As a school counselor, the difference you make in a child’s life as a school counselor can 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. The 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 by 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 professors on the air.
Alliant has been an early leader in online education, and our credential programs are designed with both full-time students and busy, working individuals in mind.
A practicum, completed either online or on campus, is integral to the program, and provides you with 600 hours of supervised field experience.
Faculty are working professionals with lived experience, and small class sizes ensure you get focused and individualized attention.
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Frequently Asked Questions
I already have a master’s degree. Can I just complete the PPS credential?
You may qualify for the PPS-only option if you 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 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?
This 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?
tudents 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
What is the modality of this program?
All coursework for the program can be completed online, allowing you flexibility with 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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