Counselor Education Programs

Cal Lutheran’s M.S. in Counseling and College Student Personnel and M.S. in Counseling and Pupil Personnel Services with PPS Credential offer a relevant and engaging academic program known for developing exceptional, culturally proficient counselors throughout California and beyond. 

An ideal fit for talented, motivated professionals aspiring to counsel in academic environments, our program uses the cultural proficiency framework to help students take an inside-out approach to understanding who they are and how their identities inform how they work with others and in organizations across differences.  

Convenient evening classes


Average duration 2 ½ years

48-49 units

Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters

Pupil Personnel Services

Gain the experience you need to provide individualized counseling to and advocacy for students in K-12 schools. The PPS Credential in School Counseling is required for working in K-12 schools as a counselor. 

In the PPS program, you'll gain expertise in school counseling with the option to add the Child Welfare and Attendance specialization for additional training in working with those students most at-risk for school failure. After completion, you will be eligible for the Clear Pupil Personnel Services Credential offered by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. 

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College Student Personnel

Ideal for individuals who are interested in careers in student affairs or student services in community colleges or four-year colleges and universities.

The CSP program is designed to provide the necessary knowledge and skills for competent student affairs professionals who are able to counsel and support college students’ educational goals. Incorporating an integrated curriculum that supports professional development, students will understand the dynamics affecting college students and engage in the dialogue surrounding critical higher education issues.


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I was inspired to pursue my M.S. in Counseling for K-12 Schools because I have a passion for helping students. I have always worked with students and youth and wanted to be able to help many more by guiding them through their educational journey. Cal Lutheran seemed like the perfect fit since the program had small classes which allowed me to create relationships and bond with classmates and professors.

Fatima Hernandez