Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School of Social Work Program

The Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Social Work program (PPSC in SSW program) is offered through the College of Continuing Education (CCE) at Sacramento State in conjunction with the Division of Social Work. For more information on the PPSC in SSW program please review the information on the CCE web site.

The deadline to submit your application is March 28, 2019.

Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential.  Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., social security number or tax payer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check.  Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements.  The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs, to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements.  Information concerning licensure and credentialing requirements are available from Dale Russell, 6000 J Street, Mariposa Hall 4040, Sacramento, CA 95819, 916-278-6913.

Class Schedule

CCE offers the two required courses (3 units each) in the summer only.  Each course meets in Napa Hall from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on five Saturdays.  Classes will meet on the following tentative dates for summer 2019:


Each course is $425* per unit x 3 units = $1,275 per course. $1,275 per course x 2 courses = $2,550. Fees are due at the time of registration. You may register for one course at a time. There is an additional field administrative/verification fee of $1,275 that is due after acceptance into the program and before the summer courses begin.  (Prices subject to change)

Current Master in Social Work Students

Current Master in Social Work (MSW) students interested in earning the PPSC must successfully complete the degree requirements for the MSW and the PPSC in SSW program concurrently.  This includes Advanced Standing student applicants to the MSW degree program.

The MSW degree program at Sacramento State is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and the PPSC in SSW program is fully accredited under the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, therefore, are subject to the rights and responsibilities of programs so accredited.

MSW students and Advanced Standing applicants to the PPSC in SSW program must successfully complete all of the following requirements in order to be approved as eligible to apply for the PPSC in SSW program certification.

PPSC in SSW Program Requirements

Field Requirements

The field placement must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be completed as a MSW II student or post-master’s student.  We will not accept hours from a MSW I field placement.
  • Must be at a school site supervised by a qualified person holding a PPS certification in school social work in CA.
  • Must take place with at least two age groups (preschool, elementary school, middle school or high school) with a minimum of 100 clock hours at the secondary site. Students must also complete a minimum of 100 hours with at least 10 pupils of an ethnic background different from that of the student.

Application Instructions

All current MSW I students interested in the PPSC in SSW program must:

Once you have been approved to participate in the PPSC in SSW program, you will receive an email from Jessika Morrison, program coordinator at CCE, with further information including registration.

All current MSW II students who will be graduating in May 2020 and are interested in the PPSC in SSW program must complete the post-Master in Social Work PPSC application.  For more information, please see below.

Post-Master in Social Work Students

Social work professionals with a Master’s in Social Work (MSW) degree from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited school who are looking to work in the school system as a school social worker may apply for the PPSC in SSW program.  Transcripts must reflect coursework in social work practice with diverse populations.  For more information on the application process, fieldwork requirements, and credential requirements, please visit www.cce.csus.edu/ppsc.