Credential in Pupil Personnel Services, School Psychology

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School Psychology Credential in California Overview


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When it comes to education, it really does take a village. Your students each face unique challenges and ll benefit from personalized attention from caring professionals. With understaffed schools and overwhelmed teachers, school psychologists are needed more than ever. In the Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential in School Psychology, you’ll fill a vital role in acting as guiding light for those you serve throughout their school years, and the difference you make will be lasting. 

In the program you’ll learn from professors who’ve been pioneers in online education, and as we move forward in the digital world, your skills in performing virtual psychoeducational assessments will become more valuable than ever before. Faculty in the program are made up of working professionals, eager to share their real-world experiences, challenges, and successes in the field, and all committed to social justice, diversity, and giving back to their communities.

 

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Faculty and Admissions

Get the information you need to start earning your Single-Subject Teaching Credential, see the latest admission requirements, and get to know our faculty members using the links below.

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PPS Program Highlights

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CTC-Approved Curriculum

Our program is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, one of the highest standards in the country, and the world. 

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Hands-on Faculty

Faculty are professionals working in the field, with lived experience, and small class sizes ensure you get focused and individualized attention.

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Prosperous Partnerships

Our strong relationships in the education community provide opportunities for you to network, build relationships, and create prospects.

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“This is a profession in which you can really change the hearts and minds of many and 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
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Pupil Personnel Services Credential Information


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School Performance Fact Sheet

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

    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. You may also pursue a career as a psychologist that specializes in educationally related mental health support or behavioral support. 

  • 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 in School Psychology Credential program start?

    The program starts in January and August and is open for enrollment during each of those respective enrollment periods. You can find a copy of our academic calendar here.

  • 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 you to fill out a transfer credit evaluation form and submit a copy of your transcripts to determine if you 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.

  • How long does it take to complete the online credential program?

    The PPS Credential in School Psychology degree is a 60-credit program and takes a minimum of three years to complete, over 13 terms.

  • What is the modality of this program?

    All coursework for the program can be completed online, allowing you to tailor your education to your schedule. The residency is a one-day weekend meeting, held online or on-campus, during each of the individual and group counseling courses. For the credential degree, additional two two-day weekend meetings, online or on-campus, during each of the three assessment courses are required. The residencies are held on the Northern California and Southern California campuses.

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Degree Campus Locations


The Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential in School Psychology is only offered online. Explore our online programs below.

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Online Programs

Get the Alliant experience on your own schedule. See the variety of classes Alliant offers, and transform your education into impact.

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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.

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Why CSOE

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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What will your impact be?

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