The M.S. in Counseling degree is offered with high quality academic and clinical standards that is designed to prepare counselors with a broad background in mental health counseling and school counseling. It requires 90 quarter credits of academic work and 300 hours of counseling field experience. LPCC and PPS options can be singular specializations or dual specializations within the degree program. Students who do not complete both LPCC and PPS specializations must replace eliminated courses with advisor-approved electives.
LPCC Clinical Counselor License
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC) represent one of several mental health professions requiring California licensure to practice. Preparation requires successful completion of the M.S. degree in Counseling with supervised clinical training through-out. Following degree completion, a candidate must apply to the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) for approval as an LPCC Clinical Counselor Intern, complete a supervised clinical internship, and pass licensure examinations which are administered by the board.
PPS School Counseling Credential
The Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential in School Counseling qualifies individuals to work as California K-12 public school counselors. Candidates must pass the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) before a credential is granted by the state.
Possible Careers: Students enrolled in the counseling degree program may choose to specialize as Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC) for work in environments such as community mental health agencies, career centers, recovery programs, legal systems, educational institutions, churches, medical facilities, or in private practice. Students may also choose to specialize as school counselors by completing the requirements for the Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential in order to qualify for work as K-12 counselors in California public schools. Two hundred LPCC hours can count toward PPS elective hours.
- Culture, Socioeconomic Status and Therapy
- Foundations of Counseling and Psychotherapy
- Social Ecology of Individual and Family Development
- Psychopathology and Diagnostic Procedures
- Groups: Process and Practice
- Counseling Theory and Applications
- Exceptional and Medically Challenged Children
- 24 months
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- Minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0
- All official college transcripts received by LLU
- Health clearance, including TB testing
- Background check, including Live Scan
- Three letters of recommendation as specified
- Written personal statement with application
- Interview with three department faculty (Group interviews held in March and May)
- Applicants for whom English is not first language must present score for TOEFL as published in Loma Linda University Catalog
- Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must provide valid student visa
International42092 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 42092 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
National42092 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 42092 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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