Master of Science

School Counseling with Embedded Pupil Personnel Services Credential

The School Counseling Specialization is designed for individuals who seek to become elementary, middle, or secondary school counselors. This program meets the requirements for the K-12 California Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential, School Counselor specialization. Students in this program are prepared to function as key members of an educational team seeking to optimize children’s academic, socio-emotional, and career development. Students obtain the expertise necessary to lead the educational team in working collaboratively with a broad range of education and human service professionals, paraprofessionals and community representatives to identify, develop, implement and evaluate programs that provide key services to both the individual child as well as the systems and subsystems in which the child interacts. The School Counseling Specialization is also designed to provide students with all the educational competencies required by the California State Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) for licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).

Career Options

Students who graduate from the M.S. in Counseling with a Specialization in School Counseling have a variety of career options. First, graduates are eligible to receive the Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential for School Counseling, awarded by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). (CCTC). The PPS Credential allows individuals to work in k-12 public school settings as a school counselor. School counselors provide personal, social, academic, and career counseling to children and adolescents, as well as consult with teachers and parents/guardians. School counselors provide individual, small group, and large group counseling services to students; classroom guidance instruction; trainings and consultations for teachers and staff; and consultation services for parents/guardians. Graduates of this program are also eligible to become Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC) after earning 3,000 post-degree hours of supervised counseling experience. LPCCs are able to provide counseling services in community agencies, non-profit organizations, hospitals, and private practices. Students who graduate from this program are also prepared to work in community college and university academic advising centers.

Program Requirements

Units required for credential: 60

Program Resources

Learn how to apply.
Catalog with detailed program requirements.
Cohort Sequence (PDF)
State Level Credentialing information (PDF)


Learning Outcomes

  • To prepare counselors to work effectively with teachers, administrators, school staff, parents and community members.
  • To prepare counselors to work in collaboration with community agencies that serve children, youth, and families.

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