All PPS candidates beginning in the Fall of 2022 and on, will enter into the newly revised course progression and increased fieldwork hours. Please see additional information in the PPS Handbook.

Course List

GED 6051

Foundations of School Counseling: Professionalism, Ethics, and Legal Mandates (3 Units)

This course examines the historical context of school counseling and provides candidates with the foundational aspects of professional, ethical, and legal considerations.  A number of counseling theories are explored and model frameworks of school counseling programs are reviewed.

GED 6052

School Counseling and Academic Development (3 Units)

This course studies the stages of and factors impacting growth and development through early adulthood as well as learning theories and academic achievement.  A focus is on the counselor’s role in academic systems of support as well as student learning.

GED 6053

The School Counselor’s Role in Student College and Career Development (3 Units)

This course explores the roles of the K-12 and college counselors in the areas of academic achievement and career development. Counseling candidates learn to eliminate barriers in the learning process in support of academic achievement and career development so that K-adult students have knowledge of and preparation for a full range of options.

GED 6054

The School Counselor’s Role in Social and Emotional Development (3 Units)

This course provides candidates an understanding of the Social/Emotional Development concerns of the PreK-12th grade student experience and the school counselor’s integral role in addressing those concerns as purveyors of a comprehensive school counseling program. Candidates will describe, explore and discuss the role of the school counselor in creating a social, emotional learning (SEL) environment, gain insight into personal perspectives of social/emotional awareness as well as inform their professional practices, a transitional aspect of the program.

GED 6055

Growth, Development and Learning Support (3 Units)

This course studies the stages of and factors impacting growth and development through early adulthood as well as learning theories and academic achievement.  A focus is on the counselor’s role in academic systems of support as well as student learning.

GED 6057

Leadership and Advocacy in Social Justice, Equity and Access (3 Units)

This course examines the school counselor’s role as a leader, advocate, and systems change agent based on leadership and change theory leading to equitable outcomes as well as demonstrating knowledge and application of federal and state laws and district policies related to the rights and treatment of historically marginalized populations.  Aspects of preparing PreK-12 students to actively and productively engage in civic responsibility and to identify and critically analyze the variety of ideas and forces in society that contribute to (or constrain) a democratic society are explored.

GED 6058

Program Development: Research, Program Evaluation and Technology (3 Units)

This course explores the use of data to articulate the impact of comprehensive school counseling programs, including academic, college/career and social emotional development for all students in traditional and alternative educational systems. In addition, candidates learn to plan, develop, implement and evaluate a comprehensive counseling program and the program’s role connected with the overall school plan.

GED 6062

Counseling Theory and Techniques (3 Units)

This course provides an overview of the school counseling profession in educational venues, including historical content and knowledge of social and cultural foundations. Foundational counseling theories, skills, and techniques are introduced as are stages of the counseling relationship. Purposes, types, and applications of research in counseling are introduced, as is program evaluation.

GED 6072

Philosophy in Education (3 Units)

This course is designed to guide and support graduate candidates in teaching and learning, counseling, and administration in clarifying a functional personal philosophy of education by extending, refining, and constructively applying their knowledge of the dominating philosophies of education. This course will provide candidates with an overview of both classical and contemporary philosophies and theories of education. The course includes introduction of Judeo-Christian tradition (especially the Wesleyan perspective) and how this tradition informs the discipline and can provide a framework for interaction between and among educators, students, support staff, parents, and culturally diverse traditions and school communities. The emphasis of study in this course leads to the development of a Personal Educational Philosophy for each candidate through focused reading, enhanced critical thinking skills, encouraging meaningful personal and professional reflection, and providing for formative shared thought.

GED 6075

Family Systems (3 Units)

This course provides candidates with an understanding of the interdependence among family members, including how family members conceptualize their roles and position in the family unit. This course equips candidates to work collaboratively with families toward successful academic development and personal/social issues such as positive self-esteem. Candidates learn the meaning of family systems theory and how it applies to school counselors as they execute their roles and responsibilities in schools today. Candidates gain an understanding of parents’ rights in the educational process, enabling them to better meet their needs. Candidates learn how to coordinate prevention education training among multidisciplinary teams that include family participants.

GED 6081

Educational Measurement and Evaluation (3 Units)

Study of validity and accuracy of examinations and marking systems across age spans and educational venues; use of statistical procedures to interpret test results; nature, function and use of standardized tests and authentic assessment including portfolio methods for diagnosis and guidance; brief overview of educational research methods.

