It takes a village. It may be a cliché, but not in education. Where understaffed schools and overwhelmed teachers are the new norms, you’re needed more than ever. The California School of Education (CSOE) has a program to help you become the solution—Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential in School Psychology. Through this program, you will fulfill an important role: the guiding light during the most formative educational journey.
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Complete a school psychology internship in an approved K-12 public or charter school to gain the valuable hands-on experience every educator needs.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the career outlook for graduates of the PPS Credential in School Psychology degree program?
The career outlook for those who have obtained their PPS Credential in School Psychology degree program is strong. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a growth of almost 14% for school psychologist positions nation-wide by 2026. Note that this number is just for school psychologists and does not reflect the ability of those seeking a more traditional education position that they would wish to supplement with this credential, as education positions have a strong outlook as well.
What kind of job can I expect to get with this degree?
Graduates of our PPS Credential in School Psychology degree program should expect to find a career as a school psychologist 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. You may also pursue a career as a career or student counselor in the middle- and high-school settings with this PPS credential supplementing your pre-existing ones.
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 with a PPS Credential in School Psychology degree program start?
The PPS Credential in School Psychology degree 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 get a PPS Credential in School Psychology degree?
The PPS Credential in School Psychology degree is a 60-credit program and takes a minimum of 3 years to complete, over 13 terms.
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.
Can I work full-time and complete the program?
Since some practicum hours are required during the program, it is recommended that students limit work to no more than 35 hours per week. Scheduling flexibility is also recommended so that students may complete some of their required practicum hours during typical K-12 school hours.
What is the modality?
All coursework for the Credential in Pupil Personnel Services, School Psychology 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.
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The Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential in School Psychology is only offered online. Explore our online programs below.
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