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Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential in School Counseling

Pursue a School Counseling Career in K-12 Schools

The Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential in School Counseling program is designed for those individuals with a master's degree in psychology, counseling, or education fields and who wish to pursue a career as a credentialed California school counselor. The program is ideal for LMFT and LPCC professionals who seek careers in K-12 schools.

This credential program in school counseling results only in the recommendation to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) for the PPS Credential in School Counseling. It does not result in a master’s degree.

The PPS Credential in School Counseling program allows candidates to receive transfer credit for designated courses within the School Counseling curriculum by submitting evidence of previously and successfully completed graduate course equivalents and/or approved practicum hours.

Applied Learning Experiences and Practicum

In addition to completing required assessment courses and other core courses specific to the practice of school counseling, candidates complete applied learning experiences through practicum hours at approved school sites. Candidates must complete a minimum of 100 total clock hours in a practicum experience, or provide evidence of acceptable past practicum experience that may be substituted for a portion of this total.

The program culminates in a 600-hour supervised field experience that provides opportunity for the candidate to perform the functions of a school counselor in school counseling domains. Up to 150 hours shall be devoted to issues of diversity. All required practicum hours and the program's comprehensive exam must be successfully completed prior to the field placement.

Make Your Mark as a School Counselor

Graduates of Alliant’s School Counseling master’s program will be prepared to work as school counselors in elementary and secondary school settings. School counselors serve as student advocates and counseling support, working with other professionals within the school (teachers, school psychologists, school nurses, etc.) to create positive learning environments that maximize students’ success.

School counselors design and implement counseling programs that help to equip students to better manage emotions and behaviors, make decisions, cope with challenges, prevent and resolve conflicts, overcome learning disorders, and improve attendance. School counselors also assist students in improving self-management skills, and provide guidance toward helping students achieve future goals through appropriate career and academic counseling. 

Program Overview

  • 23 minimum units of coursework (39 maximum units) + 10 units of field placement. Total number of hours will vary dependent upon each candidate's academic graduate record and course and practicum equivalents.
  • Full program completion within 2-2.5 years maximum. Accelerated completion in as soon as 18 months may be possible for some candidates.
  • 100 school counseling practicum hours required. Total practicum hours may vary dependent upon each candidate's approved experience transfers.
  • 600 hours of supervised field placement in school counseling required. Candidates are responsible for securing a field placement with support and guidance from Alliant.
  • Late afternoon and evening classes for working adults.
  • Low-student-to-faculty ratio/small class sizes.
  • No GRE requirement.


  • Six California locations: San Diego, Los Angeles, Irvine, San Francisco, Fresno and Sacramento

Admission Requirements 

  • Application - Apply now online
  • Admissions interview with program director
  • Two letters of recommendation from supervisors, academic instructors, volunteer coordinators or other professional and/or academic relationships                 
  • CV/Resume
  • 2-4 page personal essay including autobiographical statement, professional aspirations, accomplishments, and any relevant experience working with children and adolescents                 
  • Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from a regionally-accredited university (degrees in progress are acceptable) with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (GPA exemptions may be granted)
  • $65 application fee 
  • International students: Please review Alliant's additional admission requirements for international applicants.

Additional Requirements

The following are not admission requirements, but they are required at different points during the program:              

  • Clear TB (tuberculosis) verification
  • Certificate of Clearance (fingerprinting)
  • Passing score on the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) prior to completion of program's first year
  • CTC 41-4 application form

Transfer Credit Evaluation

Interested in finding out how your prior graduate units may transfer into our program? Complete our Transfer Credit Evaluation Form. To request the form and to get answers to any questions regarding possible coursework transfer or process, please complete the request for information form at the top right of this page or email us.

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