Master of Arts and PPS Credentials in School Counseling and School Psychology

Blending theory and application in a Christian setting, this program offers you both a Master of Arts in School Counseling and California pupil personnel services (PPS) credential. Curriculum includes both academic classroom training and applied field experience with children and adolescents in schools and other agencies. The program also offers a flexible schedule to meet your needs, whether you're a returning, part-time professional, or traditional, full-time student. Graduates are encouraged to become student advocates and engage in the social action to ensure all students equitable access to counseling and guidance.

Unique Features

  • Small class sizes
  • Experienced and highly rated university faculty
  • Blended schedule with courses in class and online
  • Includes both academic classroom training and applied field experience
  • Our grads are sought by top districts

Our Graduates

A school counseling master'€™s degree is especially important for graduates planning to teach or practice counseling at an agency or other postsecondary institution. The PPS credential provides eligibility to work as a school counselor at the elementary, middle and/or high school levels in the California public school system.

Admissions Requirements

  • Application form and fee
  • Orientation interview (meet with program director for education plan)
  • Statement of Intent (1-2 pages explaining your goals) 
  • Three references  (see form below)
  • Valid California credential or Certificate of Clearance (fingerprints)
  • Verification of passing the CBEST (credential requirement)
  • Verification of current negative TB test (last 12 months)
  • GRE or MAT results
  • Official transcript of BA/BS degree
  • Letter of explanation if your GPA is under 2.75
  • Prerequisite courses:
    • Child Development*
    • Educational Statistics and Research Design
    • Intercultural Communication
    • Introduction to Counseling Theories*
    • Introduction to Psychology
    • Psychology of Learning*

(*available as online courses each spring semester through the FPU degree completion program)

Your admissions counselor may require you review the following documents during your application.

Further Info

Total Units: 84

To be eligible to apply for the professional clear school psychology credential, the following additional program requirements must be met:

  • Master's degree in school psychology or a related area
  • 1,200 hour internship (Students must complete all courses except the master's research core to be eligible for internship.)
  • Passing score on the NASP PRAXIS exam (The program passing score will be a minimum of 100 points below the NASP passing score.)

Those in the BCBA program must complete supervised hours to qualify for the certification exam developed and administered by the BACB and must pass the certification exam.

Liability insurance is required before supervised experience can begin. Information on obtaining liability insurance may be found at www.schoolcounselor.org or www.nasponline.org.

Program information and tuition subject to change.