Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling (PPSC)

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Law: Understand state and federal laws and regulations affecting school district guidance programs.
  • Intrapersonal: Demonstrate knowledge of personal strengths, assets, values, beliefs, and attitudes.
  • Research: Apply research based counseling theory to particular problems.
  • Leadership: Demonstrate skill in leading small groups.
  • Interpersonal: Create effective counseling program.

School Counseling Credential Only Option

This option is only available to candidates who have earned a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT), a Master's degree in Social Work, a Master's degree in Counseling, or the equivalent in a directly related field from a regionally accredited institution (pending program review by the Associate Dean).  Additional courses may be required to meet program standards. This program prepares candidates to serve as counselors in the public schools for grades K-12 and meets the requirements for a California State Pupil Personnel Services Credential authorizing service as a school counselor.

Admissions Requirements

Admission requirements for students who have earned a Master's Degree in Counseling or the equivalent in a directly related field are the same as those listed for the Master of Arts in Counseling and Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling (PPSC). Please refer to the Master Degree section for specific Admission Requirements. 

Credential Program Information and Requirements

Program requirements for the School Counseling Credential Only Option are the same as those listed for the Master of Arts in Counseling and Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling (PPSC) with the exception of the transfer policy and the Praxis Exam. Up to 3 credits of Required Courses (excluding Supervision and Mentoring) may be waived or transferred into program. Students must establish residency with at least 15 credits.  

Students seeking a service credential only may not be eligible for financial aid.

Intake Interview

All candidates entering a pupil personnel service program, including those transferring from another institution, must successfully participate in an intake interview with a faculty member within the first session of enrollment.

Certificate of Clearance

A Certificate of Clearance application (including fingerprints) or a copy of a valid short-term permit must be submitted at the time of the intake interview or by the end of the first session of enrollment.  Students who do not have verification of being issued a certificate of clearance cannot advance in any School Counseling coursework that requires observation or fieldwork in a K-12 setting.  Anyone with a revoked credential will not be admitted to any credential program until the credential is reinstated by the CTC.

Tuberculosis Test

A current "negative" tuberculosis test that is not more than two years old and covers the internship period must be submitted to the School of Education at the time of the intake interview or by the beginning of the first session of enrollment. A person whose tuberculosis test is "positive" can submit results from a chest x-ray examination that verifies the candidate does not have active tuberculosis.

Basic Skills Requirement

Proof of a passing score on the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST) or any of the CTC approved basic skills tests is required for admission to all credential programs prior to enrollment in the second session of coursework.

Exit Interview

An exit interview is conducted by a faculty mentor at the end of the program to determine that the CTC’s Standards have been met.  All coursework, non-coursework requirements, and the exit portfolio must be completed and passed prior to the exit interview.  Candidates must fill out the exit interview application found on the SOE Services MyBrandman site prior to participating in an exit interview by a faculty mentor.

Required Courses
CSPU 511Introduction to the Ethical Practice of School Counseling3
CSPU 515Practicum in Counseling and Intervention *3
CSPU 617Transition to Work and Career3
CSPU 618Best Practices in Counseling3
CSPU 620Supervision and Mentoring in School Counseling I3
CSPU 621Supervision and Mentoring in School Counseling II3
Total Credits18

*Students with an active CTC Pupil Personnel School Psychology or School Social Work credential may waive CSPU 515.

Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling for School Psychology Candidates Option

Graduates of Brandman University’s School of Education school psychology program, who also wish to receive the Pupil Personnel Services credential in School Counseling, must complete the following additional coursework:

CSPU 511Introduction to the Ethical Practice of School Counseling3
CSPU 616Leadership and Systems Change3
CSPU 617Transition to Work and Career3
CSPU 618Best Practices in Counseling3
CSPU 620Supervision and Mentoring in School Counseling I3
CSPU 621Supervision and Mentoring in School Counseling II3
Total Credits18