MA in Counseling, PPS Credential with CWA Authorization

Position yourself to become a school counselor for grades K-12 with this master’s degree in counseling. Your coursework will also earn the Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPSC) in School Counseling for California.


School Counseling Program Overview

School counselors play an important, varied role for today’s students, providing mental health counseling, college and career guidance, and acting as liaison between schools, parents, and students. Designed for students seeking to become K-12 school counselors, the rigorous master’s degree in counseling coursework includes the PPS credential, accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Students will:

  • Learn to apply the latest core counseling theories with a thorough understanding of the legal and ethical issues involved.
  • Explore the dynamics of individual and group counseling and intervention.

  • Develop the skills needed to become better communicators with pupils of all backgrounds and cultures.
  • Model and apply counseling strategies to address student social and emotional challenges, as well as preparing student for transitioning to college or the workplace.
  • Develop understanding of the cultural and community issues involved with school counseling and psychology.

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Upon graduating, you will receive the Child Welfare and Attendance (CWA) authorization helping you stand out when applying for jobs.

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Our future-ready program offers instruction in tele-therapy and virtual counseling for remote learners.


University of Massachusetts Global is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)

California Commission on Teaching Credentialing

University of Massachusetts Global's School of Education is accredited by the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing.

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    The counseling program prepared me for my surprise career in behavioral health by providing me with a strong background and practical experience in counseling techniques and a strong skill set in research and critical thinking—key in building a leadership career.
    Robert P.
    MA, Professional Clinical Counseling
    The professors realized I have a life and wanted to pursue my dreams. They didn’t make me feel like I had to choose between family and school. They made me feel like I could be successful in both.
    Dominique H.
    BA, Psychology
    All of my instructors inspired me. They were working in the field as well as teaching, so the stories they shared made it relatable and attainable. The staff and faculty are all very positive and provide motivation for the students.
    Quinton J.
    BA, Psychology

    Admission Requirements

    Applicants for the Master of Arts in Counseling and Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

    • Completed application
    • An autobiographical essay (2-3 pages)
    • 2.75 grade point average (GPA)
    • Current Resume (showing experience working with children)
    • Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions where baccalaureate and/or post-baccalaureate coursework was completed or attempted
    Program start dates

    Program starts three times a year in Fall 1, Spring 1, and Summer 1. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

    Stand Alone Credential

    A stand alone School Counseling Credential may be available to candidates who have earned a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, Social Work, Counseling, or the equivalent in a directly related field from a regionally accredited institution.

    Graduate Level Exams

    For detailed information about graduate exam and minimum test score requirements, please reference the University of Massachusetts Global Catalog.


    Master's Degree in Counseling Curriculum

    • CSPU 500  Introduction to Counseling and Interpersonal Relations: Concepts and Skills 3
      CSPU 511  Introduction to the Ethical Practice of School Counseling


      CSPU 512  Advanced Counseling and Intervention 3
      CSPU 513  Group Leadership and Intervention 3
      CSPU 514  Cultural and Community Issues in Counseling and School Psychology 3
      CSPU 516  Children and Youth in Developmental Context 3
      CSPU 616  Leadership and Systems Change


      CSPU 617  Transition to Work and Career


      CSPU 618  Best Practices in Counseling


      CSPU 619  Practicum and Supervision in School Counseling* 3
      CSPU 620  Supervision and Mentoring in School Counseling I


      CSPU 621  Supervision and Mentoring in School Counseling II


      CSPU 640  Consultation and Indirect Intervention 3
      EDUU 511   Collaboration for Inclusive Schooling 3
      EDUU 600  Research and Evaluation Methods 3
      EDUU 602  Positive Behavior Supports


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    School Psychology and Counseling

    How do school psychologists differ from school counselors?

    A school psychologist typically works with individual students and their families while a counselor tends to work with the larger school population. School psychologists for example might help qualify an individual for special services, while a counselor tackles matters such as crisis intervention and preparing students for their overall future success. Read more

    What skills do school psychologists need?

    Some foundational skills schools and districts are looking for in candidates include patient education and support, disorder diagnosis, treatment and care, and strong written and oral communication skills. Those with specializations in telehealth, report writing and crisis intervention are positioned well for these critical roles. Additional skills.

    How do you become a school psychologist?

    Just like other mental health professions, you will need an advanced degree to practice as a school psychologist. Some states, like California, also require a specific credential program dedicated to the area of study. Once these prerequisites are complete, you’ll then apply for licensure. Break down these steps

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