Master of Arts in Counseling and Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling (PPSC) with Child Welfare and Attendance Authorization

Mission Statement

The mission of Brandman University's California School Counseling Program is to develop innovative and caring School Counselors that are leaders, scholars, advocates, and practitioners who collaborate to support all students in the PK-12 education systems to maximize their academic potential.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • PLO 1Foundations of School Counseling: Professional, Legal, and Ethical Standards: Application of  core counseling theories , ethical decision making, and the Laws, Codes, and ordinances related to school counseling to a case study, current trend, or real world scenario. ,
  • PLO 2 Social, Emotional, Academic, and College and Career Development: Model and apply counseling strategies to address student social and emotional challenges, as well as academic goals, to prepare students for transitioning to college and/or careers.
  • PLO 3 Leadership and Advocacy in Social Justice, Equity, and Access: Create, analyze, and present a plan for improving a comprehensive school counseling program that addresses social justice, equity, and access.
  • PLO 4 Counseling Program Development, Research, and Technology:  Consult and collaborate with multiple stakeholders for student, program, and educational success, by designing, implementing, and evaluating data and using technology to inform practice.

Brandman University offers a Master of Arts in Counseling. The program in school counseling prepares students to serve as counselors in the public schools for grades K-12 and meets the requirements for a California state credential authorizing service as a school counselor. Students with a previously earned master’s degree in counseling or a related field may earn a California state PPSC credential without enrolling in this master's degree program. Those candidates who enroll only in the PPSC credential program will be governed by credential policies. All other candidates will be governed by graduate degree and credential policies with credential policies superseding graduate policies.

Program Start Dates

The Master of Arts in Counseling and Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling (PPSC) program starts three times a year in Fall 1, Spring 1, and Summer 1. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Admission Requirements

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 for Options One, Three, and Four) including meeting the grade point average requirement for a graduate degree program.
  2. Proof of a passing score report on the California Basic Skills Test (CBEST) or any of the CTC approved basic skills test.
  3. 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:
    1. 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.
    2. Miller Analogies Test (MAT): achieve a minimum scaled score of 403.
  4. Submit a graduate application with the following:
    1. Two letters of recommendation from individuals who have had experience with the candidate in an academic or professional setting with knowledge of the candidate’s academic potential. Recommendation should be from someone who knows the candidate in a work setting, preferably one where the candidate has worked with children. The letters cannot be older than two years from the date of application.
    2. A current resume which includes experiences working with children.
    3. 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 and Program Information and Requirements

The School Counseling program requires 48 semester credits of coursework. Students entering the Counseling program or within the first session of being fully admitted to the program are expected to have the following:

Certificate of Clearance: Verification of a receipt of Certificate of Clearance or Certificate of Clearance (including fingerprints) or a copy of a valid credential or short-term permit must be submitted to the School of Education within the first session of enrollment. Candidates who do not submit verification of a certificate of clearance cannot advance in any credential 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. A certificate of clearance or child development permit must be active prior to clinical practice.

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.

Transfer Policy: No more than 12 semester credits may be transferred into the school counseling program from other graduate institutions upon approval by course transfer request to the Associate Dean. Transferred courses must have been awarded a grade of “B” or better and cannot be older than seven years at the completion of the program.  CSPU 618 Best Practices in Counseling,  CSPU 619 Practicum and Supervision in School CounselingCSPU 620 Supervision and Mentoring in School Counseling I, and  CSPU 621 Supervision and Mentoring in School Counseling II must be taken at Brandman University.

Child Welfare and Attendance (CWA) Authorization: All candidates completing the program will receive the CWA authorization. Requirements to meet the CWA are embedded throughout coursework, practicum and fieldwork.

The School Counseling program also requires the following:

Fieldwork and Internship: Candidates must complete a minimum of 100 hours of practicum. A minimum of 800 hours of post-practicum fieldwork or internship is required to apply for the credential.  Of the 800 hours of post-practicum fieldwork or internship the following must be met:

  • A minimum of 600 hours must be done at an approved California public school setting at two different levels. All public school hours must be under the supervision of an experienced professional who holds a PPS credential.
  • A minimum of 150 hours of total hours accrued meet requirements for CTC CWA authorization.
    • A portion of the150 hours will be accrued in inter-disciplinary experiences in a setting that is outside the field of education.
  • All public school and CWA hours accrued must be under the supervision of an experienced professional who holds a PPS credential in School Counseling. 

Applications for the supervision and mentoring in School Counseling must be submitted online through the SOE Services MyBrandman site by the established due date.  All Credential and Program requirements must be met prior to starting any supervision and mentoring courses.

Demonstration of Mastery Portfolio: After successfully completing supervision and mentoring and all other program requirements and all coursework have been graded, candidates submit a portfolio demonstrating their competency through LiveText and pay a fee to have the portfolio evaluated. Portfolio requirements and directions are located on the SOE Services MyBrandman site.

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. 

Completion of Degree Programs

Praxis Exam

Candidates who wish to earn a Master of Arts in Counseling 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).

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.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses
CSPU 500Introduction to Counseling and Interpersonal Relations: Concepts and Skills3
CSPU 511Introduction to the Ethical Practice of School Counseling3
CSPU 512Advanced Counseling and Intervention3
CSPU 513Group Leadership and Intervention3
CSPU 514Cultural and Community Issues in Counseling and School Psychology3
CSPU 516Children and Youth in Developmental Context3
CSPU 616Leadership and Systems Change3
CSPU 617Transition to Work and Career3
CSPU 618Best Practices in Counseling3
CSPU 619Practicum and Supervision in School Counseling3
CSPU 620Supervision and Mentoring in School Counseling I3
CSPU 621Supervision and Mentoring in School Counseling II3
CSPU 640Consultation and Indirect Intervention3
EDUU 511Collaboration For Inclusive Schooling3
EDUU 600Research and Evaluation Methods3
EDUU 602Positive Behavior Supports3
Total Credits48