- Have a BA degree - preferably in psychology or other related behavioral sciences. School counseling students should have some first hand knowledge of the K-12 school system.
- For both options a course in personality theory and an undergraduate or graduate level statistics course that includes Analysis of Variance is required.
- For both options, a course in personality theory and an undergraduate or graduate level statistics course that includes analysis of variance is required; in addition, a course in abnormal psychology is required for CMHC option. A course in child development and documentation that you have taken the CBEST by the start of your first semester (www.cbest.nesinc.com), is required for the PPS School Counseling option. Students accepted into the School Counseling track will need to provide evidence of a current and valid Certificate of Clearance. http://www.sonoma.edu/education/forms/certificateofclearance.pdf
- Applicants are strongly encouraged to have acquired an undergraduate-level of understanding of human development, psychodynamic principles, family/educational systems, cognitive-behavioral applications, and client-centered therapy. This introductory knowledge base may be acquired by enrolling in relevant course-work or by undertaking thoughtful reading on these topics.
- A 3.00 (B) grade point average. Applicants with an undergraduate GPS below 3.0 should include an explanation of any extenuating circumstances.
- Completion of Counseling Department application forms
in addition to those required by the University.
- A personal interview and group interview is required for applicants considered for final review. In these interviews, questions may involve personal disclosure deemed relevant by the faculty for determinig the applicant's readiness for beginning training for a career in counseling. All disclosures are held in strict confidence.
- Departmental admissions committees have found the following criteria meaningful, or even indispensable for applicants:
a. The ability to handle academic work of graduate-level
rigor, generally as evidenced by previous academic performance;
b. Counseling-relevant work experience (paid or volunteer); and
c. Global personality assessment -- suitability for a career in
a helping profession, as evidenced by quality of interview, personal data, autobiography, and letters of recommendation.
- GRE results are not required for admission to the Masters
in Counseling program.
PUPIL PERSONNEL SERVICE CREDENTIAL ONLY:
Students with master's degree in a practitioner counseling area
such as MFT, Social Work,
Counseling, School Psychology, (a MA program that required
a practicum and internship/field experience or a two year internship/field
experience) may be considered for "Credential Only" admission.
They must apply through the traditional process and go through
an interview. Typically the credential-only admittees will have
40 units to complete in our program. The number of units may vary
depending on the individual transcripts assessment. They would
have to take
all of the School Counseling specific courses and would have to complete the 600
hours (total) field experience/internships.
Students are accepted to the Counseling program only once a year. We begin accepting applications October 1. In order to apply to the Counseling Department download our application under the Application Process webpage. The DEADLINE for receipt of all the materials for your file including: the $25.00 fee, the inital application form, the three-page information sheet, three letters of recommendation, any transcripts you have listed on your Initial Application Form (one sealed copy), and a five-page autobiogrpahy is due by January 31. In order to apply to the University, you must submit the California State University (CSU) application and all other documents required to the Admission & Records Office along with the application fee (Admissions and
A student who has not been formally admitted to the Counseling
Department may take no more than 12 units and only in the following course
offerings: COUN 501, 511(A,B,C,D), 520, 527, 528A/B, 545,
582, and 583. Admission to individual courses in no way implies admission to
the Master's Degree program or to the PPSC program. You may take these courses
through Open University. Call Extended
Education for more information (664-2394). You are eligible to enroll in these classes provided:
(1) there is space available in the class;
(2) you obtain the consent of the instructor; and
(3) you take no more than 12 units of course
work in the Counseling Department prior to acceptance into the program.
We do keep track of this and anyone going over the limit
will be asked to leave a class if it is determined they have gone over
twelve units in Counseling Dept. courses.
General Information Meetings
Students planning to apply for admission or students wishing
to enroll in any of the Counseling Department's courses are urged to attend
one of the following Information Meetings
specifically planned for prospective students. Selection criteria, admission
procedures, and registration and advisement procedures will be explained.
For information about financial aid, please visit Sonoma State's Financial
Aid home page.