Certified specialist in pupil personnel services (PPS) in school counseling are prepared to be pupil advocates and to provide prevention and intervention strategies to remove barriers to learning. These professionals, in partnership with other educators, parents and members of the community, maintain high expectations for all students, enable pupils to reach their highest potential, foster optimum teaching and learning conditions, and strive to prevent school failure.

Pupil Personnel Service Credential

Counseling, theory and methodology coursework provides general counseling preparation for public and private school service for students who already have a master’s degree.

Pupil Personnel Services Credential

Program Overview

Applicants who already have a Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and who wish to receive a PPS Credential must complete the CCTC-approved courses outlined in the program pathway. The PPS credential requires a total of 30 units and 600 hours of fieldwork. Pupil Personnel Services credential candidates must ensure at least two-thirds of their fieldwork hours are completed in K–12 school settings. A minimum of 200 hours must be conducted in a high school or high school-to-college transition setting.

Coursework

PPS Credential Only Pathway

As of Fall 2019, students beginning counseling programs are advised to plan their courses according to the pathways posted below:

Effective Fall 2019: PPS Credential Pathway

PPS credential only students must complete a minimum of 15 units at The University of Redlands. Students will work with their advisor to establish transferable units and instructional sequence.

Note that 600 hours of counseling fieldwork and the passing of the CPCE Exam are also requirements for the PPS credential

Comprehensive Exam

The comprehensive exam is an exit examination required of all counseling students at the University of Redlands. The purpose of the exam is to assess the student's knowledge of counseling to ensure minimum competence in the field. The Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE) will provide collective feedback that can be used by the program in developing/adapting curriculum.

Credential Program Learning Outcomes

According to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, certified specialist in pupil personnel services (PPS) in school counseling are prepared to be pupil advocates and to provide prevention and intervention strategies to remove barriers to learning. These professionals, in partnership with other educators, parents and members of the community, maintain high expectations for all students, enable pupils to reach their highest potential, foster optimum teaching and learning conditions, and strive to prevent school failure.  

The credential specialization in School Counseling authorizes the holder to perform the following duties:

Develop, plan, implement, and evaluate a school counseling and guidance program that includes academic, career, personal, and social development

Advocate for the high academic achievement and social development of all students

Provide schoolwide prevention and intervention strategies and counseling services

Provide consultation, training, and staff development to teachers and parents regarding students’ needs

Supervise a district-approved advisory program as described in California Education Code, Section 49600

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Gainful Employment Information 

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