School Counseling Students


Program Pathways

All students will complete the core counseling curriculum with an option to specialize in the following areas. Pathways are recommended for timely program completion. 

As of Fall 2019, students beginning counseling programs are advised to plan their courses according to the pathways posted below: 

Effective Fall 2019: MA School Counseling Combo Pathway

Effective Fall 2019: MA School Counseling K-12 Pathway

Effective Fall 2019: MA School Counseling College Pathway

Effective Fall 2019: PPS Credential Pathway

Students who began counseling programs before Fall 2019 are advised to plan their courses according to the pathways posted below: 

K-12 Counseling Emphasis with PPS Credential (48 UNITS) + 600 Fieldwork hours

College Counseling Emphasis (48 UNITS) + 400 Fieldwork Hours

K-12 Counseling with PPS & College Counseling Emphasis (54 UNITS) + 600 Fieldwork Hours

PPS Credential Only Pathway

Fieldwork Requirements

Fieldwork experiences are an important and required part of the University of Redlands’ School Counseling program. Candidates will engage in practical, relevant, and meaningful fieldwork experiences across academic, career, and social emotional domains of development. Fieldwork is a candidate’s opportunity to observe the workings of fieldwork sites, apply the knowledge gained in the classroom, and continue to develop a style as a school and/or college counselor. Fieldwork experiences also provide candidates with evaluative feedback on knowledge, attitudes, and skills regarding their development as a school and/or college counselor.

During fieldwork, candidates are expected to become involved in direct student services such as individual and group counseling, core curriculum lessons, and academic advising sessions. Additionally, candidates are expected to engage in indirect services such as making referrals and collaboration or consultation with other stakeholders in the school and community. Overall, candidates are expected to assume a broad spectrum of school and/or college counseling functions. As much as possible, candidates are asked to participate in work activities that are similar to those of the Site Supervisor.

For more information regarding fieldwork, visit the School Counseling Fieldwork page or consult the Fieldwork Handbook.


Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE)

The comprehensive exam is an exit examination required of all counseling students at the University of Redlands. The purpose of the exam is to assess the student's knowledge of counseling to ensure minimum competence in the field. The Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE) will provide collective feedback that can be used by the program in developing/adapting curriculum.

Given the nature of the examination, it is best to take the CPCE as close to graduation as possible. Students are encouraged to take the CPCE in their 5th term if seeking a master’s degree and in their 2nd term if they are seeking a PPS credential only.

The CPCE will be administered at the University of Redlands (on the main campus) three times yearly. Students who have failed an examination and do not want to wait until the next administration of it at the University of Redlands can work with the designated Assistant Director of Academic Advising in the Office of Student Success (OSS) to arrange an individualized date at one of the Pearson Examination Centers. The cost associated, however, at off-site testing centers differs from the cost associated with the University of Redlands main campus CPCE test administration.

The designated Assistant Director of Academic Advising can help with the registration process for the CPCE. Students must register a minimum of one month prior to the administration date of the exam.

Additional information is available in the Program Handbook.

Program Handbooks

Requirements for the School Counseling programs range from 48-54 units. Each emphasis has a fieldwork requirement in which students are required to accumulate 400-600 fieldwork hours, depending on the chosen emphasis. See below for specifics within the respective handbook. 

Fall 2019 Counseling Handbook

Fall 2018 Counseling Handbook

Fall 2017 Counseling Handbook