MA, Counseling and Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling

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

Do you want to be the spark of change in your community? School Counselors help revitalize communities by providing support to children and encouraging youth to pursue college and careers.

Brandman University’s combined MA/PPPSC in School Counseling was created to provide students a streamlined quality education. An integrated degree assists students by reducing steps in the path to becoming a School Counselor. This means no additional applications and no delays so you can start changing the lives of adolescents and their families sooner.

According to First Lady, Michelle Obama, the influence of School Counselors’ goes beyond the classroom, "the impact you have is not just on every child whose life you transform, but on the family that child will raise, on the business where that child will work, on the community that child will one day serve."

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

Applicants intending on enrolling in this program, whether online or on campus, must be California residents and must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

  1. Two 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. Current Resume (showing experience 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. Intake Interview conducted by designated faculty.

Admission Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements:

Option One – GPA required 3.00 or Higher

  • A 3.0 grade point average (GPA) calculated over the most recent 30 graded semester (45 quarter) credits completed in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential. All credits used for GPA calculation must be from a regionally accredited institution.

Option Two – A GPA between 2.50 and 2.99
calculated 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 Examination (GRE): any two of the three GRE scores (Verbal, Quantitative or Analytical Writing) may be used to meet graduate admissions standards for this program. The minimum acceptable score for the Verbal and Quantitative sections is 450. The minimum acceptable score for the Analytic Writing is 4.5.
  • Miller Analogies Test (MAT): achieve a minimum scaled score of 403.

Option Three – An earned master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution

Option Four – GPA below 2.50, Portfolio

  •   Submission of a portfolio of evidence that shows adequate preparation for graduate studies. The portfolio will contain: writing samples that show graduate level communications and analytical skills; a detailed resume showing professional development and achievements; awards; professional recognition; letters of reference from persons who can attest to the applicant’s ability to do graduate level work; and a letter of explanation detailing the reasons the student believes he or she is a good candidate.

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

Positive Behavioral Supports

48

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75-105 Merle Dr., Suite 800, Bldg. B, Palm Desert, CA, 92211
400 Sunrise Avenue, Roseville, CA, 95661
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1300 E. Cypress Street, Building A-1, Santa Maria, CA, 93454
649 South County Center Drive, Visalia, CA, 93277
2950 Buskirk Avenue, Suite 200, Walnut Creek, CA, 94597

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