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Attallah College of Educational Studies

» M.A. in Counseling and Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling

Attallah College’s Master of Arts in Counseling and Pupil Personnel Services Credential 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 consulting with teachers and parents.

Chapman’s master’s in counseling curriculum is built on the American School Counselor Association’s National Model of School Counseling as well as the counseling and school psychology (CSP) programs’ 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

Chapman’s school counseling program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).

Why Attallah College?

  • Enjoy the benefits of low student-to-faculty ratios due to our small class sizes
  • Comprehensive financial aid opportunities including tuition assistance and scholarships available 
  • Tailored support and personalized instruction for individual learning needs
  • Experiential and community-based learning that integrates coursework
  • Diverse multicultural and multilingual fieldwork placement settings 
  • A prestigious reputation that extends to state and national accreditation and recognition  

Our Students and Alumni

Chapman University Master of Arts in Counseling graduates are employed all across Southern California, including in these school districts:

  • Orange Unified School District
  • Santa Ana Unified School District 
  • Tustin Unified School District
  • Corona-Norco Unified School District
  • Capistrano Unified School District 
  • Riverside Unified School District 
  • Los Angeles Unified School District 

Our Research 

Alumni Highlight
Juan Moreno, MA '22
"The decision to attend Chapman's School Counseling program was easy. The program develops school counselors who are uniquely trained to meet the academic, social-emotional, and college and career readiness needs of all students. The faculty does an amazing job in creating a supportive, collaborative, and welcoming environment."
Alumni Highlight
Lauren Smith, MA '22
“I chose Chapman for the prestigious training and collaborative efforts given by the dedicated professors. My cohort is full of passionate people who create a trusting, community-based environment, and I am delighted to continue to work with my colleagues in the future to evoke positive change in students’ mental health and academic achievement.”
Alumni Highlight
Laura Liegler, MA '18
“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.”

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Application Deadlines

Chapman’s MA in Counseling and Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling admits a new cohort each fall.

Summer & Fall 2024 Applications

Priority Admission Deadline: January 5, 2024

Regular Admission Deadline: January 19, 2024

All application materials must be submitted by the priority deadline to receive full consideration for fellowships.