MS in Counseling for K-12 Schools

This degree prepares compassionate professionals to provide counseling and support services for K-12 grade level students.

You’ll also have the option to add the Child Welfare and Attendance specialization that offers 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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Quick Facts

Program Units
Average Duration
  • 3 years
  • 1 additional course and fieldwork for Child Welfare and Attendance Specialization
  • In-person, Cohort
  • Courses meet consecutively once a week at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Summer courses meet twice weekly
Course Availability

Fall and Spring 15-week semesters with 8-week Summer sessions

  • Thousand Oaks
  • Oxnard
Program Costs


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Start Term

  • Fall

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Where Our Alumni Work

  • California Community Colleges
  • Central Valley Unified School District
  • Conejo Valley Unified School District
  • Fillmore Unified School District
  • Hueneme Unified School District
  • Lancaster Unified School District
  • Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Moorpark Unified School District
  • Oxnard School District
  • Oxnard Union High School District
  • Santa Barbara Unified School District
  • Santa Paula Unified School District
  • Simi Valley Unified School District
  • Ventura Unified School District

Child Welfare and Attendance Specialization

Current students and alumni of the Pupil Personnel Services program may obtain this optional specialization.

This course emphasizes school, home, and community factors contributing to school attendance, related laws, and intervention programs designed to enhance attendance and school safety.

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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