School Counseling PPS Credential

State-certified school counselors support the academic achievement of all students and serve as leaders and as agents of change within schools. The school counseling credential serves to equip counselors with a thorough knowledge and understanding of interventions necessary to assist students in achieving their potential, utilizing specialized skills in counseling, consultation, intervention and leadership.

Unique Features

  • Evening classes
  • Small class sizes
  • Flexible schedule for both returning part-time professionals and traditional full-time students
  • Includes both academic classroom training and applied field experience

Our Graduates

This 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 attached form below)
  • Valid California credential or Certificate of Clearance (fingerprints)
  • Verification of current negative TB test (last 12 months)
  • Verification of passing the CBEST
  • 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

(*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: 49

Liability insurance is required before supervised experience can begin. Information on obtaining liability insurance may be found at