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Pupil Personnel Services Credential-School Counseling Emphasis

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Learn more about the Pupil Personnel Services Credential – School Counseling Emphasis program.

Pupil Personnel Services Credential-School Counseling Emphasis

Hybrid Program

The Pupil Personnel Services Credential Program with a School Counseling Emphasis opens the door to a rewarding profession that allows you to assist students in becoming productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow.

The PPS Credential authorizes the holder to perform school counseling duties in grades K-12. The coursework, practicum, and field experience have been designed to provide knowledge, skills, and practical experiences required to be a successful school counselor at the elementary, middle/junior high, and high school levels.

The 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 school wide 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

CTC PPS School Counseling Standards

The Commission on Teacher Credentialing has identified 32 standards required for successful completion of this credential. The standards are divided into Generic and Specialization categories.

  • Generic Standards

    1. Program Design, Rationale & Coordination
    2. Growth and Development
    3. Socio-Cultural Competence
    4. Assessment
    5. Comprehensive Prevention & Early Intervention for Achievement
    6. Professional Ethics & Legal Mandates
    7. Family-School Collaboration
    8. Self-esteem & Personal and Social Responsibility
    9. School Safety & Violence Prevention
    10. Consultation
    11. Learning Theory & Educational Psychology
    12. Professional Leadership Development
    13. Collaboration & Coordination of Pupil Support Systems
    14. Human Relations
    15. Technological Literacy
    16. Supervision & Mentoring
  • Specialization Standards

    Core Knowledge Base and Foundations
    1. Foundations of the School Counseling Profession
    2. Professionalism, Ethics & Legal Mandates
    Professional Skills and TrainingDomains of School Counseling and Guidance
    1. Academic Development
    2. Career Development
    3. Personal & Social Development
    Themes of School Counselor Preparation
    1. Leadership
    2. Advocacy
    3. Learning, Achievement & Instruction
    Functions of School Counselors
    1. Individual Counseling
    2. Group Counseling & Facilitation
    3. Collaboration, Coordination & Team Building
    4. Organizational & System Development
    5. Prevention Education & Training
    6. Research, Program Evaluation & Technology
    Field Experience and Competency Evaluation
    1. Field Experience
    2. Determination of Candidate Competence

Who Can Benefit?

This program is designed for individuals with a bachelor's degree who are interested in becoming a K-12 school counselor.

Course Schedule

Required Courses (72 units)UnitsFallWinterSpringSummer
Pupil Personnel Services Credential Information Session0.0OfferedOfferedOfferedOffered
Orientation to PPS School Counseling0.0OfferedOfferedOfferedOffered
Technology for Pupil Personnel Services1.0Offered   
Human Growth and Development, Theories of Learning, Part A3.0   Offered
Human Growth and Development, Intervention Strategies, Part B3.0   Offered
Personal, Social Interaction Relationships in a Multi-Cultural Society3.0 Offered  
Methods of Assessment and Evaluation3.0Offered   
Legal Mandates and Professional Ethics in Pupil Personnel Services2.0   Offered
Developing Student Support and Intervention Through Family, School and Community Collaboration4.0 Offered  
School Safety and Violence Prevention2.0    
Consultation, Leadership and Supervision3.0    
History and Practices of School Counseling2.0    
Guidance Instruction and Advocacy2.0    
Academic Development3.0    
Career Development3.0    
Personal and Social Development3.0Offered   
Individual Counseling4.0    
Group Counseling and Facilitation4.0    
Leadership, Coordination and Collaboration of School Counseling and Guidance Programs3.0    
Professionalism, Ethics and Legal Mandates in School Counseling1.0    
Research Design, Evaluation and Technology in School Counseling2.0    
Development and Organization of Prevention Programs for School and Community3.0   Offered
Organization and Development of a Comprehensive Guidance Program2.0    
Field Experience - School Counseling, Part I5.0    
Field Experience - School Counseling, Part II5.0    
Field Experience - School Counseling, Part III5.0    
Intern Field Experience - School Counseling, Part I5.0    
Intern Field Experience - School Counseling, Part II5.0    
Intern Field Experience - School Counseling, Part III5.0    
Culmination Portfolio-School Counseling1.0    

Completion Information

Completion Requirements

To earn the credential, students must successfully complete (grade B or beter) 24 academic courses; 600 hours of fieldwork required at three different levels: elementary, middle, and high school; and a culmination portfolio.

Completion Time

The program can typically be completed in two years.


The cost for the program is approximately $12,000. This does not include textbooks or materials unless otherwise noted.


The qualifications for admission to the credential program are as follows:

The completed application packet should include:

  • Completed application form
  • Official transcripts of all college coursework
  • Verification of having passed a CTC-approved basic skills exam or its equivalent
  • Current résumé
  • Personal Statement (500 words or less) that reflects your:
    1. Prior experiences with children through work and volunteer experiences
    2. Leadership and advocacy experiences
    3. Educational and career goals
    4. Personal attributes that you possess to support all students achieve success
  • Three letters of recommendation that reflect your leadership ability, volunteer experiences, work experience with children, academic ability and willingness to advocate for others.
  • Copy of all California credentials currently held or Certificate of Clearance.
  • Signed statement verifying absence of criminal record (Signature on application form or possession of valid California teaching credential fulfills this requirement).
  • Transfer credits (maximum of 16 quarter/12 semester) require the course descriptions or course syllabi of appropriate coursework taken within the last five years. Download the Course Transfer Request Form.
  • Proof of current school counselor liability insurance, which must be renewed and resubmitted annually.
  • Completed Livescan Form with CTC as the Agency

Transfer Credit

Students may transfer up to 16 quarter units of coursework if the courses were taken within the last 5 years. Coursework taken more than 5 years ago will not be considered.

Hybrid Program

This hybrid program combines both online and face-to-face classroom instruction. Students are required to attend some courses at UCR Extension due to CTC requirements for the PPS Credential.


Instructor Opportunities

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Additional Information

Textbook Information

If a textbook is required, information is provided in the course listing when scheduled, on the confirmation you receive after enrolling, or by e-mail for an online class.

Delivery Method

New classes start each quarter and you can enter the program at any time. Classes are designed for the working professional, and are offered on campus in Riverside during the evenings and weekends. Please be aware that you must be able to attend classroom meetings in Riverside.

Contact Information

Credentials Office
(951) 827-1661

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Contact Information

UC Riverside Extension Center
1200 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92507-4596

UCR Extension Center

Tel: Work(951) 827-4105 or Toll-Free(800) 442-4990 toll-free
Fax: Fax(951) 827-7273