Pupil Personnel Services Credential: School Counseling

Requirements (74 units)

The program for the Pupil Personnel Services Credential is designed to fulfill all the requirements for the State of California to counsel in grades K-12. This 74-unit credential program is designed for students who do not wish to enroll in the M.S. in Counseling and Guidance program that prepares students to apply for the LPCC license but who do wish to obtain a credential to practice as a school counselor.

Admission to the Program

In addition to the general requirements of the university, specific requirements for admission to classified graduate status are:

  1. Attend a Counseling and Guidance Program information meeting (call the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation and Counseling for an information meeting schedule);
  2. Submission of an Admissions Portfolio following criteria and guidelines provided at the orientation meeting. Portfolios will be evaluated according to the Counseling & Guidance Program portfolio rubric. Students will be notified as to the status of their application to enroll in ECLG 531. A completed portfolio contains:
    1. Application and current vitae/resume;
    2. Transcripts of all higher education coursework;
    3. Written Personal Statement;
    4. Three positive recommendations from persons having knowledge of applicant’s counseling potential (forms provided by program);
    5. Proof of successful completion of the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST);
    6. Evidence of current negative TB skin test;
    7. Evidence of possession of a valid California teaching credential or a Certificate of Clearance for eligibility to participate in fieldwork;
    8. Completion of EDUC 306 (or its equivalent) with a grade of “B” or better (fulfills the graduate entrance writing requirement);
    9. Evidence of technological literacy in six areas: word processing, database, computer presentation, downloading, internet and email;
  3. Completion of ECLG 531 with a grade of “B” (3.0) or better.

Upon completion of the above requirements, the student’s file will be reviewed by an admission committee composed of at least three faculty members of the Counseling & Guidance program. This committee will evaluate the admission folder and decide on the student’s admission status. Students who do not meet admissions criteria will be notified of the reasons.

Recommendation for the Credential

In order to be recommended for a credential, the student must have:

  1. A minimum of 74 quarter units of graduate-level work, with a minimum of 32 units completed in residency at this university;
  2. A grade point average of “B” (3.0) in the course work taken to satisfy the credentialing requirements, including a minimum grade of “B” in  ECLG 531, and no grade below a “C” (2.0) or better in all other courses in the program;
  3. Completion of a credential program plan of study, certified by a program advisor and the credentialing office of the university;
  4. Completion of a final competency check demonstrated by completion of the Student Outcome Assessment Professional Portfolio.

Credential requirements (74 units)

ECLG 531Introduction to Counseling2
ECLG 607Research and Program Evaluation for Counseling4
ECLG 619Appraisal Procedures in Counseling4
ECLG 632Advanced Psychological Foundations of Education4
ECLG 633Human Development for Counseling4
ECLG 650Career Counseling4
ECLG 651Professional School Counselor4
ECLG 654Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling and Guidance4
ECLG 655Multicultural Counseling4
ECLG 656Counseling Theories4
ECLG 657ACounseling Practicum I4
ECLG 657BAdvanced Counseling Practice4
ECLG 658Family Consultation4
ECLG 667Conflict Resolution4
ECLG 678Group Counseling4
ECLG 679Counseling Field Experience (four times for a total of 16)16
Total Units74