University Internship Credential Program for Pupil Personnel Services School Counseling (California Only)

Program Overview


The University Internship Pupil Personnel Services in School Counseling credential program allows students who meet the requirements to begin service as a “paid” school counselor in their sponsoring district while completing their formal coursework preparation. Students who qualify as a university intern may begin the program upon starting a school counseling position, either at the beginning of their program or while currently enrolled in the regular pupil personnel services credential program. Intern students participate in the standard coursework and internship coursework. National University students who are interested in becoming a university intern must complete and show verification of all prerequisite requirements.

For additional information on credential requirements, please see the Sanford College of Education Credential Information section of the catalog.

This program is aligned with national standards and prepares candidates for the position of school counselor. Graduates of this program generally seek employment as school counselors in P-12 school districts and must hold a PPSC credential for public school employment.

Candidates enrolled in the degree and credential program are not awarded the master’s degree until they have completed all coursework and have successfully completed the ETS PRAXIS-School Counseling exam. All coursework must be completed prior to the Preliminary PPSC credential recommendation. Course equivalence cannot be granted for life experiences.

Program Advisement
All PPSC candidates will be assigned a faculty advisor. Candidates will meet with a faculty advisor for evaluation of prior coursework to meet program prerequisites. Only CED 607 and prerequisites can be taken prior to admission.

All candidates are expected to meet with their assigned faculty advisor at the following times: (1) upon admission into the program, (2) after five classes, (3) before starting their internship hours, and (4) at the completion of internship hours.

Program Prerequisites
All candidates for the intern program must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. All candidates must possess an appropriate Master’s Degree or be in enrolled in the Master of Science in Educational Counseling program and meet the standard internship requirements. Verification of two years relevant paid experience in a P-12 public school or related system or as a licensed counselor or therapist. Letter of recommendation from the Principal or Administrator of the hiring school. Completion of an American School Counseling Association (ASCA) National Model essay. Recommendation by Faculty Advisor.

Exit Requirements
In order to receive a Preliminary PPSC credential, candidates must complete all courses and internship within seven years and fulfill the following requirements:

Successful completion of all coursework, portfolio, practicum and internship. Successful completion of the ETS Praxis (#0421 or #5421) examination in Professional School Counseling (passage score is 146 out of 200). Submission of written evaluations of performance in internship experiences by Site Supervisor to University Supervisor. Complete Program Evaluation Form-School Counseling. Schedule an exit appointment with Credential Program Specialist for final clearance and credential documents. Have a zero account balance.


Program Learning Outcomes

  • Appraise and address relevant social and diversity concerns and crises of individuals and groups of students.
  • Distinguish among major developmental theories (personality, social, physical, emotional, and cognitive development) and chronological stages of life-long human development and their impact on school behavior and learning.
  • Develop and evaluate comprehensive guidance programs based on relevant data.
  • Implement individual counseling skills and techniques to help students cope with personal and interpersonal problems appreciating the diversity of each student.
  • Implement group counseling skills and techniques to help students cope with personal and interpersonal problems appreciating the diversity of each student.
  • Integrate positive consultative and collaborative skills and techniques in communication with school staff, parents, and community agencies in order to support candidate academic, career, and personal/social success.
  • Evaluate legal mandates affecting education and school counseling and apply appropriate legal and ethical standards and practices to specific counseling situations.
  • Advocate academic success for all preK-16 students by employing appropriate standardized and non-standardized group and individual educational and psychological assessment data and data driven educational decisions/interventions.
  • Integrate computer technology relevant to the tasks and roles of a school counselor.
  • Construct curriculum for diverse classrooms and classroom interventions strategies based on learning theory.
  • Perform as professional school counselors and professional leaders reflecting the history and trends of the profession to enhance the field of school counseling.
  • Propose career based programs and interventions based on career development theories, and the impact of career development on school behavior and learning.
  • Interpret findings of social science research, developed and implement by the student, to professional practice.

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