EdS in School Counseling with Pupil Personnel Services Credential

Work with children in school to help them succeed


Education Specialist (EdS) in School Counseling Degree Overview


In our Educational Specialist in School Counseling with Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential program, you’ll have the opportunity to interact directly with students one-on-one, offering them support to help them overcome the hurdles that can derail their education if not dealt with. You’ll develop the skills and knowledge needed to work with high-risk and special needs children, helping them to stay focused and on track in the classroom and fulfill classroom requirements. 

In the program you’ll prepare for the Certificate in School Based Mental Health, giving you the skills and confidence to provide educationally related mental health services and evaluations in the school setting. Additionally, you also will be prepared for the PPS credential that allows you to practice in California’s schools. 

If you have a bachelor’s degree and want a meaningful career that can make a difference in lives of struggling children, an EdS in School Counseling will put you on the path to a rewarding, impactful, and fulfilling profession.


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Degree highlights


Beyond a Master’s Degree

The program provides education that surpasses that of a master’s degree, prepares you for your National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) certification, and provides most coursework toward licensure such as the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).


All Bachelor’s Degrees Welcome 

As long as you have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution, in any subject, you will fulfill the admissions requirement and be in the position to turn that degree into an EdS degree.


Online, On Your Time

Not only can you earn your EdS in School Counseling with emphasis in School-Based Mental Health (SBMH) and PPS credential program online, you’ll learn how to work with actual students in the online K–12 schoolroom to gain the experience you need to succeed in the field.

“This is a profession in which you can really change the hearts and minds of many and really extend your impact … there are many opportunities to be able to completely transform systems and be able to provide the support in more than just direct ways that exponentially increases your impact in the lives of many students.”
Rodrigo Enciso
School Psychologist and CSOE Alumnus

Degree information

An Education Specialist in School Counseling with PPS credential is more advanced than a master’s degree but generally requires less coursework than a PhD or EdD. If you have a bachelor’s degree and want to make a difference in the lives of school children, this program prepares you to make a positive change for individual students in the classroom. The Education Specialist in Counseling degree with emphasis in School-Based Mental Health (SBMH) is a 70-credit program and takes a minimum of three years to complete, over 13 terms.

Student Learning Outcomes

Coursework for the EdS in School Counseling program ensures you are academically prepared in the following professional competencies:

  • Data-based decision-making and accountability with knowledge of varied models and methods of assessment useful in identifying strengths and needs, in understanding problems, and measuring progress and accomplishments. 
  • Consultation and collaboration with knowledge of behavioral, mental health, collaborative, and/or other consultation models and methods. 
  • Effective instruction and development of cognitive/academic skills through knowledge of human learning processes, techniques to assess these processes, and direct and indirect services applicable to the development of cognitive and academic skills.
  • Socialization and development of life skills through knowledge of human developmental processes, techniques to assess these processes, and direct and indirect services applicable to the development of behavioral, affective, adaptive, and social skills. 
  • Student diversity in development and learning with knowledge of individual differences, abilities, and disabilities and of the influence of biological, social, cultural, ethnic, experiential, socioeconomic, gender-related, and linguistic factors in development and learning.
  • School and systems organization, policy development, and climate with knowledge of general education, special education, and other educational and related services. 
  • Prevention, crisis intervention, and mental health with the knowledge of human development and psychopathology and biological, cultural, and social influences on human behavior. 
  • Home/school/community collaboration with knowledge of family systems, student development, learning, and behavior, and methods to involve families in education and service delivery. 
  • Research and program evaluation with knowledge of research, statistics, and evaluation methods. 
  • School counseling practice and development with the knowledge of the history and foundations of their profession; of service models and methods; of public policy development; and of ethical, professional, and legal standards. 
  • Information technology skills, with the knowledge of information sources and technology relevant to their work. 

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The Education Specialist in School Counseling is only offered as an online program. Explore our online programs below.


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.



At CSOE, we believe that education is the great equalizer and are committed to preparing and empowering the next generation of educational professionals.


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