Feb 01, 2023
Suzanne Whitehead, Ed.D., Program Coordinator
Office: DBH 345
Phone: (209) 667-3955 or 3364
The Master of Arts in Counseling, Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential is intended for students who aspire to offer counseling services in K-12 schools and/or higher education. The PPS Credential is required for counselors in the K-12 setting. Upon completion of the program, students qualify for both a PPS credential and a Master of Arts in Counseling. The following requirements adhere to the Standards of Quality and Effectiveness for Pupil Personnel Services Credentials in School Counseling that were adopted by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing in January 2001.
Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., social security number or tax payer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs, to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements. Information concerning licensure and credentialing requirements are available from program coordinator.
To be considered for admission to the PPS Credential/M.A. Counseling Program, applicants must:
- Possess a baccalaureate degree.
- Be admitted to the University with a GPA of at least 3.0 for the last 60 units earned.
- Submit Application for First Interview form with payment receipt to the Advanced Studies in Education office (DBH 348). The application for the First Interview indicates that you must submit a written statement indicating suitability for the Stanislaus State Counseling Program and future work as a counselor. This document will not only be used to ascertain a candidate’s fit within the program, but will also be used as a measure of writing proficiency.
- Pay program application fee at Cashier’s Office.
- Pass the CBEST with a minimum score of 41 on the writing portion OR CSET 101, 102 now (214), 103, and 142. CBEST or CSET verification must be submitted to the Advanced Studies in Education Department with the Application for First Interview.
- Submit a Certificate of Clearance (or valid California Teaching/Service Credential or Substitute Permit) with Application for First Interview.
- Submit two (2) signed letters (or forms) of recommendation with the Application for First Interview.
- Successfully complete First Interview.
- Coursework Requirements - Students must be fully admitted to program prior to taking any Counseling coursework.
- Graduate Requirements - The minimum academic grade point average for earning the M.A. degree is 3.0. The minimum acceptable grade for courses included in the P.P.S. and M.A. program is a “C.” A student who earns a grade of “C” or below may be put on probation if their GPA falls below the required 3.0. Earning a second grade of “C” or below may lead to disqualification and removal from program and will be reviewed by the program coordinator on a case-by-case basis.
- Final Requirements - The P.P.S. and M.A. in Counseling degree requires the successful completion of all coursework and passing a Comprehensive Exam, or approval of a written thesis, and passing of an oral thesis defense. After all requirements have been met, the student will be awarded the M.A. degree and/or will be eligible to apply for the P.P.S. credential.
- Class Scheduling - Courses are scheduled in the late afternoon and evening to enable employed individuals to enroll in classes. Early registration is strongly recommended.
- Coursework - Coursework expires seven years from completion and cannot be applied toward the Master’s degree. One-third of units may be revalidated if less than 10 years old. This applies to all Master’s degree options: thesis or comprehensive examination.
Requirements for PPS with Comprehensive Exam Option:
If the Comprehensive Exam is not passed during the final semester of course enrollment, then student needs to register for EDGS 7006 (once).
Requirements for PPS with Thesis Option:
If Thesis is not completed after three semesters of enrollment in EDGS 5990, then student must enroll in EDGS 7005 every semester until completion of M.A.
The Pupil Personnel Services: Counselor Education Intern Credential Program
The Pupil Personnel Services: Counselor Education Intern Credential Program allows school districts to appoint PPS Credential candidates to school counseling positions after they have completed 26 units of coursework, including two semesters of fieldwork. This position shall be for at least one semester. The intern is supervised by both the University Counselor Education faculty and the school district of employment, while continuing the required PPS credential coursework. The internship credential is usually issued for a two-year period; thus the intern must complete the approved institutional program within two years.
For additional information and program advisement, the applicant is asked to contact the program coordinator.
Admission into programs leading to licensure or credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure or credential requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., social security number or tax payer identification number) and successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs, to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements.
Professional licensure notification from the Chancellor’s Office.