MA, Counseling and Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling (PPSC)

Master of Arts in Counseling and Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling

This program prepares students for the critical role of serving as a counselor in California K-12 public schools. In the Master of Arts in Counseling and Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling combined program, students will learn topics such as counselor roles and techniques for students of different cultures and backgrounds, ethical guidelines and legal issues, and goal setting. Graduates also learn to create and enhance programs for students that enable them to fully participate in educational and life endeavors.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Law: Understand state and federal laws and regulations affecting school district guidance programs.
  • Intrapersonal: Demonstrate knowledge of personal strengths, assets, values, beliefs, and attitudes.
  • Research: Apply research based counseling theory to particular problems.
  • Leadership: Demonstrate skill in leading small groups.
  • Interpersonal: Create effective counseling program.

Admission Requirements
Acceptance into the graduate program in counseling will be based on multiple criteria. These criteria include academic potential, experience with children and youth, and compatibility with program philosophy. To be considered for admission students must complete the following:

  1. Satisfactorily fulfill graduate admission requirements for Brandman University as stated in the catalog (see the Graduate Admissions section) including meeting the grade point average requirement for a graduate degree program.
  2. Applicants using the Brandman University Admissions Option Two with a grade point average between 2.5 and 2.99 in the last 30 graded semester credits (45 quarter credits) in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program including credits earned toward a credential are required to submit passing scores from one of the following standard admission tests:
    1. Graduate Record Exam (GRE): achieve the required minimum scores on two out of three of the subsections of the GRE. (Minimum score for Quantitative: 141, minimum score for Verbal: 150, minimum score for Analytic Writing: 4.5.

    2. Miller Analogies Test (MAT): achieve a minimum scaled score of 403.
  3. Submit a graduate application with the following:
    1. Three letters of recommendation from individuals who have had experience with the candidate in an academic setting and knowledge of the candidate’s academic potential and from someone who knows the candidate in a work setting, preferably one where the candidate has worked with children.
    2. A current resume which includes experiences working with children.
    3. An autobiographical essay (2-3 pages) describing life experiences that have shaped the candidate’s approach to working with children and what led them to the decision to become a school counselor and their commitment to the PPSC program.
  4. All applicants are required to arrange for an intake interview. The interview will be conducted by designated faculty.

Credential and Program Requirements
The Counseling program requires 48 credits of coursework. Students entering the Counseling program or within the first session of being fully admitted to the program are expected to have the following:

  • Certificate of Clearance: A Certificate of Clearance application (including fingerprints) or a copy of a valid short-term permit must be submitted at the time of the intake interview or by the end of the first session of enrollment.
  • Tuberculosis Test: A current "negative" tuberculosis test that is not more than two years old and covers the internship period must be submitted to the campus Education Department at the time of the intake interview or by the beginning of the first session of enrollment. A person whose tuberculosis test is "positive" can submit results from a chest x-ray examination that verifies the candidate does not have active tuberculosis.
  • CBEST: Candidates must take and pass the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) prior to enrollment in the second session of coursework.
  • Transfer Policy: No more than 12 credits may be transferred into the school counseling program from other graduate institutions upon approval by course transfer request to the Associate Dean. Transferred courses must have been awarded a grade of “B” or better and cannot be older than seven years at the completion of the program. CSPU 515, 618, 620, and 621 must be taken at Brandman University.

The School Counseling program also requires the following:

  • Fieldwork and Internship: Candidates must complete the Practicum in School Counseling course and a minimum of 100 hours of practica fieldwork prior to beginning the final fieldwork or internship in CSPU 620 and 621. A minimum of 600 hours of post-practicum fieldwork or internship is required to apply for the credential. Most of these hours must be done in a public school setting at two different levels. All hours must be under the supervision of an experienced professional who holds a PPS credential in school counseling.
  • Applications for the practicum in School Counseling must be filed with the clinical coordinator at least two terms prior to the session in which a student plans to begin practicum (or by the deadline established at the campus of residence).  All Credential and Program requirements must be met prior to starting any practicum courses.
  • Exit Interview: Credential candidates must successfully complete an exit interview, a professional portfolio, and a capstone project to exit the program. Candidates who wish to earn a Master of Arts in Counseling must meet all the course requirements and earn a score of 156 or higher on the ETS Praxis Examination in Counseling and Guidance (#0421).

Upon successfully completion of all degree and credential and program requirements, graduates may apply to be recommended to the CTC for their PPSC credential.  Candidates may do this by filling out the on-line Recommendation Form on the Self Service page on MyBrandman.  The candidates application is then reviewed and recommended by the Teacher Accreditation Department to the CTC for the credential.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses

CSPU 500 Introduction to Counseling and Intervention 3
CSPU 511 Introduction to Ethical Practice of School Counseling 3
CSPU 512 Advanced Counseling and Intervention 3
CSPU 513 Group Leadership and Intervention 3
CSPU 514 Cultural and Community Issues in Counseling 3
CSPU 515 Practicum in School Counseling 3
CSPU 516 Children and Youth In Developmental Context 3
CSPU 616 Leadership and Systems Change 3
CSPU 617 Transition to Work and Career 3
CSPU 618 Best Practices in School Counseling 3
CSPU 620 Supervision and Mentoring in School Counseling I 3
CSPU 621 Supervision and Mentoring in School Counseling II 3
CSPU 640 Consultation and Indirect Intervention 3
EDUU 511 Collaboration for Inclusive Schooling 3
EDUU 600 Research and Evaluation Methods 3
EDUU 602 Positive Behavioral Supports 3


Total Credits 48
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