Post-Master's School Counseling Credential Admissions & Aid


To view a list of program application deadlines, click here

Admissions Requirements

  • Application and $50 fee.
  • 2–3 page, double spaced personal statement of academic and professional goals (if GPA is lower than 2.8, please address it in your Personal Statement & second interview is required)
  • Current resume
  • One official transcript (sealed) from all colleges or universities attended. If your bachelor's degree is in progress, upload an unofficial one now; then send the official transcript after your degree is posted. 
  • Bachelor’s degree: Evidence of completion from a regionally-accredited college
  • Three letters of recommendation from professional and/or academic references who can evaluate your potential to be a counselor. Letters from personal references (such as family or friends) will not be accepted. Please provide three professional and or academic references and their contact information in the Recommenders section of the application. The online system will contact them directly with instructions on uploading letters of recommendation. 
    • Please note: Letters of Recommendation must be received for your file to be deemed complete and ready for review; however, the letters DO NOT need to be received by admissions prior to submitting your application.
  • Evidence of health insurance (and/or a signed waiver)
  • Results of a tuberculin test (within the last year)

For Master's degree applicants specializing in School Counseling and School Psychology or Post-MA, PPS Credential students only:

  • Certificate of Clearance (student needs to have paid for the CTC document): Required for all School Counseling and School Psychology applicants. Clearance is mandatory before any PPS School Counseling or School Psychology student enters any practicum or field placement.
  • Proof of registration for CBEST test or passing another Basic Skills Requirement (BSR) alternative option approved by the CCTC. Passing is not required for admission; however, a passing BSR is required prior to beginning any practicum or field placement.

NOTE: After submitting your application, you will be notified to schedule an admissions interview.



You may begin your application and reference our admissions checklist and application deadlines and requirements to ensure it is completed thoroughly. 

If you have not been working in the field since earning a master’s degree, then you must take the National Counselor Examination (NCE) to verify currency before a plan of study is created. 



After your application is processed and it is determined that your Master's meet the CTC requirements, you will be contacted to schedule a group interview. If your graduate GPA is below 2.8, a second, individual interview is also required.



Once you have been admitted into the School Counseling PPS Credential-Only Program, you will pay a $200 transcript evaluation fee and a faculty advisor will create your individualized plan of study. Most students will earn their credential in 1.5 or 2 years.

You will need to supply your master's degree transcript, course syllabi, and course catalogs, for evaluation to determine which of your master's courses are transferrable. To fulfill the College's residency requirement, at least 27 units must be completed within the PPSC Program. A maximum of 9 units (3 full unit classes) can be transferred in and 18 additional units may be challenged. Professional experience is also taken into consideration for course challenges and will be discussed with the faculty advisor when creating your plan of study. 

Courses acceptable for transfer credit must have been taken within the last five years. Coursework may be acceptable beyond five years if you are able to display current experience and knowledge or by taking the National Counselor Examination (NCE).

You may reference our general School Counseling plan of study to compare to your graduate transcript and see which courses you may want to challenge, transfer, or still need to take.

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