2021-2022 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. Robert Mehalik


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 or 41
Building a Sense of Community
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar
ENG 101  English Composition I (or any approved Comp menu course)
Public Speaking
EDU 350  Supporting English Language Learners (or any approved Public Speaking menu course)
Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy
MAT 120  Elementary Topics I (or any approved Math and QL menu course)
Health and Wellness
HSC 250  Health and Physical Education for PreK-4  (or any approved Health and Wellness menu course)
Technological Literacy
EDU 333  Technology in Teaching and Learning (or any approved Tech Lit menu course)
ESP 210  Special Education Foundation and Collaboration (or any approved Humanities menu course)
Fine Arts
MUS/ART/THE 372  Creative Arts for PreK-Grade 4 (or any approved Fine Arts menu course)
Natural Sciences
Select one of the following:
  • BIO 103  Contemporary Issues in Biology
  • EAS 100  Intro to Earth Science
  • ENS 101  Intro to Environmental Science
  • PHS 120  Basic Physical Science with Lab
  • Any approved Natural Sciences menu course with lab 
3 or 4
Social Sciences
GEO 102  Geographic Systems (1 credit)  AND  POS 102  American Government for Elementary Education (1 credit)  AND  ECO 102  Economics for Elementary Education (1 credit) (or any approved Social Sciences menu course)
Ethics and Multicultural Awareness Emphasis
CHD 350  Family and Community Collab. Part.
General Education Options
  • Approved American/British Literature Course
  • MAT 130  Elementary Topics II (or any approved Math and QL menu course)
  • HIS 101  U.S. History to 1877  OR  HIS 102  U.S. History since 1877 (or any approved History menu course)
Required Major Courses 33
PSE 200  Intro to Professional Studies in Education 3
ELE 220  Instruction and Assessment in PreK 3
ELE 221  Instruction and Assessment in K-4 3
CHD 250  Health and Physical Education Methods for PreK-Grade 4 3
ELE 300  Emerging Literacy 3
ELE 310  Teaching PreK STEAM 3
CHD 400  Issues, Advocacy and Leadership 3
ELE 410  Field Experience PreK-4 3
CHD 412  Field Experience with Diverse Populations 3
CHD 322  Professional Education Internship (x2) 6
Minor Courses* 18 to 24
Free Electives 18 to 29
Student-Selected Undergraduate Free Electives (300/400 level) 6 to 17
CED 789  Intro to Clinical Mental Health Counseling (offered fall only)** 3
CED 702  Counseling Theory (offered fall, spring, every other summer)** 3
CED 705  Developmental Group Counseling (offered fall, spring, every other summer)** 3
CED 720  Cross-cultural Counseling (offered fall, spring, every other summer)** 3
Total 121

Additional requirements not counted toward the General Education requirements and included in this program are:

  • Special Experience Course (1 course required): EDE 322 Internship
  • Writing-Intensive Component Courses (2 courses required): CHD 350 Family and Community Collab. Partnerships AND EDE 322 Internship
  • Laboratory Course (1 course required): Approved Natural Science Course with Lab

* In consultation with your adviser, choose one minor from the university approved minors list.

** Must have earned 90 credits, have a 3.0 GPA and have been admitted to the graduate school counseling program to register for courses.

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.
  • PSE 200 requires a 2.0 GPA and current clearances. CHD/ELE 200 and ELE 220 require a 2.0 GPA and current clearances; all other ELE, CHD and ESP courses require current clearances and a minimum 2.5 GPA to register.
  • 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 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 American/British literature courses: ENG 107, 125, 127, 148, 150, 155, 160, 203, 301, 302, 337, 338 and HON 250. (HON 250 has a pre-requisite of HON 150; the 300-level ENG courses have pre-requisites of ENG 101 and 102.)

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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