The Master of Arts in School Counseling with a California Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential authorizes you to work as a credentialed school counselor in a public-school setting. Our program requires a minimum of 50 units of coursework and 800 hours of field experience in a PK-12 setting. A sequence of courses is determined by the program director.
- Small class sizes
- Experienced university and adjunct faculty
- Blended schedule with courses in class and online
- Includes both academic classroom training and applied field experience
- Graduates from this program are highly sought out by top districts
- Accredited by the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, 1900 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, California 95814-4213
The PPS credential provides eligibility to work as a school counselor in the California public school system grades PK-12. To be employed as a school counselor, a student must complete the following:
- A master’s degree in School Counseling or a related area.
- Successful completion of the exit exam interview and portfolio review process.
- Complete practicum hours, field experience, exit exam, master’s degree and apply for the Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential in School Counseling.
Dena Fiori, Ed.D.
Jonathan Gage, Ed.D.
Eileen M. Whelan, Ph.D., BCBA-D
- Application form and fee
- Three reference forms
- Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
- Valid California credential or Certificate of Clearance
- Verification of current negative TB test (within last 12 months)
- CBEST test results (a minimum score of 100 will be accepted for admissions, however, to begin the field experience course PPC 740, a passing score of 123 or higher is required)
- Letter of explanation if GPA is under 3.00
- Interview with program director*
*Program applicants will be required to submit an impromptu writing sample of approximately one page at the time they are scheduled to meet with the program director for an interview. The sample of written expression will be part of the documentation required to determine candidate competence. If the students is judged by the Graduate Admission Committee to have writing deficiencies, they may be required to take a professional writing class.
Please Note: Students are required to obtain liability insurance through the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) during the first session of the program. Proof of liability insurance must be obtained by the program director prior to school site-based observations and field experience.
- Introduction to Statistics
- General Psychology
- Child Growth and Development
- Introduction to Counseling Theories
|PPC 730||Foundations of the School Counseling Profession||3|
|PPC 731||Social Emotional Development||3|
|PPC 732||Professionalism, Ethics, and Legal Mandates in School Counseling||3|
|PPC 733||Program Development and Core Curriculum||3|
|PPC 734||Prevention and Intervention||3|
|PPC 735||Academic Development||3|
|PPC 736||College and Career Development||3|
|PPC 737||Social Justice: Equity and Access||3|
|PPC 738||Mental Health Counseling||3|
|PPC 739||Student Supports||3|
|PPC 740||Field Experience in School Counseling I||2|
|PPC 741||Field Experience in School Counseling II||3|
|PPC 742||Field Experience in School Counseling III||3|
|PPP 771||Experimental Design and Behavioral Research||3|
Master of Arts Core
|PPC 743||Qualitative Research I||3|
|PPC 744||Qualitative Research II||1|
|PPC 745||Qualitative Research III||2|
|PPS 772||Issues in pk-12 Schools and Society||3|