Jul 05, 2020
Suzanne Whitehead, Ed.D., Program Coordinator
Office: DBH 345
Phone: (209) 667-3955 or 3364
The Master of Arts in Education, Counselor Education Concentration, is intended for those who wish to provide counseling in a variety of settings such as the substance abuse field, working with foster children, counseling/advising in higher education settings, working with the homeless, or numerous other counseling-related positions that require an Master’s degree. It is also available as a combined program with the Pupil Personnel Services Credential , or with the Professional Clinical Counselor option .
To be considered for admission to the M.A. Counselor Education Program, applicants must:
- Possess a baccalaureate degree.
- Be admitted to the University with a GPA of at least 3.0 for the last 60 units earned.
- Submit Application for First Interview form with payment receipt to the Advanced Studies in Education office (DBH 348). The application for the First Interview indicates that you must submit a written statement indicating suitability for the Stanislaus State Counselor Education Program and future work as a counselor. This document will not only be used to ascertain a candidate’s fit within the program, but will also be used as a measure of writing proficiency.
- Pay program application fee at Cashier’s Office.
- Submit a Certificate of Clearance (or valid California Teaching/Service Credential or Substitute Permit) with Application for First Interview.
- Submit two (2) letters of recommendation with the Application for First Interview.
- Successfully complete First Interview.
- Coursework Requirements - Students must be fully admitted to program prior to taking any Counselor Education coursework.
- Graduate Requirements - The minimum academic grade point average for earning the M.A. degree is 3.0. The minimum acceptable grade for courses included in the M.A. program is a “C.” A student who earns a grade of “C” or below may be put on probation if their GPA falls below the required 3.0. Earning a second grade of “C” or below may lead to disqualification and removal from program and will be reviewed by the program coordinator on a case-by-case basis.
- Final Requirements - The M.A. in Education degree requires the successful completion of all coursework and passing a Comprehensive Exam, or approval of a written thesis, and passing of an oral thesis defense. After all requirements have been met, the student will be awarded the M.A. degree.
- Class Scheduling - Courses are scheduled in the late afternoon and evening to enable employed individuals to enroll in classes. Early registration is strongly recommended.
- Coursework - Coursework expires seven years from completion and cannot be applied toward the Master’s degree. One-third of units may be revalidated if less than 10 years old. This applies to all Master’s degree options: thesis or comprehensive examination.
Requirements - Comprehensive Exam Option
Minimum of six (6) units from the following:
If the Comprehensive Exam is not passed during the final semester of course enrollment, then student needs to register for EDGS 7006 (once).
Requirements - Thesis Option
If Thesis is not completed after three semesters of enrollment in EDGS 5990, then student must enroll in EDGS 7005 every semester until completion of M.A.