California Polytechnic and State University

GENERAL PROGRAM INFORMATION


Program name: Counseling and Guidance, Higher Education Counseling/Student Affairs

College:  College of Science & Mathematics

Department:  School of Education

Degrees and Emphases:
M.A. Higher Education Counseling/Student Affairs

PROGRAM STATEMENT

The Cal Poly Higher Education Counseling/Student Affairs program focuses on preparing qualified professionals for a variety of counseling and student affairs -related positions. The guiding tenet of our program is student success: for our graduate students, for the students they serve, and for those whom they will serve in the future.  The program offers a flexible opportunity for graduates to be working in various postsecondary settings and community programs.

The program has a strong counseling and helping professional emphasis. In addition to extensive practice during coursework focusing on these skills, students complete extensive internship experiences (minimum of 600 hours) in at least two different settings.

PROGRAM MISSION

The mission of the Counseling and Guidance graduate program is to prepare caring and culturally competent higher education counselors and student affairs professionals emphasizing student success for ALL. We embrace a polytechnic, “learn by doing” approach throughout the program. 

PROGRAM UNIQUENESS

  • Students are provided the opportunity to engage in student affairs related work experiences from the time of admission.  These opportunities include paid and unpaid positions in Student Life, First Year Orientation Programs, Academic Advising, Career Counseling and Residential Life, among others on campus and at nearby community colleges.
  • The curriculum emphasizes a “learn by doing” approach.
  • Professional development opportunities are made available through the Student Affairs Division on campus in addition to surrounding community colleges.

NATIONAL STANDARDS

Meets ACPA Professional Preparation Commission Standards: YES
Meets CAS Standards: YES

APPLICATION AND ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS


  • GPA: 3.0 in the last 90 quarter units of undergraduate degree (*conditional admittance possible)
  • Official Transcripts for all college work
  • Submission of applications via CSU Mentor (http://www.csumentor.edu/)
  • No GRE required
  • 3 Letters of recommendation
  • Current Resume
  • Response to program questionnaire
  • Phone or campus interviews for admission finalists 

CURRICULUM INFORMATION


Program Required Hours: 72 quarter credit units (equates to 48 semester units)

 The Counseling and Guidance program is divided into three developmental areas: Introduction, Foundation and Application.

The first area is Introduction and consists of three courses completed during the first quarter:

·      EDUC 586:  Introduction to Inquiry in Education (4)

·      EDUC 555:  Introduction to the Profession (4)

·      EDUC 562:  Higher Education Student Development (4)

The second area is Foundation and consists of eight courses completed during the second and third quarters:

·      EDUC 556:  Multicultural Counseling (4)

·      EDUC 557:  Career Counseling (4)

·      EDUC 560:  Counseling Theories (4)

·      EDUC 564:  Legal & Ethical Issues in Counseling (4)

·      EDUC 565:  Measurement & Assessment in Counseling (4)

·      EDUC 568:  Individual Counseling Techniques (4)

·      EDUC 588:  Education, Culture & Learning (4)

·      EDUC 589:  Research Methods in Education (4)

The third area is Application and consists of five courses and full time internship each quarter (approximately 20 hours per week at sites):

·      EDUC 561: Group Counseling (4)

·      EDUC 566: Leadership and Consultation in Counseling (4)

·      EDUC 587: Educational Foundations and Current Issues

·      EDUC 590: Research Applications in Education (4)

·      EDUC 573: Field Experience-Counseling (minimum of 12 units/4 per quarter)

Is a thesis required? No, students may either complete a Comprehensive Examination and a Culminating Project or the thesis to complete the program. 

STUDENT DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION

        Description of Students 2012-2013 Academic Year

Race/Ethnicity

Male

Female

Total

 

Asian or Pacific Islander

0

2

2

White

6

18

24

Hispanic

2

9

11

African American

0

0

0

PROGRAM FACULTY INFORMATION

 Rank, Status, Ethnicity, Gender

Faculty

Academic Rank

Program Status

Race/

Ethnicity

Gender

 

Jodi. D. Jaques, PhD.

The University of Virginia

Associate Professor

Full Time

White

Female

 

Steven Kane, PhD.

UCLA

Professor

Full Time

White

Male

 

Andrene Kaiwi-Lenting, M.A., Cal Poly

Lecturer

Part Time

Asian Pacific Islander

Female

 

Charlotte Rinaldi, M.A.

Cal Poly

Lecturer

Part Time

White

Female

 

Joy Harkins, PhD.

UCSB

Lecturer

Part Time

Asian Pacific Islander

Female

Roberta Herter, PhD

University of Michigan

Professor

Part Time

White

Female

Faculty

Academic Rank

Program Status

Race/

Ethnicity

Gender

 

Jodi. D. Jaques, PhD.

The University of Virginia

Associate Professor

Full Time

White

Female

 

Steven Kane, PhD.

UCLA

Professor

Full Time

White

Male

 

Andrene Kaiwi-Lenting, M.A., Cal Poly

Lecturer

Part Time

Asian Pacific Islander

Female

 

Charlotte Rinaldi, M.A.

Cal Poly

Lecturer

Part Time

White

Female

 

Joy Harkins, PhD.

UCSB

Lecturer

Part Time

Asian Pacific Islander

Female

Roberta Herter, PhD

University of Michigan

Professor

Part Time

White

Female

 

Last Updated: 10/1/2013