Jul 19, 2024  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Counseling and Guidance, MA

The Counseling and Guidance, MA degree program prepares individuals to apply the theory and principles of guidance and counseling to the provision of support for the personal, social, educational, and vocational development of students, and the organizing of guidance services within elementary, middle and secondary educational institutions. It includes instruction in legal and professional requirements, therapeutic counselor intervention, vocational counseling, and related sociological and psychological foundations.

Additional information is available on the Department of Counselor Education  website: www.sjsu.edu/counselored.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must submit a complete graduate application by applying through the CSU Cal State Apply system and meet all the university admission requirements. Applicants apply separately to the department to obtain admission into the MA in Counseling and Guidance. See the GAPE Graduate Admissions website and this Catalog for general information about graduate admissions  at SJSU.

Applicants from countries in which the native language is not English must achieve a minimum English-language proficiency test score as indicated on the Graduate Program Test Requirements webpage at GAPE. For TOEFL Requirements, see the Policies and Procedures  section, Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Information .

Requirements for Admission to Classified Standing

Applicants may be fully admitted if they meet the admissions requirements for the Graduate Division and the department’s requirements. The minimum requirements for the program are a bachelor’s degree in any discipline and a 3.0 GPA. Preference is given to candidates who demonstrate a strong inclination to serve others, an interest in K-12 or postsecondary education, and a commitment to social justice.

  1. Candidates must meet all university admission requirements .
  2. Department application materials include the items listed below and are to be sent directly to the department office at:

    Department of Counselor Education
    San José State University
    One Washington Square, SH 404
    San Jose CA 95192-0073
    1. Autobiographical and Professional Goals Statement (two to three pages, double-spaced) that includes the applicant’s: a) educational background, b) experiences demonstrating concern and capacity to work with people, c) professional goals in pursuing the degree and/or credential (include areas of interest in counseling), and d) any additional information explaining your interest in the Department of Counselor Education master’s degree or credential program.
    2. Three (3) letters of recommendation from current or former professors and/or employers who can testify to the applicant’s ability to successfully pursue an advanced academic degree and/or discuss the applicant’s experience within the proposed field of study. Forms for these letters can be found on the Department of Counselor Education website.
  3. Official sealed transcripts from each college/university attended should be sent to:

    Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations
    San José State University
    One Washington Square, SH 404
    San Jose CA 95192-0073

Admission to Conditionally Classified Standing

Applicants may be conditionally admitted (admitted with conditions) if they meet the admission requirements for the Graduate Division but do not fully meet departmental admissions requirements. The individual admission notification will explain the required terms and conditions for attaining Classified standing.

Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy

Candidacy denotes that a student is fully qualified to complete the final stages of the Master of Arts degree. General university requirements for advancement to candidacy  are detailed in the Graduate Policies and Procedures  section of this catalog. Candidacy includes the successful completion of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) .

Department Requirements

  1. Complete 18 units of core courses (EDCO 215 , EDCO 218 , EDCO 232 , EDCO 248 , EDCO 266 , EDCO 282 ).
  2. Complete 9 units of advanced courses with a “C” or better. These courses can include practicum and fieldwork experience courses.
  3. Complete the Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) by completing EDCO 215  or EDCO 266  with a “B” or higher.
  4. Maintain an overall graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  5. Meet with your advisor to complete the Petition for Advancement to Graduate Candidacy form.

Requirements for Graduation

University Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, GPA, and culminating experience requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements  section of the Graduate Policies and Procedures . Completion of the degree also requires a minimum grade of “C” in all courses taken and a minimum overall GPA of 3.0.

Department Requirements

  1. Successfully complete all “Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy.”
  2. Complete 6 practicum/fieldwork units from among (EDCO 267 , EDCO 280 , EDCO 292 , EDCO 293 , EDCO 294 )
  3. Complete 6 units of advanced courses (EDCO 288  and EDCO 289 )
  4. Complete 12 units of advanced elective courses from among the following: EDCO 227 , EDCO 244 , EDCO 268 , EDCO 279 , EDCO 283 , EDCO 285 , EDCO 286 , EDCO 287  (can include additional practicum/fieldwork courses)
  5. Complete 3 units (EDCO 221 ) to develop a project proposal (Plan B) or a thesis proposal (Plan A)
  6. Apply for graduation via MySJSU
  7. Successfully complete either the project (Plan B, EDCO 298 ) or thesis (Plan A, EDCO 299 )

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

At SJSU, students must pass the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) .

This requirement is satisfied by passing EDCO 215 , or EDCO 266  with a grade of B or better.

Culminating Experience

Students choose a Plan A (Thesis) or Plan B (Project) option as their program culminating experience.

Plan A (Thesis)

Students selecting the Plan A option will write a master’s thesis. The thesis will include original research on a topic approved by the thesis committee and must meet university requirements as stipulated in this catalog and in the SJSU Master’s Thesis and Doctoral Dissertation Guidelines. Thesis proposals must be approved by the graduate committee, which is made up of two department faculty and a third faculty member from outside the department. Students enroll in EDCO 299  (3 units).

Plan B (Project)

Students selecting the Plan B option will complete a master’s project or research paper. These students enroll in EDCO 298  (3 units).

Master’s Requirements (48 units)

Advanced Courses in Professional Development (18 units)


Culminating Experience (3 units)

Complete One Option (Plan A or Plan B):

Total Units Required (48 units)

Elective courses must be planned in consultation with the Graduate Advisor.

Upon completion of the degree requirements, the student must have achieved minimum candidacy in order to graduate.