Credential in Pupil Personnel Services, School Counseling

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PPS Credential Overview


As a school counselor, the difference you make in students’ lives may take years to manifest—but the impact you make on a child's welfare will last a lifetime. The PPS Credential in School Counseling online hybrid certification program is designed for those individuals with a master’s degree in the psychology, counseling, or education fields and who wish to pursue a career as a credentialed California school counselor in K-12 schools. Let Alliant’s California School of Education (CSOE) help you take the next step toward a rewarding career in school counseling today, and start making an impact tomorrow.



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PPS Degree Highlights


Online PPS School Counseling Credential Program

Our credential program was developed with both full-time students and busy, working individuals in mind. Because our PPS credential program is online, your home is the classroom.


Hands-On Experience

An on-ground practicum component is required for program completion through one of our six California campuses, culminating in 600 hours of supervised field experience.


Small Classes, Tailored Guidance

Alliant’s dedication to small class sizes ensures that every one of our students receives more individualized attention than they would in other programs, leaving you primed to make an impact from the moment you take your first step off of our commencement stage.

"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 Serrano
CSOE Alumna

Pupil Personnel Services Credential Information

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the career outlook for graduates of the PPS in School Counseling Credential program?

    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.

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

    Graduates of our program should expect to find a career as a 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.

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

    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 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 in School Counseling Credential program start?

    The Online School Counseling Credential 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 8-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 2 years to complete, over 11 terms.

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

    Students complete 100 hours of practicum and assignments will vary throughout 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?

    Alliant’s Online School Counseling PPS credential program prepares students for jobs as counselors within California’s K-12 school districts. Students should check with specific state licensing requirements if they wish to practice as a general counselor.

  • What is the modality of this program?

    All coursework for the Credential in Pupil Personnel Services, School Counseling 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 during each of the individual and group counseling courses. For the credential degree, additional two two-day weekend meetings during each of the 3 assessment courses are required. The residencies are held the San Francisco and San Diego campuses.


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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