Post-Master's, School Counseling PPS

Program Details

Program Duration

Options for 1.5 or 2 year tracks. This is a program designed to help you grow and succeed, not just receive a diploma.

Learning Environment

Fall and Spring semester courses meet once a week Monday - Thursday in the late afternoon/evenings, and alternating Saturdays.

Average Class Size

15-18 learners per cohort. Cohort members in the program form a learning community. Your success starts with connections.


To become a School Counselor in K-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, empathic, 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. In keeping with CCTC requirements, our program gives primary emphasis in helping public school pupils achieve academic success by emphasizing the importance of student support services.

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.