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Throughout time there have always been individuals who have counseled others. For our purposes, counseling refers to a profession whose primary purpose is to help individuals improve the overall quality of their lives, both intrapersonally as well as interpersonally.

That is, counselors and therapists are professionally trained to teach clients how to effectively manage difficult areas of their lives, which may include difficulties first encountered in childhood, adolescence, and/or adulthood. Our counseling program offers three post-graduate degrees. In addition to a master of arts degree (M.A.) in counseling, we offer two specialist in education (Ed.S.) degrees: school psychology and educational psychology. Click here for an index with links to more specific information on our programs.

Counseling

Counselors are trained to work under appropriate supervision in a variety of settings including mental health centers/clinics, psychiatric hospitals, social service agencies, government bodies/agencies, and private practice settings. Counselors are often involved in such areas as intake assessment evaluations, crisis intervention, individual and/or group counseling, individual/group testing, and/or research. Such a degree may also be of interest to higher education counselors, residence hall supervisors, classroom teachers, administrators, and youth workers.

School Psychology

School psychologists are trained to assist students with various psychological, social, and behavioral needs as well as learning and motivational problems. In addition, school psychologists assist teachers and families with developing and/or providing optimal academic and/or psychosocial support systems for students who need such assistance. Thus, school psychologists attempt to focus their efforts on making the educational experience of students as positive, productive, and rewarding as possible.

School psychologists must be certified and/or licensed by the state in which they practice. They can also seek national certification by the National School Psychology Certification Board (NSPCB); however, not all states accept national certification.

The PPS in School Psychology prepares students for the following occupation:

Educational Psychology

One of the primary goals of an educational psychologist is to focus on how to make teaching and learning as effective as possible not only in the classroom but in other institutional settings as well. Educational psychologists consider many variables in the above process to include personal ability and motivation as well as cultural, ethnic, and socio-economic influences. Oftentimes, such persons are actively involved in research to examine more effective and productive ways to learn, remember, create, problem-solve, and apply information.

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Dr. Dora Clarke-Pine
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(951) 785-2334
dclarkep@lasierra.edu

Jasmine Gutierrez
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(951) 785-2267
edpc@lasierra.edu

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Counselors and therapists are professionally trained to teach clients how to effectively manage difficult areas of their lives, including difficulties first encountered in childhood, adolescence, and/or adulthood. The Department of School Psychology and Counseling helps you prepare for a career in educational and psychological services, helping people improve the overall quality of their lives.

Career Opportunities

  • School Psychologist
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Researcher
  • School Counselor
  • Classroom teacher
  • Administrator
  • Residence hall supervisor
  • Youth worker

La Sierra University was much different than previous graduate programs and colleges I had attended. My time spent at La Sierra University gave me more than professional success; it added personal fulfillment and growth."

Paige Sautner, 2008 ED.S., School Psychology
ProgramTypeUnits to complete beyond Bachelor'sUnits to complete beyond MastersUnits to complete beyond Ed.S.
CounselingM.A.45 qtr units
Counseling LPCC TrackM.A.45 qtr units
Educational PsychologyEd.S.90 qtr units45 qtr units
School PsychologyEd.S.90 qtr units45 qtr units
Educational PsychologyEd.D.132 qtr units87 qtr units42 qtr units
Educational Psychology - Mental HealthEd.D.132 qtr units87 qtr units42 qtr units
School PsychologyEd.D.132 qtr units87 qtr units42 qtr units
School Psychology - BCBAEd.D.132 qtr units87 qtr units42 qtr units
ProgramTypeUnits to Complete the program
PPS in School PsychologyCredential35

Program Descriptions

Degree Programs MA

This is an elective program, which may stand alone as a M.A. in Counseling degree (with an option to work towards becoming a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor) or be used to work towards an Ed.S. in School Psychology and fulfill the first year of this two year program (with an option to work towards becoming a School Psychologist with a PPS Credential in School Psychology). If wanting to work towards a PPS in School Counseling at the master’s level, the University has a collaboration with the University of California at Riverside (i.e., the extension program) to assist in this process. This report discusses just the M.A. in Counseling as a stand-alone degree. Read more.

This is a M.A. in Counseling degree with an option to work towards becoming a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) through the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS). Read more.

Degree Programs EDD & EDS

This is an elective program, which will assist a person in working towards becoming a researcher and/or teacher at higher educational and research institutions. Read more.

This is an elective program, which will assist a person in working towards becoming a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) through the Board of Behavioral Sciences in California. Read more.

This is an elective program, which will give a person on option on becoming a credentialed school psychologist through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). Read more.

This is an elective program, which will give a person on option on becoming a credentialed school psychologist through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTS) as well as a credentialed behavioral analyst through the Behavioral Analyst Certification Board (BACB). Read more.

This degree is a non-credential elective program which provides advanced preparation for educational generalists, teachers in all disciplines, administrators, college instructors who are desiring a professional educational background, and especially to practitioners aspiring toward clinical and/or research applications. Read more.

This degree provides all the elements specified by the state of California for the Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential with an authorization in school psychology. Read more.

Credential Program PPS

This program provides the courses required by the state of California for the PPS Credential with an authorization in school psychology.
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Paying for College

The Student Financial Services office is here to help with financial aid processes. The staff also keeps up to date on scholarships that could benefit La Sierra students.

Choosing Classes

First-year students meet with their academic coach/advisor each week for their first two quarters. Then they are assigned an advisor from their major department who will help them choose the classes they need to complete their program.

Beyond Class

A lot of learning takes place outside of the classroom. The Division of Student Life is headquarters for student government, activities, organizations, spiritual life, and much more to enhance your college experience.

Career Center

We want you to find a good job after you finish your degree at La Sierra. A new Career Center, located in the Zapara School of Business, is expected to open before the end of fall quarter.

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