Pupil Personnel Services Credential

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

Certified specialists 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.

Admissions Requirements

Important Deadline Information:  Please refer to the Application and Enrollment Calendar for deadlines.

1. Completed application 

2. Evidence of a bachelor's and master’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution 

3. Evidence of a 3.0 undergraduate GPA or an approved petition 

4. One (1) official transcript issued by the Registrar of each institution attended, sent directly to the Office of Graduate and Professional Enrollment

5. Two (2) letters of recommendation from faculty or professionals who know your work 

6. Personal Statement: Essay of 500 words describing personal experience and interests in school or college counseling

7. Evidence of Certificate of Clearance issued by CCTC 

8. Evidence of negative TB test results within the last two years

9. Meet Basic Skills Requirement

Program Overview

Applicants who already have a counseling related master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and who wish to receive a Pupil Personnel Services, School Counseling credential must complete the CCTC-approved courses outlined in the program pathway. The PPS credential requires a total of 42 units and 800 hours of fieldwork. Students can complete the credential program in 5 semesters. Courses are offered in the evenings at the Redlands' main campus and at the Riverside regional campus. 


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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Coursework & Pathway

EDUC 601 The Counseling Process (3)  

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. 

CMHC 610 Sociocultural Counseling and Intervention (3) 

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. 

EDUC 685 Foundations of School Counseling (3) 

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 Pre-K-12 levels. 

CMHC 692 Crisis Intervention Counseling (3)  

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 653 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy (3)  

Introduces a variety of counseling theories used to conceptualize cases in both community and educational counseling environments, including Pre-K-12, community college, and university settings, with a 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 680 Human Development Across the Lifespan (3) 

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. 

CMHC 613 Counseling Law and Ethics (3) 

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 615 Group Psychotherapy and Counseling (3)  

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 620 Counseling and Educational Assessment (3) 

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. 

EDUC 675 Curriculum and Program Development (3) 

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 654 Career Development Theory and Practice (3)  

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)  

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 677 Supervised Fieldwork in Counseling (6) = 600 Fieldwork Hours 

This course focuses on the work in which students are engaged in program-approved field placements in schools and other counseling settings. To develop expected counseling competencies, students will participate in supervision with site supervisors and the course instructor. They also will participate with other class members in group supervision.  

Prerequisites: EDUC 601, EDUC 685, CMHC 610; concurrent enrollment in EDUC 653 and EDUC 680 or EDUC 624. 

Effective Fall 2021: 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.

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Returning Students

Returning students must reapply to the University of Redlands to reactivate their student status. Students who wish to return to complete fieldwork should pay close attention to School Counseling Fieldwork Deadlines