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Attallah College of Educational Studies

Changing Lives

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

Our master's 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 mental health counseling, college and career guidance, helping students apply academic achievement strategies, and consultation with teachers and parents.

The program builds on the mission of the 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":

  • 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 next cohort (Summer 2021) is January 10, 2021.

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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.
  • Study abroad opportunities
  • Tuition assistance and scholarships available
  • 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).
  • Chapman University Association of School Counselors student organization 

Admission Requirements

  • Submit an online application (for Summer start 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.
  • 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 passing one of the Basic Skills Requirements is not required for admission to the School Counseling program. However, admitted students will be required to turn in documentation of having passed before beginning practicum fieldwork.
  • $60 application fee.

The application deadline (including all required materials) for the Summer 2021 cohort is January 10, 2021.

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

Chapman Institution Code: 4047

Fieldwork and Graduation Requirements

  • 51-unit program 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.
Fieldwork Requirements
  • Signed Chapman University Fieldwork Clearance Packet
  • Met one of the Basic Skills Requirements
  • TB Test (screening or test)
  • Certificate of Clearance or 30-day substitute permit
Graduation Requirements
  • PASS Praxis Exam (5421-Professional School Counselor)
  • Program Exit Interview

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)

Within the Attallah College of Educational Studies, the additional coursework required to meet the educational requirement for the LPCC is embedded into two new emphases:

  • MA in Counseling with an emphasis in Professional Clinical Counseling
  • MA in Educational 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. 

For more information about the Attallah College LPCC programs, including required hours and coursework, visit our LPCC FAQs and info page.

For more information and application materials related to LPCC licensure, please contact the Board of Behavioral Sciences.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Where is Chapman University located?

Chapman University is located in the City of Orange, California, near historic Old Towne Orange. Our beautiful campus is centrally located in Orange County, a short distance from the 5, 55, 22, and 91 freeways.

When are classes held?

To accommodate working professionals, Chapman graduate courses are conveniently scheduled in the late afternoon and evenings, between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

What is the cost of the program?

Tuition for the 2020–2021 academic year is $1,025/credit.
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How long will it take me to complete this program?

The MA in School Counseling and PPS credential program can be completed in 2 years of full-time study or 3 years of part-time study.

When is the application deadline?

Chapman admits one cohort per year (summer) to the MA in School Counseling and PPS credential program. See the graduate admission webpage for all Attallah College application deadlines.

Where can I mail my supporting documents?

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

How do I submit my letters of recommendation?

Your letters of recommendation will be submitted electronically through the online application. On the left-hand side of the online application you will be asked to input the name and email address of your recommenders. They will receive an email with information on submitting your letter of recommendation electronically. We do not accept written letters of recommendation directly from the student.

What if I have a question about an admission decision?

  1. Any applicant who wishes to inquire about or to appeal an admission decision made by the Counseling or School Psychology program at the Attallah College of Educational Studies may contact the program administrative assistant in writing at leath@chapman.edu. If the student wishes to submit a formal written grievance, this must be received by leath@chapman.edu within 10 days of admissions decision. Once the written grievance has been received it will be forwarded to the program coordinator, who will review documentation with the admissions committee and respond in writing to the candidate.
  2. If the student wishes to further grieve the response, they may do so in writing to leath@chapman.edu within 10 days of grievance response. At this point, the applicant's file (including candidate’s application package and review scores) will be forwarded to the program coordinator and a meeting will be arranged with the applicant to review applicant documents and program decision.
  3. Should the applicant desire to file a formal grievance, a written appeal should be sent within five working days to the Attallah College Associate Dean of Graduate Education or Dean. The Associate Dean or Dean will confer with the applicant and meet with the program coordinator and faculty if appropriate. Within 10 business days of meeting with the Associate Dean or Dean, the applicant will receive a formal written statement indicating the college’s decision.

How do I receive more information?

The Attallah College of Educational Studies offers monthly graduate information sessions. These sessions are great opportunities to obtain further information about the program and meet with the program coordinator.

To request further information about Chapman University's Graduate Programs, please complete the form at the link below so that the Office of Graduate Admission can send you more information about life as a Panther.
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Contact Us

Dr. Amy Jane Griffiths
Program Coordinator
(714) 744-7988

Hilary Anderson
Administrative Coordinator
(714) 744-2142

Information Sessions

To learn more about the Attallah College School Counseling graduate program, please register for an Information Session. 
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Student Spotlight

“Chapman University’s School Counseling program is highly sought out because of its reputation for producing well-trained professionals with a passion for school counseling. This program has prepared me for the ever-changing counseling profession.”

- Laura Liegler ’18