Master of Science in Counseling
Option in School Counseling and Pupil Personnel Services School Counseling Credential
A 3 to 5 page (typed, double-spaced, 12-point font, 1” margins) personal statement is required. This statement should reflect a clear, focused, and comprehensive profile of you as a person and a prospective professional school counselor. Pages should be numbered and your name included as a header or footer on each page. Organize your statement into 4 sections using the following headings:
Describe your educational, work, volunteer, and pertinent life experiences. Discuss interpersonal relations, interests, and special skills you possess that you believe will enhance your work as a professional school counselor. Describe the experiences, people, and information that have influenced your decision to select the school counseling profession as your career goal. Also describe how your family, friends, education, work, and leisure have contributed to your being a desirable candidate for entrance into the school counseling profession.
School Counselor Role
Describe your perception of a school counselor’s role and responsibilities. Discuss relationships with other disciplines as well as activities you expect to be doing as a school counselor.
Strengths and Areas for Development
Describe yourself candidly in terms of your emotional, social, and intellectual growth. Discuss both strengths and limitations, including plans for addressing areas identified for development.
Comment on your reactions to the mission of the College of Education. Describe which aspects are particularly meaningful to you and why.
Describe where you see yourself five years from now, after you have graduated from the CSULB School Counseling Program. Where will you be working? What will your role(s) be? What impact will you have made in your profession?