This program is designed as a two-year, full-time program, including two summers, with admission only in the fall semester. The program is offered at the main campus in San Francisco.
Classes meet according to the following schedule:
- First Fall Semester
- Three Friday evenings per month - 5:00-9:00 p.m.
- Two Saturdays per month - all day, 8:00-5:15 p.m.
- Remaining Fall and Spring Semesters | 8 weekends per semester
- Classes meet on alternate weekends
- First year students will meet for one additional teaching weekend (9 total)
- Friday evenings - 5:00-9:45
- Saturdays, all day - 8:00-5:15
- Summer Sessions | 6 consecutive weekends during June and July
- Thursday evenings (5 total, first year students only)
- Friday evenings: 5:00-9:45, Saturday: 8:00-5:15
- First year students will meet for 4 consecutive weekends, second year students will meet for 6 consecutive weekends
Students go through the program together as a cohort, forming informal study groups and building on each other's knowledge and life experiences. Such collaborative learning is a powerful force in shaping each individual’s academic and professional experience. The relationships formed in the program often lead to support, resources, and professional opportunities.
The program faculty are experienced educators and practitioners who employ diverse instructional methods to maximize positive learning outcomes for adult learners. They also offer personal attention, concern, and career development for the individual student.
The main assets of the master's program in Counseling Psychology with an concentration in School Counseling are summarized below:
- Fall entry: 2-year program (six consecutive semesters, including two summers)
- Fulfillment of educational requirements for the Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPS) issued by the California State Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC)
- Alternate weekend classes during fall and spring semesters, with consecutive weekend classes in the summer
- Coursework and fieldwork training in schools to work effectively with children, adolescents, parents, and school personnel in educational settings
- Strong focus on multiculturalism and social justice
- Class sizes are small (10-24 students)
- Faculty are actively involved in Bay Area schools, professional organizations, and in related research programs
- All of our recent graduates are working as School Counselors