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Attallah College of Educational Studies

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» Master of Arts in Counseling and Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling

Our masters in school counseling provides training for candidates who wish to work as professional school counselors from preschool through high school. The school counseling program prepares students to perform a variety of tasks including college and career guidance, mental health counseling, student social and emotional support, and consultation with teachers and parents.

The program builds on the mission of the Donna Ford Attallah College of Educational Studies by seeking to prepare knowledgeable, skilled, and reflective school counselors who are effective change agents for individuals, families, communities, and institutions. Chapman's masters in school counseling curriculum is built on the American School Counselor Association's National Model of School Counseling as well as eight "big ideas." These include:

  • Collaboration
  • Oral Communication
  • Self-reflection and tolerance for complexity and ambiguity
  • Written Communication
  • Commitment to service and advocacy
  • Building solutions for children through an appreciation of their strengths and resources
  • Understanding children both as individuals and as participants in systems
  • Time management and organizational skills

The application deadline for the Summer 2018 cohort is April 6, 2018.

+ - Program at a Glance

  • Cohort model with entry each Summer semester.
  • Low student-to-faculty ratio, with close collaboration between students and faculty on professional training, research, publications, and presentations.
  • A 51 unit program that can be completed in 2 years of full time study or 3 years of part time study.
  • 200 hours of practica and 600 hours of internship for a total of 800 hours of fieldwork.
  • Students also earn the California Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling at the same time as the Master of Arts in Counseling.
  • Option for an emphasis in Professional Clinical Counseling, which fulfills the educational requirements for the California license as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).
  • Student organization is the Chapman University Association of School Counselors

+ - Admission Requirements

  • Submit an online application (for Summer 2018 only)
  • A statement of intent, the prompt can be found within the application.
  • A current resume or vita that includes information on experiences working with children and/or families.
  • One set of official transcripts from all institutions the applicant has received (or will be receiving) a degree from.
  • Official GRE Scores.
  • Two letters of recommendation are required. One recommendation must be from someone who has experience with the candidate in an academic setting and knowledge of the candidate’s academic potential. The second recommendation should be from someone who knows the candidate in a work setting, preferably one where the candidate works with children.
  • Please note that the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) is not required for admission to the School Counseling program however admitted students will be required to turn in documentation of having passed the CBEST before beginning practicum fieldwork
  • $60 application fee.

The application deadline (including all required materials) for the Summer 2018 cohort is April 6, 2018.

Complete applications must be submitted in order to receive full consideration; a complete application includes the Graduate Admission application and all supporting documents listed above.

Supporting documents may be mailed to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Chapman University
One University Dr.
Orange, CA 92866

+ - Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)

Donna Ford Attallah College of Educational Studies has developed two programs that allow students in School Counseling and School Psychology to meet the educational requirements to become Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). The additional coursework required to meet the educational requirement for the LPCC is embedded into two new emphases:

  • MA in School Counseling with an emphasis in Professional Clinical Counseling
  • Ed.S. Degree in School Psychology with an emphasis in Professional Clinical Counseling

The license in professional clinical counseling is a master’s level license regulated by the Board of Behavioral Science Examiners (BBSE), the same state agency that controls licensing for Marriage and Family Therapists, and Licensed Clinical Social Workers. LPCC license holders can practice counseling and psychotherapy outside the schools in private practice or clinic settings. 

“Professional clinical counseling” is focused exclusively on the application of counseling interventions and psychotherapeutic techniques for the purposes of improving mental health, and is not intended to capture other, non-clinical (i.e. non-mental health) forms of counseling for the purposes of licensure.

For more information about the Attallah College LPCC programs, contact

Dr. Amy Jane Griffiths, Assistant Professor of Clinical Counseling
agriffit@chapman.edu | (714) 744-7988

Hilary Leath, Administrative Assistant
leath@chapman.edu | (714) 744-2142

For more information and application materials related to LPCC licensure, please contact the Board of Behavioral Sciences (www.bbs.ca.gov).

+ - Program Director & Faculty

Dr. Michael R. Hass is a a professor in the school counseling and school psychology programs at Chapman University and is the coordinator of the school counseling graduate program. In addition to his duties as coordinator, he teaches courses in assessment, counseling methods, and mental health issues in the school.  Dr. Hass received his School Psychology training at California State University, Northridge and earned an interdisciplinary doctorate in Social Relations from the University of California, Irvine. His scholarly interests include school mental health, strength-based approaches to counseling and psychotherapy, and resilience.  


+ - Support

Scholarships for students in the Donna Ford Attallah College of Educational Studies are one of the areas of greatest need. There are many disciplines within Attallah College where scholarships are needed. If you are interested in learning how you can help, visit the Support Attallah College page

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Student Spotlight

"I chose Chapman because I'd heard from several school counseling professionals that the program is highly regarded and because of the option to pursue a Professional Clinical Counseling (LPCC) emphasis. The program prepares and trains through both theory and practice."

-Sasha Lo