Student Outcomes

School Counseling

Department of Counseling & Marital and Family Therapy

Our Students

Students in our school counseling program include individuals planning to counsel students in schools or agencies serving the K-12 population. Our students often have a background in psychology or other social sciences. Click here to view our student profiles.

Student Outcomes Data

Graduates of the M.A. in Counseling Program – School Counseling specialization fulfill the requirements to earn a Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPS) from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Counseling candidates completing the 63-unit School Counseling concentration are eligible for licensure with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences as licensed professional clinical counselors (LPCCs). No matter their plans, our students can count on the advice and support of our Counseling faculty and our Career Services counselors for assistance with next steps.Valuable information on licensure pathways can be found on the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences website. We take pride in preparing our students for success in their profession, as shown by the data in Figure 1 and Table 1.

Figure 1. University of San Diego 2014 School Counseling Program - Student Outcomes Data

Table 1. USD SOLES School Counseling Program - Student Outcomes Data

Number of 2014-2015 Graduates Cohort Completion Rate1 CAPPS Credential Exam Pass Rate2 Job Placement Rate3
23 91% 100% 81%

1Note: Cohort completion rates are calculated based on the advertised program length for full time and part time candidates.

2Note: CA PPS Credential Exam Pass Rate

3Note: Job placement rates are based on 2015 Alumni Survey Data and refer to alumni employment attained within 6 months of graduation.

Alumni Outcomes

Read on for a list of some of the jobs our alumni hold and some of the organizations at which they are employed.

Alumni Job Titles

  • Professional Elementary School Counselor
  • Professional Middle School Counselor
  • Professional High School Counselor
  • Social Emotional Learning Coordinator
  • School Liaison with Mental Health Professionals
  • Student Support Services Professional

Sample List of Employers

  • Cajon Valley School District
  • Poway Unified School District
  • San Diego Unified School District
  • High Tech High Cluster
  • Epiphany Charter School
  • Army and Navy Academy
  • Juvenile Court and Community Schools
  • King Chavez Charter High School
  • Springall Academy