Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPS)

Applicants who already have earned a master’s degree at a regionally-accredited college or university in a counseling-related field and who wish to receive a PPS Credential must complete the following CCTC approved courses. In cases in which the degree was earned within the past five years, the student may request that their transcript be reviewed for:

  1. Courses that are substantively equivalent to University of Redlands counseling courses required for the PPS credential and that have been completed within the past six years.
  2. Waiver of those courses that meet the above criteria, up to a maximum total of 27 credits/hours of credit.

Regardless of the number of courses waived, a student will need to complete a minimum of 15 credits of the required coursework at the University of Redlands in order to earn the PPS credential.

Students adding the PPS Credential will need to meet with an advisor and complete 600 additional hours of fieldwork in two different (Pre-K-12) settings. Students are required to pass the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE).

Required Courses

EDUC 601 The Counseling Process (3 Credits)

Students will develop a conceptual understanding of the helping process and learn basic counseling and interviewing skills. Practice in applying skills will take place through role-playing and videotape review.

EDUC 653 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy (3 Credits)

Introduces a variety of counseling theories used to conceptualize cases in both community and educational counseling environments, including K–12, community college, and university settings, with specific focus on utilizing individual and systemic theory-based techniques for diverse populations across the lifespan. 
Prerequisite: EDUC 601 with a minimum grade of at least 3.0 or higher.

EDUC 654 Counseling for Career Choice and Development (3 Credits)

Students will become familiar with career development theories, sources of occupational information, the career counseling process, assessment in career counseling, and curricular approaches to fostering career development. They also will become familiar with the impact of diversity and individual differences on career development and choices. 
Prerequisite: EDUC 601 with a minimum grade of at least 3.0 or higher; and, for non-counseling majors, by permission.

EDUC 655 Counseling Systems (3 Credits)

This course introduces systems thinking for the helping professional. The systems approach distinguishes itself from the more traditional analytic approach by emphasizing the interactions and connectedness of the different components of a system. Students will learn the basics of thinking systemically. 
Prerequisite: EDUC 601 (with at least a grade of 3.0) and EDUC 653 (may be taken as a co-requisite).

EDUC 675 Curriculum and Program Development (3 Credits)

Consideration of the philosophical and historical elements of curriculum, as well as emerging issues. Specific attention given to planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating programs. Additional topics include current research in teaching practices, special programs, and the process of change within a school.

EDUC 680 Human Development Across the Life Span (3 Credits)

This course is designed to explore historical and contemporary perspectives in typical and atypical human growth, development, and learning styles. Utilizing a systemic perspective, the course examines physical, emotional, mental, cultural, sexual, and moral development throughout the life-span. 
Prerequisite: current enrollment in the School or Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program.

EDUC 685 Foundations of School Counseling (3 Credits)

This course explores various responsibilities that are required to be an effective counselor in today’s school environment. Additionally, an overview of the identity of the professional school counselor’s role will be addressed to facilitate the knowledge necessary to navigate the current functions of PPS counseling at the various K–12 levels.

CMHC 610 Sociocultural Counseling and Intervention (3 Credits)

Exploration of similarities and differences that occur within and across cultures, and the conceptual intersection of cultural and social identities. Students explore their own cultural and personal attitudes, beliefs, and biases, which may influence cross-cultural interactions that impact the counseling relationship while developing their own theoretical approach as professional counselors.

CMHC 615 Group Psychotherapy and Counseling (3 Credits)

This course allows students to practice the application of psychotherapeutic and counseling techniques and interventions in a group setting. Using a developmental perspective to contextualize treatment approaches, students will be prepared to lead and facilitate a variety of different types of groups with diverse populations within various settings. 
Prerequisites: EDUC 601 (with at least a grade of 3.0).

CMHC 613 Counseling Law and Ethics (3 Credits)

This course is an in-depth exploration and examination of legal, ethical, and professional issues facing today’s counseling profession. Students will review the legal and ethical issues they will encounter in practice and identify their role and responsibility in addressing and managing these issues.

CMHC 620 Counseling and Educational Assessment (3 Credits)

Students develop skills in the selection, administration, and interpretation of standardized tests and other tools used to assess various cognitive, behavioral, and affective modalities. 
Prerequisites: EDUC 603 or CMHC 640.

CMHC 692 Crisis Intervention Counseling (3 Credits)

This course focuses on expanding the development of counseling skills, with particular emphasis on the knowledge, skills, and awareness needed to work effectively with clients who are in crisis. This course will also place a high priority on each student’s ability to develop a greater sense of self-awareness and introspection. 
Prerequisite: EDUC 601 with a minimum grade of at least 3.0 or higher.

EDUC 677A Supervised Fieldwork in Counseling (2 Credits)

This course focuses on the work students are engaged during program-approved field placements in schools and other counseling settings. Students will participate in supervision with the course instructor in addition to group supervision with their peers. This course is for students in their first term of fieldwork.
Prerequisites: EDUC 601, EDUC 685, and CMHC 610.
Corequisites: EDUC 653, and EDUC 680 (or EDUC 624).
Credit/No Credit only.

EDUC 677B Supervised Fieldwork in Counseling (2 Credits)

This course focuses on the work students are engaged during program-approved field placements in schools and other counseling settings. Students will participate in supervision with the course instructor in addition to group supervision with their peers. This course is for students in their second term of fieldwork.
Prerequisites: EDUC 677A.
Credit/No Credit only

EDUC 677C Supervised Fieldwork in Counseling (2 Credits)

This course focuses on the work students are engaged during program-approved field placements in schools and other counseling settings. Students will participate in supervision with the course instructor in addition to group supervision with their peers. This course is for students in their third term of fieldwork.
Prerequisites: EDUC 677B.
Credit/No Credit only.

School Counseling PreK-12 Emphasis Fieldwork Requirement
Students in the School Counseling program with Pre-K-12 emphasis must complete 600 of their required 800 hours in two of three school levels such as elementary, middle, high school with a minimum of two hundred (200) clock hours within in those levels (which is the state requirement for the PPS Credential). Students who are unable, for any reason, to complete the required fieldwork hours during the EDUC 677A, EDUC 677B, EDUC 677C will need to enroll in additional fieldwork support courses until their hours are complete.

  • Students are required to pass the EDUC 699 Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) prior to graduation from the program.