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Qualified applications must be a graduate of an accredited college or university (BA, BS or BSW degree). Qualified applicants for the Licensure Only program must have a clinical master's degree from an accredited institution in counseling, psychology, or social work.

Prerequisite courses include:

  • One upper division undergraduate or graduate level psychopathology course, such as COUN 430/530: Introduction to Psychiatric Diagnoses, or PSY 434: Introduction to Psychopathology
  • A graduate level introduction to counseling course, such as COUN 541: Introduction to Counseling

Prerequisite courses should be taken prior to the program starting in fall term but do not need to be completed to submit an application. 

COUN 541 is offered fall, winter, spring, and summer terms, COUN 530 is offered winter and summer terms, and PSY 434 is offered at the discretion of the Psychology Department but typically offered every term. If you have taken a similar course at another university and would like to have counseling faculty review it as a possible substitution, please download and submit the Course Substitution Form.pdf

Please note that students are REQUIRED to complete both prerequisites by winter quarter of their first year in the program.

Additionally, all students will be required to undergo a criminal background check prior to practicum in their second year. More detailed information will be furnished at New Student Orientation.

In addition, School Counseling applicants must:

  • Track I (applicants with a current teaching license): students must document two years experience as a licensed school teacher (verify by including official documentation of work on site letterhead)
  • Track II (applicants without a current teaching license): Document work (paid or unpaid) with youth in an educational setting (verify by including official documentation of work on site letterhead)
  • Fingerprinting will be required upon admission acceptance