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). 

Acceptance into the graduate program in counseling will be based on multiple criteria. These criteria include academic potential, experience with children and youth, and compatibility with program philosophy. To be considered for admission students must complete the following:

1.  Satisfactorily fulfill graduate admission requirements for Brandman University as stated in the catalog (see the Graduate Admissions section) including meeting the grade point average requirement for a graduate degree program.

2.  Applicants using the Brandman University  Admissions Option Two with a grade point average between 2.5 and 2.99 in the last  30 graded semester credits (45 quarter credits) in either  a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program including credits earned toward a credential are required to submit passing scores from one of the following standard admission tests:

a. Graduate Record Examination (GRE): any two of the three GRE scores (Verbal, Quantitative or Analytical Writing) may be used to meet graduate admissions standards for this program. The minimum acceptable score for the Quantitative section is 141. The minimum score for the Verbal section is 150. The minimum acceptable score for the Analytic Writing is 4.5.

b. Miller Analogies Test (MAT): achieve a minimum scaled score of 403.

3.  Submit a graduate application with the following:

a. Two letters of recommendation from individuals who have had experience with the candidate in an academic setting and knowledge of the candidate’s academic potential and from someone who knows the candidate in a work setting, preferably one where the candidate has worked with children.

b. A current resume which includes experiences working with children.

c. An autobiographical essay (2-3 pages) describing life experiences that have shaped the candidate’s approach to working with children and what led them to the decision to become a school counselor and their commitment to the PPSC program.

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.  Up to 9 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

Candidates must submit to the School of Education, within the first session of enrollment, a current “negative” tuberculosis test that verifies the candidate does not have active tuberculosis or a tuberculosis risk assessment questionnaire administered by a licensed health care provider verifying that the candidate does not have risk factors for tuberculosis.

Basic Skills Requirement

Proof of an official passing score report 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.

Praxis Exam

Candidates must meet all the course requirements and earn a score of 156 or higher on the ETS Praxis Examination in Counseling and Guidance (#0421/5421).

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.

Recommendation for Credential

Upon successfully completing all coursework and the exit interview, the candidate may apply to be recommended to the CTC for the Pupil Personnel Services credential in School Counseling (PPSC).  To apply for the credential, candidates complete the Recommendation Form on the SOE Services MyBrandman site.   Once the recommendation is made by the Teacher Accreditation Department candidates can submit the credential fee to the CTC for the credential.

Required Courses
CSPU 511Introduction to the Ethical Practice of School Counseling3
CSPU 515Practicum in Counseling and Intervention *3
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
EDUU 602Positive Behavior Supports3
Total Credits24

*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