PPS Fieldwork Courses

GED 6187P

School Counseling Practica (1 Unit)

Designed to introduce PPS candidate to the K-12 public school setting and the role of a K-12 Counselor. Credit must be received in GED6187P before the candidate can apply for any field experience units. The 100 hours must be completed in one semester. All fieldwork prerequisites must be submitted before the candidate can begin Practica.

GED 6187S1

School Counseling Seminar 1 (1 Unit)

The GED6187S Seminar will be used to discuss professional school counseling standards and best practices, legal and ethical issues, case studies, assignments, and fieldwork skills and practice. Two semesters of GED6187S are required for the PPS Credential. Fieldwork hours must be completed within three semesters. Credit/No Credit.  Must be taken concurrently with GED6188F1.

GED 6187S2

School Counseling Seminar 2 (1 Unit)

The GED6187S Seminar will be used to discuss professional school counseling standards and best practices, legal and ethical issues, case studies, assignments, and fieldwork skills and practice. Two semesters of GED6187S are required for the PPS Credential. Fieldwork hours must be completed within three semesters. Credit/No Credit. Must be taken concurrently with GED6188F2.

GED 6188F1

School Counseling Fieldwork Placement 1 (4 Units)

Candidates will gain on-site fieldwork experience under the supervision of a School Counseling (PPS) Credential holder at two grade levels. Candidates may enroll in GED6188F1 after the prerequisites GED6053, GED 6054, and GED6062 have been completed. There are two sections of GED6188F (GED6188F1 and GED6188F2). Each section is 4 units and equals 800 hours of fieldwork and clinical practice for a total of 8 unit (400 hours total). Enrollment requires clearance consistent with public school districts. Fieldwork hours must be completed within three semesters. Credit/No Credit. Must be taken concurrently with GED6187S1 (seminar).

GED 6188F2

School Counseling Fieldwork Placement 2 (4 Units)

Candidates will gain on-site fieldwork experience under the supervision of a School Counseling (PPS) Credential holder at two grade levels. Candidates may enroll in GED6188F1 after the prerequisites GED6187P and GED6062 have been completed. There are two sections of GED6188F (GED6188F1 and GED6188F2). Each section is 4 units and equals 400 hours of fieldwork and clinical practice for a total of eight unit (800 hours total). Enrollment requires clearance consistent with public school districts. Fieldwork hours must be completed within three semesters. Credit/No Credit. Candidates may enroll in GED6188F2 after GED6188F1 has been completed.

Master of Arts

GED6094

Action Research Project (3 Units)  

This course is designed to explicitly support Master of Arts degree candidates to learn the process of action research and apply it to an educational setting. Candidates learn the iterative process of plan, assess, reflect, and apply and use research methodology and data collection to an issue of practice. The final action research project integrates the candidate’s learning in the program with a field-based project that draws conclusions that are practical, relevant, and are reflective questions of the candidate’s teaching or leadership experience.

GED6095

Action Research Project and Presentation (3 Units)

This course is designed to complement GED 6094, giving the candidate an opportunity to share the action research results obtained in GED 6094 and develop a portfolio of the candidate’s learning in the Master of Arts program. Candidates work with a mentor instructor to complete the portfolio and prepare a presentation of both the portfolio and the action research project. At the end of the course, candidates deliver a public presentation of their work.

Prerequisite(s): GED 6094

Master of Science

GED6098

Master of Science Thesis Design (3 Units)

This course is designed to explicitly support Master of Science degree candidates in developing and internalizing the essential knowledge, skills, and dispositions to conduct an investigation of primary sources. The course is intended to demonstrate the candidate’s ability to work independently on a problem, to demonstrate wide familiarity with the literature in the field of the program, to demonstrate command of the techniques and principles of research and to demonstrate ability to form valid generalizations from the data used. The candidate’s learning and research previously conducted in the required Master’s level coursework serve as the foundation for developing essential thesis topics. Enrollment spans one semester and must be at the end of the candidate’s coursework and can be concurrent with other coursework.

GED6099

Master of Science Thesis  (3 Units)

This course is designed to explicitly support Master of Science candidates in developing the written thesis product and the oral presentation of the research project developed during the GED 6098 course. A faculty mentor is assigned to each candidate to complete a written product and oral presentation representing the research process, which may include implementation and reporting results of an original research and/or experience in an educational environment. Enrollment spans one semester and is required immediately following the successful completion of GED 6098. Continuous enrollment is required each semester until the thesis is completed.

May be repeated. Credit/No Credit.
Prerequisite(s): GED 6098

Degree Total Units: 50