2020-2021 Academic Catalog

B.S. in Professional Studies in Education to M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies in Education (PSE) degree is designed for students who are interested in education but who are not seeking Pennsylvania teaching certification. Qualified undergraduate students in the PSE program may be eligible to participate in an accelerated B.S.-to-M.S. program, which enables them to take graduate courses that apply to both their bachelor's degree in PSE and (thereafter) a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. 

The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares students to work as professional counselors in a variety of behavioral health and social service settings.

Program Coordinator

Dr. Elizabeth Gruber


The following curriculum shows the requirements for completing the bachelor's degree under the accelerated B.S.-to-M.S. program. Additional graduate-level courses are required to complete the master's degree; refer to the graduate academic catalog for these requirements.

Course Credits
General Education Courses 40-41
BIO 103  Contemporary Issues in Biology  OR  EAS 100  Intro to Earth Science  OR  ENS 101  Intro to Environmental Science  OR  PHS 120  Basic Physical Science w/ Lab (or any approved Natural Science menu course) 3-4
CHD 350  Family and Community Collab. Part. 3
EDU 333  Technology in Teach and Learn (or any approved Tech Lit menu course) 3
EDU 350  Supporting English Language Learners 3
ENG 101  English Composition I 3
ENG ___  (Approved American/British Literature course) 3
ESP 210  Special Education Foundation and Collaboration 3
GEO 102  Geographic Systems  AND  POS 102  American Government for Elementary Education  AND  ECO 102  Economics for Elementary Education
HIS 101  U.S. History to 1877  OR  HIS 102  U.S. History since 1877 (or any approved History menu course) 3
Any approved Health and Wellness menu course 3
MAT 120  Elementary Topics I (or any approved Math & QL menu course) 3
MAT 130  Elementary Topics II (or any approved Math & QL menu course) 3
MUS 372  Creative Arts for PreK-Grade 4  OR  Art 372  OR THE 372 (or any approved Fine Arts menu course) 3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar
Required Major Courses 33
CHD 250  Health and PE for PreK-Grade 4 3
CHD 322  Professional Education Internship (x2) 6
CHD 400  Issues, Advocacy and Leadership 3
CHD 412  Field Experience with Diverse Populations 3
ELE 220  Instruction and Assessment in PreK 3
ELE 221  Instruction and Assessment in K-4 3
ELE 300  Emerging Literacy 3
ELE 310  Teaching Math/Science PreK 3
ELE 410  Field Experience PreK-4 3
PSE 200  Intro to Professional Studies in Education 3
Minor 18-24
Free Electives 18-29
CED 702  Counseling Theory 3
CED 705  Developmental Group Counseling 3
CED 720  Cross-cultural Counseling 3
CED 789  Intro to Clinical Mental Health Counseling 3
Additional 300- to 400-level courses 6-17
Total 121

Program Notes

  • The following courses need a grade of “C” or higher to pass: MAT 120, MAT 130, ENG 101, Am/Brit Lit course and all ELE, CHD or ESP courses.
  • ALL ELE, CHD, and ESP courses require current clearances and minimum 2.5 GPA to register.
  • Prerequisites for ELE 221 and all 300 level ELE courses are ELE 200 or PSE 200 and ELE 220.
  • 40% of courses (16 courses) must be 300 to 400 level.
  • At least one minor must be selected.
  • Internship application, training, and guidelines must be approved & completed a semester in advance of registration.
  • Internship: must take at least two (3) credit internships. Can repeat up to 12 credits. Consult your dept. adviser.

Approved British or American Literature Courses 

  • ENG 107  Introduction to Fiction
  • ENG 125  The American West
  • ENG 127  Woman as Hero
  • ENG 148  Horror in Literature
  • ENG 150  Baseball in Literature
  • ENG 155  Black Literature                                         
  • ENG 160  Introduction to British and American Literature
  • ENG 203  Great Books
  • ENG 301  English Literature I (pre-requisite ENG 101, 102)
  • ENG 302  English Literature II (pre-requisite ENG 101, 102)                
  • ENG 337  Survey of American Literature I (pre-requisite ENG 101, 102)
  • ENG 338  Survey of American Literature II (pre-requisite ENG 101, 102)
  • HON 250  Honors Comp II (pre-requisite HON 250)

Additional Requirements

Undergraduate students in the accelerated program may register for no more than 6 graduate credits in any one term, and in terms when a graduate course is registered, the student may not register for more than 18 total credits.

It is the student’s responsibility to apply and meet the qualifications of the graduate program portion of the accelerated program. Failure to follow through with enrollment in the accelerated graduate program will result in additional undergraduate credits to complete the bachelor’s degree, as outlined in the Undergraduate Credit for Graduate Courses policy.

Additional accelerated program requirements may be found at: https://www.calu.edu/inside/forms/_files/academic-affairs/accelerated-program-application.pdf

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