Program Overview

As an educator, you want to help students reach their potential – academically, socio-emotionally, spiritually, and vocationally. Perhaps you’ve wondered how you can make more of a difference.

In PLNU's diverse school counseling program, our expert faculty will equip you to transform your school or university one life at a time. You will be grounded in the theories and history of school-based and college counseling practices, K-12, college and career, while also developing your own expertise - all under the guidance of knowledgeable mentors. We will empower you to develop students and young adults to achieve their life potential.

This Master of Arts degree (36 semester units) can specialize in College Counseling and Student Development, or is the route to the K-12 Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential. The PPS Credential is a total of 48 semester units. This is the required credential to serve as a public school counselor. The Child Welfare and Attendance Authorization can be added to the PPS credential for 12 additional units (150 fieldwork).

 For all included coursework, visit our program overview page.

This program is ideal for:

  • Aspiring elementary, middle, or high school counselors.
  • Education advisors in Institutions of Higher Education.
  • Candidates working in health and wellness, residential, spiritual, and student life services at a community college or university.
  • Educators in Human Services professions in the public or private sector.
  • Experienced educators seeking educational/career/salary advancement.

Program Details

  • Total Semester Units: MA in Education, 36 semester units; MA and PPS Credential 48 semester units; Child Welfare and Attendance Authorization, 12 additional units.
  • Format: Combination of face-to-face and distance learning. In-class meetings are from 4:30-9 p.m., one night per week for a period of 8 weeks.
  • Completion time: 18 - 30 months
  • Location: Regional centers in Mission Valley - San Diego, and Bakersfield.
  • Tuition and fees: Please visit our Graduate Student Financial Services website.
  • Fieldwork: Off-site placements where candidates work directly with students as assigned by the Field Experience Coordinator at the regional center (number of hours varies by program).
  • Transfer units: Candidates may transfer up to 6 units of approved graduate level coursework to this program.



A Graduate Enrollment Counselor is available to answer questions about the admissions process, priority application dates and requirements.


Stephanie Meier, Graduate Enrollment Counselor
(661) 377-4721

Mission Valley (San Diego)
Amanda Bolton, Graduate Enrollment Counselor
(619) 563-2810