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Master of Science in Counseling

Master of Science in Counseling, option in School Counseling

The M.S. in Counseling, option in School Counseling program is a 48-unit program designed for individuals seeking advanced preparation for careers in educational settings (K-12).

The School Counselinggraduate program is designed to complement the Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPS) curriculum and is intended to enhance preparation of public and private school counselors. The PPS credential is required of those seeking employment as counselors in the K-12 public schools.

Preparation for the School Counseling option requires knowledge of individual and group dynamics, advising practices in specialized settings, and an understanding of the developmental issues associated with students' maturation process. It requires an appreciation of organizational dynamics and a firm foundation in counseling theory as well as acquisition of counseling skills appropriate for use with students from diverse populations and backgrounds.

Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPS)

The Pupil Personnel Services Credential is required for employment as a counselor in elementary, middle/intermediate, and secondary public schools in California. This credential may be attained in conjunction with a master's degree, or may itself be the educational objective. Candidates must have a minimum of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in a subject matter.  Some California school districts stipulate that applicants have either prior teaching experience or a master's degree or both to be employed as a counselor, but this is not mandated by law.

The PPS Credential Program consists of 48 units, most of which overlap with coursework taken for the MS in Counseling: School Counseling.

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Dr. Yasar Nur Dedeoglu 



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Upcoming Information Sessions for Prospective Students 

If you are interested in applying for Fresno State's School Counseling M.S. Program or PPS Credential Program, join us virtually on one of the following dates to learn more and connect with School Counseling faculty and ambassadors. 

Please register in advance for one of the following dates:

Thursday, November 9, 2023 
4:00PM - 5:00PM 

Friday, December 1, 2023
4:00PM - 5:00PM 

Friday, February 2, 2024
4:00PM - 5:00PM  

Friday, February 23, 2024
3:00PM - 4:00PM 

Upcoming Events 

School Counseling Alumni Panel

When: March 8th from 5pm-6pm 

Register in advance for this event: 

Internship Orientation
This orientation for students who will enroll in COUN 249 in Fall 2024. Please see the information below and register.

When: Apr 12, 2024 04:00 PM PT

Register in advance for this event: 


Past Events 

Culminating Experience Workshop 
Learn the differences between a thesis, project, and the comprehensive exam & hear first-hand from our students and faculty. Organized by School Counseling Ambassadors. 

When: January 19th, at 4:00 PM
Where: Zoom (You must RSVP by using this link:

Interview Preparation Workshop
Learn tips to prepare for the interview process, how to best prepare for the job search process, and gain insight into possible interview questions.

When: February 16, 2024 at 6:00 PM PT
Where: Zoom (
Meeting ID: 886 0082 8538 Passcode: 628784

Open to all School counseling and PPS students/alumni/faculty