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The Master of Arts in School Counseling with a California pupil personnel services (PPS) credential prepares you to work as a credentialed school counselor in a public school setting and requires a minimum of 59 units of coursework in the advanced component listed below. A sequence of courses is determined by the program director. In addition to the 59 units, there are four prerequisites.

Curriculum includes both academic classroom training and applied field experience with children and adolescents in schools and other agencies. The program also offers a flexible schedule to meet your needs, whether you’re a returning, part-time professional, or traditional, full-time student. Graduates are encouraged to become student advocates and engage in social action to ensure all students equitable access to counseling and guidance.


  • Small class sizes
  • Experienced and highly rated university faculty
  • Blended schedule with courses in class and online
  • Includes both academic classroom training and applied field experience
  • Our grads are sought by top districts

Career opportunities

The PPS credential provides eligibility to work as a school counselor in the California public school system grades PK-12.

Program director

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Dena Fiori, Ed.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor, Program Director, School Counseling


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Jonathan Gage, Ed.D.

Pupil Personnel Services Program Director, Bakersfield, Clinical Assistant, School of Education

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Eileen M. Whelan, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Associate Professor, Education, Program Director, School Psychology

Admission requirements

*One to two typed pages providing a statement of career goals and a description of how participation in the graduate program will contribute to your growth and development of these goals.

**Candidates must bring unofficial transcripts from all universities/colleges attended to interview with program director. 



  • Introduction to Statistics
  • General Psychology
  • Child Growth and Development
  • Introduction to Counseling Theories

Course listing

Required Courses

PPC 700Comprehensive School Counseling and Guidance3
PPC 703Prevention and Intervention for Achievement3
PPC 707Organizational Systems and Program Development3
PPC 791Practicum in School Counseling1
PPC 792Supervised Field Experience
Students need 6 units total
1 - 6
PPS 704Counseling Applications in School Settings3
PPS 705Family-School Collaboration and Consultation3
PPS 708Counseling for Diversity3
PPS 710Assessment and Measurement3
PPS 712Laws and Ethics3
PPS 713Safe School Environments3
PPS 714Practicum in Group Process3
PPS 715Leadership and Change3
PPS 717Seminar in Behavior Pathology in Schools3
PPC 702AAcademic Planning2
PPC 702BCareer Planning2
PPP 771Behavioral Research Methods in Education3

Master of Arts Core

ED 779Values in School and Society3
PPS 777ATopical Review of Education Research3
PPS 777BField Based Research1 - 3