California State University–Fresno

Department of Counseling & Special Education

About the Program

Last Updated: 
January 01, 2009

The counselor education emphasis of the Department of Counseling and Special Education includes a variety of programs that lead to professional service in the counseling/human services professions. Students may pursue a 60-unit Master of Science in Counseling: option in Marriage and Family Therapy Degree (CACREP Approved) which fulfills the educational requirements for the California Marriage and Family Therapy license, a 60-unit Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling Degree (CORE Approved), a 48-unit Master of Science in Counseling Degree with emphases in School Counseling and Student Services Counseling in Higher Education. Additionally, students may pursue the California Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential for service in the pubic schools with authorization in counseling.

Program Overview

Program Administrator: 
Dr. Claire Sham Choy
Department Emphasis: 
Area Percentage
  Family Therapy50%
  Rehabilitation Counseling20%
  Higher Education Counseling15%
  School Counseling15%
Campus Enrollment: 
Programs Options: 

Graduate Program

Dr. Claire Sham Choy
Courses Offered: 
  • Laws Relating to Children
  • Introduction to Counseling
  • Counseling and Mental Health
  • Topics in Counseling
  • Seminar in Multicultural Aspects of Counseling
  • Seminar in Group Counseling
  • Seminar in Assessment in Counseling
  • Counseling Through the Lifespan
  • Practicum in Counseling
  • Seminar in Sexuality Counseling
  • Student Development Theory and Higher Education
  • Seminar in Career Development Theory
  • Seminar in Career Counseling: Methods and Materials
  • Seminar in Marriage and Family Therapy Theories
  • Seminar in Ethics and Professional Practices of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Psychopathology and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
  • Seminar in Therapeutic Methods with Children, Adolescents, and Their Families
  • Contemporary Issues in MFT
  • Sexuality in Human Relationships
  • Violence in Intimate Relationships
  • Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Consultation
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Practicum in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Field Placement in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Seminar in Counseling of Exceptional Children and Their Parents
  • Seminar in Organization of Counseling Services
  • Seminar on Parent Education, Pupil Advocacy, and Consulting
  • Field Practice in Elementary School Counseling
  • Field Practice in Middle or High School Counseling
  • Field Practice in Student Services
  • Seminar in Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Medical Aspects of Disability
  • Job Placement in the Rehabilitation Process
  • Psychological and Social Aspects of Disability
  • Case Practices in Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Rehabilitation Counseling Practicum
  • Current Professional Issues in Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Rehabilitation of the Severely Disabled
  • Internship in Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Advanced Topics in Counseling
  • Project

Master's Level

Program Options: 
  • Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Counseling & Student Services
  • Rehabilitation Counseling

Master's programs in counseling have strong emphasis in practical application. The department has its own freestanding MFT clinic in the community that is operated in conjunction with a local school district. Rehabilitation students gain experience in various community and grant supported settings. School and Higher Education students serve in the public schools and local IHEs.


Faculty at California State University–Fresno