Post-Master's, School Counseling PPS Credential-Only

Eligibility, admissions, and more!

Overview:

To become a School Counselor in PreK-12 California public schools, you must have a School Counseling Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPSC). Credentials are awarded through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). 

The Counseling Department at Saint Mary’s prepares PPSC students to become professional, empathetic, well-rounded School Counselors through best-practice academics and field experience. Our counseling framework emphasizes cultural competency and social justice, which is reflected in the College's Lasallian Core Principles and the Department’s Student Learning Outcomes.

Each student receives an individualized plan of study within a cohort model, wraparound supervision and support both on-campus and in the field, and attend intentionally small classes for an in-depth experience. Saint Mary’s PPSC graduates enter schools with the self-confidence and skills to be advocates for their students, parents, teachers, and greater community.

 

Requirements:

To be eligible for the School Counseling PPS Credential-Only, applicants must already hold a clinically-based master's degree - such as counseling, social work, clinical psychology, or a closely related field - from a regionally accredited university. 

To confirm your eligibility for this program, email Jill Nelson at jkn1@stmarys-ca.edu. Please include:

  • Your first and last name
  • The term and year you wish to begin
  • Your master's degree
  • The institution your degree was awarded from

If you earned your master's at a university outside of the United States, you must first complete a foreign transcript evaluation by a CCTC-approved company. This process will determine course and degree equivalency necessary to confirm eligibility.

If you do not meet the eligibility requirements for this program, but still wish to become a School Counselor, you may apply to the full master's program and specialize in School Counseling - which includes the School Counseling PPSC!

 

Applying:

Once your eligibility is confirmed, you may begin your application and reference our admissions checklist and application deadlines and requirements to ensure it is completed thoroughly. 

 

Interviewing:

After your application is processed, you will be contacted to schedule a group interview. If your graduate GPA is below 2.8, a second, individual interview is also required.

 

Admission:

Once you have been admitted into the School Counseling PPS Credential-Only Program, you will meet with a faculty advisor to create your individualized plan of study. Most students will earn their credential in 1.5 or 2 years.

Your master's degree transcript, course syllabi, and/or course catalogs, will be referenced 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. Professional experience is also taken into consideration for course challenges and will be discussed with the faculty advisor when creating your plan of study.

 

Required Courses & Field Experience:

All credential students must take Counseling Field Experience (COUN 530) while completing their 650 hours of field experience.

Students must also audiotape several sessions with pupils at their school sites during their year of fieldwork placement, complete assignments in conjunction with the recorded sessions, and meet with a Saint Mary's counseling skills supervisor for review of these tapes and assignments.

 

Program Details:

 

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If you have further questions, please contact:

Jill Nelson, MSW, PPSC
School Counseling & Psychology Admissions & Placement Coordinator
jkn1@stmarys-ca.edu