
B. Higher education services: COUN 531, COUN 548, COUN 552, EDP 490
C. Public services: EDP 589, FCS 529, PPA 500, PPA 525, PPA 533, PPA 535
D. Advanced technology: ETEC 530, ETEC 551, ETEC 553, ETEC 623
3. Field experience (3-4 units): ELIB 580 or ETEC 580
4. One of the following chosen in consultation with the faculty advisor upon advancement to candidacy (3-6 units):
A. Comprehensive examination and EDP 697 (3 units); or
B. Thesis and EDP 698 (6 units)

 

Option in Social and Multicultural Foundations of Education (code ED_PMA03)


Students pursuing the option in Social and Multicultural Foundations engage in both traditional and contemporary perspectives through focused, interdisciplinary study. The option is designed for individuals seeking careers in multicultural/multilingual settings, international education, contemporary urban educational environments, and for students interested in pursuing higher academic degrees.

Admission Procedures

Submit a program application no later than March 1 for Fall semester consideration and October 1 for Spring semester consideration to the Graduate Studies and Research Office in the College of Education. Failing to supply a complete application by the deadline may jeopardize your acceptance into the program. Include the following material with the application:
1. One complete set of transcripts from all educational institutions attended. Transcripts must verify a minimum grade point average of 2.85 in the last 60 semester (or 90 quarter) units of course work.
2. A type written 3-page personal statement that discusses A) academic and career experience B) intellectual or academic strengths C) professional goals.
3. One representative sample of applicant's academic writing.
4. Two letters of recommendation from someone who can evaluate your abilities.
Submit a university application no later than March 1 for Fall semester consideration and October 1 for Spring semester consideration. Simultaneously file an Application for Graduate Admission with the University Office of Admissions or online through CSU Mentor (www.csumentor.edu) and one complete set of official transcripts from all educational institutions attended. This set of transcripts is for the university application, and is in addition to the transcripts submitted with the program application.

Program Prerequisites

Nine (9) units of the following courses which may be taken concurrently with program courses, but must be completed prior to advancement to candidacy.
1. EDP 432 (or equivalent)
2. EDP/LING 485 (or equivalent)
3. EDP 400 (or equivalent)

Program Requirements

Thirty-three (33) to thirty-six (36) units of upper division and graduate courses, of which twenty-four (24) units in residency must be at the 500/600 level.

Program Courses: A minimum of fifteen (15) of the 33-36 units must be chosen from: EDP 573, 574, 575, 576, 582, 583, 672

Research Methodology: Three (3) units from one of the following: EDP 520 or EDP 595/LING 595

Electives: Twelve (12) units of elective courses. The balance of the program is completed through approved electives appearing in the list of courses below. Electives also include Program Courses exceeding the 15 units required above or additional courses approved by the program coordinator. For convenience, related courses are listed together but may be taken in any combination. (When selecting courses below the 500 level, students may choose only those with an asterisk beside the course number, indicating that they are acceptable for credit in a master’s degree – or those courses appearing on the List of Approved 400 Level Courses.)

Related courses on Race, Class, and Gender Studies in Education: EDCI 505; ANTH 519/419; HIST *469, *406A, *406B, *394; POSC *401; PPA 533;

Related courses on Language, Literacy, and Culture in Education: EDP 578/LING 475/575, EDRG 540, ELIB 500, LING 650, ANTH *413, ANTH 530;

Related courses on International/Global Education: ETEC 525, ANTH *421/LING *425, POSC *455

Advancement to Candidacy

Students may advance to candidacy, at which time they receive catalog rights, after they have:
1. Met with the advisor
2. Completed all prerequisites
3. Completed 6 units of program courses
4. Completed the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)
5. Maintained a 3.0 GPA in all program course work, including prerequisites
6. Completed any Incomplete grades

Exit Requirement

After completing all course work and advancing to candidacy, the candidate must select either the Directed Research and Comprehensive Exam or Thesis option. Either choice requires the permission of the program coordinator, department chair, and associate dean. Candidates choose one path from:

1. (A.) Directed Research: EDP 697 – for three (3) units, (B.) Comprehensive Exam one semester
2. Thesis: EDP 698 – for six (6) units, over two semesters

 

Master of Science in Counseling


Counselors serve valuable functions in fields of education, health and human services, and business. Their domains of practice include public and private educational institutions, medical facilities and allied health agencies, social service agencies and organizations, state and federal human service agencies and programs, correctional facilities, business and industry, and private practice. The program’s philosophy is to introduce students to a variety of approaches to counseling, and to encourage the development of competencies within these approaches.

