California State University–Los Angeles

Division of Special Education and Counseling
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Students have the opportunity to earn the Masters of Science degree in Counseling: Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling (MFCC) Option. This Masters degree satisfies the academic requirement for the California State Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) License, which also requires 3000 hours of supervised experience, at least 1700 of which must be completed after earning the Masters degree. Imbedded in this Masters degree is all the coursework necessary to earn the California State Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential in School Counseling with the Advanced Authorization in Child Welfare and Attendance (CWA). The PPS credential provides the qualifications necessary to work as a school counselor in grades K-12 in the public schools. The CWA authorization is necessary in many school districts in order to work in the Pupil Services and Attendance (PSA) divisions. The School Based Family Counseling Program is designed to prepare students with the clinical skills of an independent marriage and family therapist and the wide range of competencies of an effective school counselor. Students learn to work with families and children from a variety of systems-oriented perspectives in a variety of environments. The SBFC option recognizes that the two most important sources of influence in a child's life are the family and the school. When a child is having behavioral or academic difficulties in school, efforts are focused on strategies to develop a collaborative effort between the family and school to maximize the academic and social success of the child. School Based Family Counselors work to increase parental involvement in children's educational process in efforts to assist the child to become successful in school and in the community.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Michael J. Carter (coordinator)
Department Emphasis
  • 50% Marriage, Family & Child Counseling
  • 50% School Psychology
Program Options
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032
United States

Phone Number
323-343-4250
Graduate Program
Graduate Courses Offered
  • The Psychosocial Dynamics of Child Maltreatment and Family Violence
  • Lifespan Human Development
  • Behavioral Counseling and Self-Management
  • Measurement Issues in Counseling
  • Medical Factors in Rehabilitation
  • Developmental Self Exploration
  • Career Counseling for Adults
  • Job Development and Work Evaluation
  • Counseling Theories
  • Laws Relating to the Child and Family
  • Counseling Older Adults
  • Fundamentals of Counseling
  • Conferences with Parents/Primary Caregivers
  • Behavior Management Using Reinforcement in Classrooms
  • Problems in Guidance
  • Seminar: Rehabilitation Services
  • Field Work in Rehabilitation Services
  • Undergraduate Directed Study
  • Theoretical and Developmental Aspects of Behavior
  • Behavior Analysis in School, Home, and Agency Settings
  • Advanced Behavioral Contingency Management in Schools
  • Sociological and Cultural Factors in Counseling
  • Advanced Topical Study in Application of
  • Behavior Analysis to Education
  • Practicum: Counseling
  • Individual Counseling Strategies
  • Individual Clinical Counseling
  • Counseling Students in Higher Education
  • Stress Counseling
  • Group Counseling & Practicum
  • Introduction to Family Evaluation and Counseling
  • Advanced Family and Marriage Counseling
  • Family Counseling with Children
  • Family Counseling Laboratory
  • Principles of Research and Program Evaluation in Counseling
  • Individual Testing and Case Study Techniques
  • Diagnosis of Learning Problems and Remedial Procedures
  • Psychological Testing Applied to Mentally, Physically Atypical
  • Methods of Personality Assessment
  • Alternative Assessment
  • Practicum: School-Based Consultation
  • Seminar: Methods of Diagnostic Assessment in Counseling
  • Foundations of Rehabilitation
  • Medical Aspects of Disability
  • Counseling and Human Sexuality
  • Career Education and Guidance in Schools
  • Seminar: Pupil Personnel Services
  • Preventive Counseling Seminar: School Psychology
  • Supervised Field Experience in Pupil
  • Personnel Services
  • Higher Education Counseling
  • School Psychology Internship
  • School Counseling
  • Seminar: Higher Education Counseling
  • Supervised Practice in Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Supervised Practice in Rehabilitation/Career Counseling
  • Site Practicum in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling
  • Special Topics in Counselor Education
  • Supervised Field Experience in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Behavior Interventions for Severe Behavior Problems
  • Practicum: Staff Development and Consultation
  • Comprehensive Examination
  • Graduate Research
  • Graduate Directed Study
  • Thesis or Project Planning
  • Thesis or Project
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Marriage & Family Counseling
  • School Based Family Counseling
CFLE Information

NCFR recognizes schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with course work that follows the Standards and Criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). NCFR approval allows the school to offer their graduates the opportunity to apply for Provisional Certification using the Abbreviated Application process. The CFLE Checklist represents the courses that meet the CFLE criteria at that school. Students must complete all the courses on a checklist in order to qualify to apply for the CFLE designation through the Abbreviated Application process.