Educational Counseling

Admission Requirements*

Step 1: BA or BS Degree

Complete a Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 3.0 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from an accredited university (Under special circumstances, provisional admission may be granted for applicants who do not meet this criteria.  If provisionally admitted, a student must maintain a minimum of 3.0 graduate GPA after 12 or more quarter units are completed). 

Step 2: CBEST (School Counseling/PPS only)

Obtain passing scores on the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST). CBEST registration, test information, and test preparation materials are available on the CBEST Web site:

Step 3: Statistics

Successful completion of an undergraduate statistics class within 7 years of application to the program with a grade of "C" or higher. 

Step 4: Mandatory Reporter Educator Training

Step 5: Certificate of Clearance

Evidence of Fingerprint Clearance from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). Provide a copy of a valid Certificate of Clearance, valid sub-permit or a California Credential.”


Step 6: Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) 

All graduate students who apply for a master's degree must demonstrate upper-division writing competency. If you received your undergraduate degree from a college or university other than a CSU or a UC, you must show proof that you have satisfied this requirement. For more information about the GWAR, or to see if you are eligible to waive this requirement, visit

Step 7: University Application for Graduate Study

Submit a Graduate Admission Application to CSUB’s Office of Admissions and Records. On Part B of the application, designate code 08261 for School Counseling, 08051 for Student Affairs, and 802 for PPS only. The application may be submitted online at:

Step 8: Counseling Program Application

Submit a completed Counseling Program Admissions Application, to the Admissions Advisor in the Credential Office:

California State University, Bakersfield
Attn: Julia Bavier
9001 Stockdale Hwy.
Bakersfield, Ca. 93311-1022

Application deadlines are:

  • Fall Semester - April 15, 2019**

Application Checklist 

Step 9: Check the Status of your University and EDCS Program Application

You may check your admissions status online at myCSUB. You will receive an email from CSUB Admissions and Records acknowledging receipt of your application along with your specific CSUB ID number and login instructions. Pay particular attention to any outstanding "To-do" list items that you need to complete.

Step 10:  EDCS Program Admission Interview

Applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview.

 *These are MINIMUM requirements for admission - meeting them DOES NOT GUARANTEE program admission. Additional factors, notably budgetary constraints, may affect admissions decisions.

**2019 Fall Semester ONLY