PPS Credential Overview
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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PPS Credential Program Highlights
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.
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.
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 with a 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.
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.
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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