California State University–Northridge

Department of Educational Psychology & Counseling

About the Program

Last Updated: 
November 10, 2011

The Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling is a recognized leader in preparing students for highly effective, ethical, and satisfying careers as professional therapists, counselors, and educators working with individuals, families, and diverse populations in private practice, public schools, social agencies, community colleges and universities, hospitals, career development, and related areas. Our faculty members are leading, internationally recognized experts in their fields who are here at Cal State Northridge because they enjoy working directly with students. The reputation of our high-quality programs attracts outstanding students who truly want to make a difference in the lives of others. Programs in marriage and family therapy, career counseling, college counseling/student services, and school counseling are nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The School Psychology program is accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

Program Overview

Program Administrator: 
Dr. Shari Tarver-Behring (chair)
Department Emphasis: 
Area Percentage
  Family Therapy55%
  School Counseling20%
  Human Development15%
  School Psychology5%
  College Counseling3%
  Career Counseling2%
Campus Enrollment: 
Programs Options: 

Graduate Program

Dr. Stan Charnofsky (head)
Courses Offered: 
  • School-Family Interpersonal Relations
  • Field Work in Development & Learning in Early Childhood
  • Fundamentals of Counseling & Guidance
  • Educational Statistics for Research &Measurement
  • Individual & Group Assessment
  • Research Principles
  • Seminar in Adult Development
  • Human Development: A Life-Span Perspective
  • Advanced Study in Child & Adolescent Development
  • Education of Infant Parent Dyads with Special Needs
  • Individual & Group Work with Families in Early Childhood Programs
  • Issues, Theories, & Current Practices in Early Childhood
  • Developmental & Learning Problems in Early Childhood
  • Language & Concept Development in the Early School Years
  • Foundations of Developmental Curriculum for Early Childhood
  • Comparative Early Childhood Education & Care
  • Infant Development, Care & Education: Issues, Programs, Directions
  • Fieldwork in Early Childhood
  • Counseling in Cross-Cultural Settings
  • Applied Child Development for Parent & Child Educators
  • Assessment & Intervention with Child & Family in Various Settings
  • Laboratory in Parent-Child Assessment & Intervention
  • Consultation with Parents, Teachers & Other Human Service Professionals
  • Laboratory in Consulting with Parents, Teachers & other Professionals
  • Practicum in Parent-Child Consultation
  • The Counselor in the Community
  • Family Law
  • Counseling Adolescents
  • Seminar in Counseling Theory & Practice
  • Seminar in Child Counseling
  • Seminar in Group Counseling
  • Group Counseling Laboratory
  • Counseling Practicum: (Communication
  • Skills)
  • Fieldwork in Counseling Services
  • Clinical & Psychometrics Assessment Techniques
  • Case Study of the Atypical Child
  • Family Counseling
  • Laws & Ethics for Counselors
  • Counseling & Chemical Dependency
  • Counseling Couples in Relationships
  • Directed Graduate Research
  • Directed Comprehensive Studies
  • Thesis/Graduate Project
  • Independent Study

Master's Level

Program Options: 
  • Marriage & Family Therapy

MFT students are organized as cohort groups that meet either on Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-7 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. Classes are small with 10 students in practicum and fieldwork; 20 or fewer students in other courses.


Faculty at California State University–Northridge