It takes a village. It may be a cliché, but not in education. Where understaffed schools and overwhelmed teachers are the new norms, you’re needed more than ever. The California School of Education (CSOE) has a program to help you become the solution—Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential in School Psychology. Through this program, you will fulfill an important role: the guiding light during the most formative educational journey.
Our program is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, one of the highest standards in the country, and the world.
Complete a school psychology internship in an approved K-12 public or charter school to gain the valuable hands-on experience every educator needs.
Here at CSOE, we have built connections and strong relationships in the education community to help you get your foot in the door. These partnerships foster opportunities for you to network with local school districts and industry leaders, allowing you to build relationships and create prospects.
“In my experience with Alliant it was very clear from the start that there was a commitment to education being the great equalizer—and so, I feel like I got tools through my learning at Alliant that are allowing me to become a better teacher and reach out to everyone in my classrooms.”
Evelyn SerranoCSOE Alumna
Complete an Online Master’s in Education
Candidates for the Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential in School Psychology may also enroll in Alliant’s online Master of Arts in Education Online with Teaching Emphasis Program, providing you with enhanced instruction and expertise in teaching pedagogy and theory to help shape your applied experience. Eligible credential coursework can count towards completion of the master’s degree. Dependent on the track selected, the master’s may be completed with as few as three (3) additional courses beyond the credential curriculum. Students who select the Early Completion Option (ECO) track will have to complete additional coursework, generally 5 additional courses, to earn the master’s degree.
Obtaining your master’s may open the door to future opportunities like teaching at community colleges or universities.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The career outlook for those who have obtained their PPS Credential in School Psychology degree program is strong. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a growth of almost 14% for school psychologist positions nation-wide by 2026. Note that this number is just for school psychologists and does not reflect the ability of those seeking a more traditional education position that they would wish to supplement with this credential, as education positions have a strong outlook as well.
Graduates of our PPS Credential in School Psychology degree program should expect to find a career as a school psychologist 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 career or 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 your financial aid options here.
The PPS Credential in School Psychology degree 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.
The PPS Credential in School Psychology degree is a 60-credit program and takes a minimum of 3 years to complete, over 13 terms.
Students may qualify for the PPS-only option if they already hold a master’s degree in a related field (counseling, MFT, counseling psychology, special education, etc.). We ask prospective students to fill out a transfer credit evaluation form and submit a copy of their transcripts to determine if they qualify.
Since some practicum hours are required during the program, it is recommended that students limit work to no more than 35 hours per week. Scheduling flexibility is also recommended so that students may complete some of their required practicum hours during typical K-12 school hours.
Program Campus Locations
The Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential in School Psychology is only offered online. Explore our online programs below.
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