Charter College of Education, Division of Special Education and Counseling

Division of Special Education and Counseling

The Division of Special Education and Counseling at California State University, Los Angeles offers graduate programs of study leading to a variety of undergraduate/graduate degrees, credentials and certificates/added authorizations.

Preparation is offered for teachers, counselors, school psychologists and specialists in special education, counseling, rehabilitation, and related services. A doctoral program in Special Education is offered jointly with UCLA for those seeking preparation to teach at the university level and to serve in other leadership roles. In addition to on-campus preparation programs, a number of special education, school counseling and school psychology internship programs are available through cooperative programs jointly implemented by many school districts and the division.

Graduate Programs
The graduate programs in Special Education provides both a Master of Arts degree with 11 options and a Doctor of Philosophy degree. The graduate program in Counseling provides a Master of Science degree with four different options. These include Applied Behavior Analysis, School-Based Family Counseling, School Psychology and Rehabilitation Counseling. 

Undergraduate Programs
The program offers a Bachelor of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Services. This program trains students for employment in a variety of rehabilitation-oriented settings, and also prepares students to pursue graduate work in a variety of counseling specialties.

Cal State LA also offers an undergraduate blended major option in Urban Learning that provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree along with requirements for the Education Specialist (Special Education) internship teaching credential. The Urban Learning major is supported by a depth area in social sciences that focuses on diversity and a choice of either an education minor to prepare students to teach in elementary schools or an education specialist minor for teachers working as interns in special education settings

Federally funded traineeships are available in some areas of study. In addition, many scholarships are provided through the Division of Special Education and Counseling and the Charter College of Education.

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For further information, contact the

Division of Special Education and Counseling,
King Hall C 1064, by phone 323.343.4400



Monday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday CLOSED



Dr. Leila Ricci Interim Division Chair
Dr. Elina Saeki Interim Associate Chair
Jennifer Hua Administrative Support Coordinator
Vicki Kim Administrative Support Assistant II
Jeffrey Matsuura Administrative Support Assistant II
Darielle Perez Student Assistant


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