Service Credential, Pupil Personnel Services, School Counseling

Service Credential, Pupil Personnel Services, School Counseling

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

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Law: Interpret legal mandates and regulations to determine possible special education eligibility.
  • Interpersonal: Demonstrate group counseling interventions.
  • Assessment: Identify the ability level of students using empirically-based, valid, standardized instruments.
  • Behavior: Design a behavior plan based on a functional analysis using the NASP guidelines.
  • Communication: Present a comprehensive written report that combines different kinds of information gathered from various sources to evaluate students’ abilities.

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:
    • 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.
    • 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. Proof of earning a Master Degree in Counseling or the equivalent in a directly related field.
    3. A current resume which includes experiences working with children.
    4. 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.

Teacher Performance Data 2011-2012

Required Courses

CSPU 511 Introduction to Ethical Practice of School Counseling 3
CSPU 515 Practicum in School Counseling 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


Total Credits 18
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