Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling

Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling

Do have your Master’s Degree in a counseling related field but are unsure which credential in education is right for you? If you’re interested in a career that focuses on development, higher education and helping adolescents you should consider becoming a school counselor.  School counselors help communities flourish by providing support to children and encouraging youth to pursue college and careers. The U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan believes, “School counselors are a vital resource for students and educators, and play a key role in creating safe and productive learning environments.” [1]

Brandman University’s Pupil Personnel Services Credential In School Counseling is a standalone credential for professionals like you who want to:

  • support students with social and developmental needs
  • assist students with study and organizational skills
  • help pupils build problem solving and coping skills
  • provide career and higher education advisement

What Jobs Can I get with My Credential?

Traditionally, school counselors work with elementary school, middle school and high school age students in public and private school environments.  While the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects job growth to be average over the next eight years[2], the US Department of Education recently called for school districts to expand their counseling support programs in elementary and secondary schools across America.  The Whitehouse also launched the Reach Higher Initiative with the goal to have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by year 2020.   According to First Lady, Michelle Obama, school counselors are integral to supporting this goal by “…planting the seeds about college as early as elementary school and middle school, making it clear that high education is the expectation, not the exception.”[3]

Other career options for counselors include:

  • Jr. College / University Academic Advisor
  • College Career Counselor
  • Private/Corporate Career Counselor


Interested in becoming a school counselor but need your Master’s Degree?  Learn more about Brandman University’s Master of Arts in Counseling with Pupil Personnel Services Credential integrated program.

[1] http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-department-education-awards-more-248-million-elementary-and-secondary-school-counseling-grants
[2] http://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/school-and-career-counselors.htm
[3] https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/01/remarks-first-lady-american-school-counselor-association-annual-conferen

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for students who have earned a Master Degree in Counseling or the equivalent in a directly related field are the same as those listed for the Master of Arts in Counseling and Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling (PPSC). Please refer to the Master Degree section for specific 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.

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.

Required Courses

CSPU 511

Introduction to Ethical Practice of School Counseling


CSPU 515

Practicum in School Counseling


CSPU 617

Transition to Work and Career


CSPU 618

Best Practices in School Counseling


CSPU 620

Supervision and Mentoring in School Counseling I


CSPU 621

Supervision and Mentoring in School Counseling II


Total Credits



Some programs available to California residents only
4820 Business Center Drive, Suite 100, Fairfield, CA, 94534
16355 Laguna Canyon Road, 1st Floor, Irvine, CA, 92618
5222 Pirrone Court, Salida, CA, 95368
99 Pacific Street, Suite 375-B, Monterey, CA, 93940
16355 Laguna Canyon Road, Irvine, CA, 92618
75-105 Merle Dr., Suite 800, Bldg. B, Palm Desert, CA, 92211
400 Sunrise Avenue, Roseville, CA, 95661
7460 Mission Valley Road, San Diego, CA, 92108
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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