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School Counseling with Pupil Personnel Services Credential (MAE + PPS)

About This Masters Degree

Course Description

The master's degree program in School Counseling is for candidates who wish to pursue a school counseling career working with children and adolescents in pre-K-12 schools. Embedded with the program is the Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential recommendation made to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) that is required for employment as a California school counselor within school districts.

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.

Who Should Apply?

Successful candidates for the School Counseling master's program may have degrees, experience, and backgrounds in a variety of areas, including: counseling, psychology, sociology, education, child development, liberal students, teaching, social work, and more.

Program Overview

39 units of coursework + 10 units of field placement.
Full program completion within 2-2.5 years.
100 school counseling practicum hours required.
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.
No prerequisites.


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

Visit the School Counseling with Pupil Personnel Services Credential (MAE + PPS) page on the Alliant International University - Sacramento Campus website for more details!

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