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

This credential program is designed for students with a master’s degree in a counseling-related field interested a school counseling credential. Possible career options include working with students in grades K-12 in public school settings, community college/university counselor or private/corporate career counselor.

PPSC in School Counseling Program Overview

The Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling prepares you to become a school counselor, providing students the support and encouragement they need to pursue college and careers. Those without a master’s degree should consider UMass Global’s Master of Arts in Counseling with Pupil Personnel Services Credential integrated program.

As a student, you will:

  •  Support students with social and developmental needs.
  • Assist students with study and organizational skills.
  • Help pupils build problem solving and coping skills.
  • Provide career and higher education advisement.


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    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)
    • GPA: Meet 1 of these 4 GPA options for admission
    • 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
    • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who know the candidate in a work setting, preferably one working with children
    • Proof of passing score report on the California Basic Skills Test (CBEST) or any of the CTC approved basic skills test
    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.


    PPSC in School Counseling Curriculum

    • CSPU 511  Introduction to the Ethical Practice of School Counseling


      CSPU 619  Practicum and Supervision in School Counseling*


      CSPU 616  Leadership and Systems Change


      CSPU 617  Transition to Work and Career


      CSPU 618  Best Practices in Counseling


      CSPU 620  Supervision and Mentoring in School Counseling I


      CSPU 621  Supervision and Mentoring in School Counseling II


      EDUU 602  Positive Behavior Supports


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


    University of Massachusetts Global's Credential and Authorization Education programs are accredited by California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

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    My first experience with Brandman* was when I was a special education teacher when my district paired up with them for an autism certificate.  I liked it because I was able to still work and do everything else I needed to do.
    Kelly H. | MA, Educational Leadership and Administration
    *Brandman University is now UMass Global
    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. | M.A. Psychology
    My academic advisor was a great support system. He was my advisor throughout my program and he took the time to learn about me personally so we could make the best schedule to accommodate my life.
    Steve L. | MAE, Teaching

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