The program combines theory and practice utilizing on and off campus course work and field work assignments. Required courses are offered predominantly in the evening, but most field assignments require daytime participation during normal business hours defined by the off-campus sites.

Students coming from diverse experiential backgrounds are trained at the graduate level to be able to perform entry level duties expected by the counseling profession and its specialty areas. Students are prepared to assume future leadership positions in their area(s) of expertise after additional work experiences have been acquired in the field following graduation.

The Master of Science in Counseling Program consists of five options:
1. Career Counseling
2. Marriage and Family Therapy
3. School Counseling
4. Student Development in Higher Education
5. Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling (temporarily suspended for new admissions)

The total number of course units needed to satisfy requirements for graduation depends upon the option selected by the student.

University Admission

File an Application for Graduate Admission along with one complete set of official transcripts from all educational institutions with the University Office of Admissions no later than March 1 for Fall consideration.

Program Admission

File a completed Master of Science in Counseling application to only one program option area with the College of Education Graduate Office (ED1-7) along with one complete set of official transcripts no later than March 1 including steps 1-3 listed below:

1. Transcripts must verify a GPA of 2.85 or higher on the last 60 semester (or 90 quarter) units of course work taken. Evidence of completing at least a baccalaureate degree majoring in the behavioral sciences, education, or related program prior to beginning the Master of Science in Counseling program (those with other majors should seek advisement from the program faculty);
2. Send three (3) letters of recommendation along with the Program Application;
3. Send a type-written personal statement as instructed in the Program Application;
4. Screening interview(s) (upon notification by the option area);
5. Items 1-3 above must be on file in the Graduate Office no later than March 1 for the following fall semester (students are admitted to begin course work in the fall semester only but may take summer courses after program acceptance notification) except as noted below.

Career Counseling applicants only: Items 1-5, along with results of the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) and current edition of the Strong Interest Inventory, must be on file in the College no later than March 15

MFT applicants only: Items 1-3 must be on file in the College of Education Graduate Office no later than March 1.
School Counseling applicants only: Items 1-3 must be on file in the College of Education Graduate Office no later than March 1.

Student Development in Higher Education applicants only: Items 1-3 must be on file in the College of Education Graduate Office no later than March 1.

6. Applicants are not allowed more than 9 semester unit credits applied to curriculum requirements of the option selected prior to admission into the first semester of the program.

 

Option in Career Counseling (code ED_PMS01)


Students in this option prepare to provide career counseling and guidance services to adults and adolescents in the community and public agencies, college and university settings, business and industry settings, and private practice. The training prepares individuals for the California Registered Professional Counselor (CRPC) and National Master Career Counselor (MCC) examinations.

Requirements

All of the following: COUN 502, 510, 513, 515, 529, 530, 531, 637, 638, 643C, 644C; and all requirements of ONE of the following tracks (21 units): Thesis Track – EDP 419, 420, 519, 520, 696, 698; OR Comprehensive Examination Track–– EDP 400; and six elective courses from COUN 505, 516, 555, 580, 601, EDP 517, 520, 524A, 596; EDSP 564.

Advancement to Candidacy

COUN 515, 530; EDP 400 or 419; fulfill the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).

 

Option in Marriage and Family Therapy (code ED_PMS04)


Students in this option will prepare for licensed independent MFT practice to work in private practice, community-agency settings, government-court settings, hospitals, clinics, Employee Assistance Programs, and city-county-state agencies to provide counseling services for adults, children, families and couples.

Prerequisite
EDP 400 or equivalent.

Requirements
All of the following (61 units): COUN 508A, 508B, 510, 511, 512, 513, 514, 515, 522, 543, 555, 556, 557, 601, 608, 609, 638, 643D, 644D; EDP 520, and EDP 698 or comprehensive examination. Students electing the comprehensive examination must complete an additional 6 units of approved electives from coursework in the counseling program.

Advancement to Candidacy

COUN 508A, 510, 513; EDP 400; fulfill the Graduation Writing Assessment (GWAR).

 

Option in School Counseling (code ED_PMS02)


The Master of Science in Counseling (School Counseling Option) and the Pupil Personnel Services School Counseling Credential Programs are designed to prepare counselors to work in elementary, middle, and high schools. Both programs support a comprehensive, developmental, and collaborative school counseling model. Based upon the American School Counselor Association’s National Standards for K-12 School Counseling Programs and their 2003 National Model, our programs further support a balanced, holistic approach that considers the academic, career development, and personal/social needs of K-12 students. Graduates are expected to become proactive leaders who will advocate for their students and themselves, as counseling professionals working toward equity, achievement, and opportunity for all students.

