Credential in Pupil Personnel Services, School Counseling

Become an Advocate and Guide for Your Students.

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PPS Credential Overview


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As a school counselor, the difference you make in a student’s life will last a lifetime. The PPS Credential in School Counseling certification program is designed for students with a master’s degree in the psychology, counseling, or education fields who want to pursue a career as a credentialed California school counselor in K-12 schools. This program will guide you in the next steps toward a rewarding career in school counseling and prepare you with the counseling skills you need to help students succeed in school and life.

Throughout the PPS credential program you’ll be taught professors who are working professionals, eager to share their real-world experiences, challenges, and successes in the field. All are committed to social justice and diversity, which is evident in their activities within the community. When outside the classroom, you’ll often find your professors working with community organizations and underserved populations, providing support and services, and putting their efforts towards making positive change. When an expert is needed for commentary on television or radio on the subject of school counseling, you’ll often find one of your Alliant professors on the air. 

 

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Faculty and Admissions

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PPS Credential Program Highlights

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Online Programs

Alliant has been a pioneer in online education and our credential programs are designed with both full-time students and busy, working individuals in mind. 

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Practical Application

A practicum, completed either online or on campus, is integral to the program, and provides you with 600 hours of supervised field experience.

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Hands-on Faculty

Faculty are working professionals with lived experience, and small class sizes ensure you get focused and individualized attention.

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“In my experience with Alliant, it was very clear from the start that there was a commitment to education being the great equalizer. 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 Serrano
CSOE Alumna
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Pupil Personnel Services Credential Information


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School Performance Fact Sheet

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • I already have a master’s degree. Can I just complete the PPS credential?

    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.

  • What kind of job can I expect to get with this certification?

    Graduates of our PPS program 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 supplement their pre-existing credentials with this one.

  • What scholarship and financial aid options are available to me?

    Private and public scholarships can help you meet the cost of your education, and Alliant offers institutional scholarships for many of our students. Learn more about these scholarship opportunities here. Additional Financial aid is available for those who qualify in the form of loans, grants, federal work study, and military aid. Learn more in our Financial Options Guide.

  • When does the PPS credential program start?

    The program is an eight-week term program and is open for enrollment during each of those respective enrollment periods. You can find a copy of our eight-week term academic calendar here.

  • How long does it take to complete the online PPS in School Counseling Credential program?

    The PPS in School Counseling Credential is a 49-credit program and takes a minimum of two years to complete, over 11 terms.

  • What assignments do students have to complete for their practicum?

    Students will complete 100 hours of practicum and assignments will vary throughout the course of the PPS program. Example practicum assignments include the following:

    • Peer counseling
    • Personal and career assessments
    • Personal counseling experience in either an individual or group context
    • School-based programs serving parents and family members
    • Community service programs serving children and families
    • Shadowing a school counselor
    • Observing classroom instruction
    • Attending district and school-based meetings
  • Can I have my own private practice once I graduate?

    The program prepares you for a job as a counselor within California’s K-12 public school districts. You should check with specific state licensing requirements if you wish to practice outside of a school setting as a general counselor.

  • What is the modality of this program?

    All coursework for the program can be completed online, and on your time, allowing you to tailor your education to your schedule. The residency is a one-day weekend meeting, either online or on campus, during each of the individual and group counseling courses. On-campus residencies are held on our Northern California or Southern California campuses.

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Degree Campus Locations


Alliant has six campuses throughout California. The Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential in School Counseling Credential Program is only offered online. Explore our the online programs available at our educational institution below.

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Online Programs

Get the Alliant experience on your own schedule. See the variety of classes Alliant offers, and transform your education into impact.

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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 higher education is the great equalizer and are committed to preparing and empowering the next generation of educational professionals.

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What will your impact be?

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