Program Overview

As a school counselor, the difference you make in students’ lives may take years to manifest—but the impact you make will last a lifetime. CSOE’s Master of Arts in Education with PPS Credential in School Counseling Degree Program prepares you to provide counseling support for K-12 students who need to overcome personal and academic challenges or plan for life after high school. Courses in adolescent behavior, methodology, evaluation, and counseling prepare you to give every student a chance to prosper.

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Program Highlights

CTC-Approved Curriculum

Our program is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC), one of the highest standards in the industry.

PPS-Only Option

CSOE also offers this program as a way to get your PPS credential online if you already have a master’s degree in psychology, counseling, or education—The PPS Credential in School Counseling is offered as a stand-alone option that allows transfer credit and practicum hours—so you continue to grow, instead of repeat.

Mentorship and Fieldwork

Study with professors and instructors who understand the challenges you face in today’s schools and apply what you learn in the classroom to real-world experience in a school setting.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The career outlook for those who have obtained their Master of Arts in Education with PPS Credential in School Counseling is strong. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a growth rate of 13% for school counselors between 2016 and 2026—a total of almost 40,000 positions nationally. Note that this number is just for school counselors and does not reflect the ability of those seeking a more traditional education position that they would wish to supplement with this credential, though traditional education positions have a strong outlook as well.

Graduates of our MAE in Education with PPS Credential in School Counseling should expect to find a career as a school counselor at the elementary-, middle-, or high-school level. They may also be in a more traditional teaching position and wish to supplement their pre-existing credentials with this one. You may also pursue a career as a student counselor in the middle- and high-school settings with this PPS credential supplementing your pre-existing ones.

Private and public scholarships can help you meet the cost of your education. Alliant International University is pleased to be able to offer a significant number of institutional scholarships to many of our students. Learn more about these scholarship opportunities at: scholarships.alliant.edu.

Additional Financial aid is available for those who qualify in the form of loans, grants, federal work study, and military aid. Learn more about financial aid options here.

The School Counseling Master’s program is an 8-week term program and is open for enrollment during each of those respective enrollment periods. You can find a copy of our 2018-2019 8-week term academic calendar here.

Students must complete 600 practicum hours during the program, some or all of which may need to be completed during school operating hours. Candidates are expected to spend at least two to five hours each week completing practicum.

The Master of Arts in Education with Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential In School Counseling degree is a 49-credit program and takes a minimum of 2 years to complete, over 11 terms.

Students can refer to professional organizations to learn more information about the differences between the two careers. The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) provides information about the profession of school psychology, and how the career compares to other related careers, such as school counseling.

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Program Campus Locations

The MAE in Education with a PPS Credential in School Counseling is only offered as an online program. Explore our online programs below.

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Why Alliant

At Alliant, our mission is to prepare students for professional careers of service and leadership and promote the discovery and application of knowledge to improve the lives of people in diverse cultures and communities around the world. Our Vision is an inclusive world empowered by Alliant alumni.

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Why CSOE

At CSOE, we believe that education is the great equalizer and are committed to preparing and empowering the next generation of educational professionals.

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