Students entering the Master of Science in Counseling (School Option) program concurrently fulfill requirements for the Pupil Personnel Services School Counseling Credential and must apply to both programs. The Pupil Personnel Services School Counseling Credential (PPS/SC) is required by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) for persons employed by the public schools as school counselors. (See Credential Programs)

Each year the School Counseling Programs Information and Application Packet is revised. Applicants must use the application developed specifically for the year for which they are applying.

Requirements

All of the following (51-57 units): COUN 506, 507 (or EDP 530 or 531 for students who have advanced to candidacy prior to Fall 2005), 510, 513, 515, 555, 606, 607, 638, 643A, 644A, and 695C; EDP 400, 520, 536, 596, 604, and 2 semesters of EDP 698 or comprehensive examination.

Advancement to Candidacy: COUN 506, 513, 515; EDP 400; fulfill the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).

 

Option in Student Development in Higher Education (SDHE) (code ED_PMS03)


Students completing this option are employed in residence halls, financial aid, student activities, adult re-entry, admissions, career centers, academic advising, disabled student services, counseling centers, orientation, trio and educational opportunity programs, multicultural affairs, and community outreach in two- and four-year institutions.

Requirements

All of the following (51 – 57 units): COUN 510, 513, 515, 516, 538, 547, 548, 549, 555, 593, 638, 643B, 644B, 693; EDP 400, 520, 576, 596; and EDP 698 or comprehensive examination.

Advancement to Candidacy: COUN 513, 515, 538, 593, EDP 400; fulfill the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).

 

Option in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling (VRC) (code ED_PMS05)


Students in this option prepare to provide vocational rehabilitation services to people with disabling conditions in state rehabilitation service offices, community-based sheltered workshops, hospitals, clinics, geriatric centers and hospices, Employee Assistance Programs, Social Security Disability Administration offices, private counseling firms, private practice, and School-to-Work Transition Programs. They also prepare for national Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and California Registered Professional Rehabilitation Counselor (CRPRC).
Applicants should be aware that this option is under consideration for suspension or discontinuance and selected courses will not be offered in the 2008-09 academic year.

Requirements

All of the following (59-65 units): COUN 430, 505, 510, 513, 515, 529, 555, 637; EDP 419, 420, 501, 520, 524A, 531, and one from EDSP 564 or COUN 580; and EDP 698 (Thesis) or comprehensive examination.
Advancement to Candidacy: COUN 430; EDP 419, 501; fulfillment of the Graduation Writing Assessment (GWAR).

 

Master of Science in Special Education (code ED_PMS06)


Students in this master’s degree program work toward attaining leadership positions in public and private schools and agencies in the community that provide services for individuals with disabilities. The program is aimed at developing advanced skills and knowledge of current research in special education, and demonstration of the ability to engage in reflective inquiry. The program culminates with a thesis or comprehensive exam. The program does not result in a credential to teach students with disabilities. Students who want to teach individuals with disabilities should refer to the Education Specialist Credential Program section.

Admission

1. Submit a program application with copies of transcripts from all educational institutions verifying a GPA of 2.85 or higher on the last 60 semester units (or 90 quarter units) of course work taken.
2. Verification of a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
3. A typed essay of three to five pages, double-spaced, outlining the candidate’s reasons for entering the program, experiences and training related to the program, and anticipated outcomes from completing the program.
4. An interview with program faculty (conducted at a later date).
5. 2 letters of recommendation from persons able to attest to the student’s professionalism and preparedness for advanced academic studies.
6. Attendance at an on-campus program orientation.

Prerequisites

A bachelor’s degree with 24 upper division units to include the following 3 areas of study (suggested courses in education noted in parentheses) and a teaching credential in Special Education or equivalent experience:

1. Developmental: 3 units (EDP 301 or 302)
2. Statistics and measurement: 3 units (EDP 400)
3. Individual differences: 3 units (EDSP 350)

Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 30 units of upper division and graduate courses with a minimum of 21 units at the 500/600-level taken at this university. Degree requirements include the following courses:
1. Foundation Courses: EDP 520; EDSP 546C, 550
2. Required Specialization Courses: EDSP 535, 542, 566
3. One of the following advanced methods courses: EDSP 563 or 565
4. One of the following pathways in consultation with faculty advisor:
Comprehensive exam pathway: EDSP 695S (3 units) and written comprehensive exam
Thesis pathway: EDP 698 (6 units)
5. 3-6 units of electives selected with the program faculty advisor.