Course Requirements

Courses required to earn a Master of Science in School Counseling with a Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential

Please note:

  • Degree requirements should be completed within a 5-year period commencing with semester of earliest course listed above. Student may petition the School of Education for an extension.

  • Candidates who complete all program requirements successfully, including 48 units of course work, 600 hours Final Field Experience, and who pass the required standardized PRAXIS exam (Professional School Counselor) may apply for the Master of Science in School Counseling, and may also file for their PPS Credential.

This course listing has been provided to assist you in completing your catalog degree requirements. Although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the content of this course listing, it is the student's responsibility to verify the information with the requirements listed in the University Catalog and the degree guide available online.

 

Core Requirements (30 units)

PPS503 Counseling Theory

The course surveys the major theoretical approaches to individual counseling in the schools: e.g., Person-Centered Counseling, Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy, Behavioral Counseling/Therapy, Cognitive and Cognitive/Behavior Therapy, and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. Theories of change and resiliency research are studied. Students will examine each theory critically, practice techniques from some of them, and define a personal approach to counseling. Prerequisite: Declared School Psychology or School Counseling Specialization.(3 units)

PPS503-G
McCoy, William Roger
09/05/2017 M 7:05 PM - 9:30 PM Yeager Center B221
PPS503-H
McCoy, William Roger
10/30/2017 M 7:05 PM - 9:30 PM Yeager Center B258
PPS503-D
McCoy, William Roger
10/30/2017 M 4:30 PM - 6:55 PM Yeager Center B221

PPS512 Counseling Technq Exceptnl Child

The nature and needs of pupils in special education with a wide range of learning disorders and handicaps, as well as health problems, and emotional problems will be studied in conjunction with appropriate educational and counseling interventions. Attention to ethics and legislation governing special education, including those regulating practice with diverse populations is included. Prerequisite: Declared School Psychology or School Counseling Specialization (3 units)

PPS512-A
McGuire, Jane
01/10/2018 M 4:30 PM - 6:55 PM James Complex ONLN
PPS512-B
STAFF, STAFF
01/10/2018 M 4:30 PM - 6:55 PM James Complex ONLN
PPS512-C
McGuire, Jane
01/10/2018 M 7:05 PM - 9:30 PM Yeager Center

PPS513 Advanced Psychopathology

This course will focus on the variety of psychosocial problems of children and adolescents that impair academic success and life skills. Candidates will demonstrate the ability to differentiate among a wide range of clinical disorders, social and emotional disorders and behavioral disorders of childhood and adolescents. Candidates will review research studies, case studies, assessment tools, treatment design and school based intervention programs to facilitate positive outcomes for students impacted. Candidates will be involved in group processes, observations and case study reviews, fieldwork and research in various domains of psychopathology. Candidates will develop a repertoire of tools to assist them in the identification and intervention of individuals impacted within a linguistically and culturally diverse setting. Fieldwork required. Prerequisite: Declared School Psychology or School Counseling Specialization.(3 units)

PPS513-A
Cabral, Nona
01/10/2018 M 7:05 PM - 9:30 PM Yeager Center ONLN
PPS513-B
STAFF, STAFF
01/10/2018 M 7:05 PM - 9:30 PM James Complex ONLN
PPS513-C
Cabral, Nona
01/10/2018 M 4:30 PM - 6:55 PM Yeager Center ONLN

PPS521 Devlp Culturally Competent Pract

This course will prepare school counselors and school psychologists with the knowledge, perspectives, and skills needed for effective practice in America's increasingly diverse schools. Through a series of field investigations and readings, students will examine how their own culturally-based beliefs and assumptions affect therapeutic practice, as well as how cultural factors, inter-group interactions, and racism are related to students' school behavior, learning, and academic achievement. Prerequisite: Declared School Psychology or School Counseling Specialization. (3 units)

PPS521-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/10/2018 W 4:30 PM - 6:55 PM Yeager Center B221
PPS521-B
Cabral, Nona
01/10/2018 W 4:30 PM - 6:55 PM Yeager Center B252

PPS533 Crisis Rspns Beh Intrvntn & Mgmt

This course will focus on the basic aspects of effective Crisis Response within the educational setting. Candidates will demonstrate the ability to draw from a variety of approaches and research based intervention strategies to assess and address the needs of students at-risk for academic failure due to depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, familial duress, traumatic events, natural disasters and terrorist events. Students learn principles of psychological triage, crisis response, prevention, mitigation, intervention and critical incidence stress debriefing. Prerequisite: Declared School Psychology or School Counseling Specialization. (3 units)

PPS533-A
STAFF, STAFF
05/07/2018 W 4:30 PM - 7:10 PM TBA
PPS533-B
STAFF, STAFF
05/07/2018 W 7:15 PM - 9:30 PM TBA

PPS541 Human Communication Grp Process

This course presents a theoretical basis for group work, including group purpose, development, dynamics, and methods. It also requires application of learning through practice in group planning and group leadership in both small groups and classroom groups. Prerequisite: Declared School Psychology or School Counseling Specialization. (3 units)

PPS541-A
Deckert, Kebra A.
09/05/2017 W 7:05 PM - 9:30 PM Yeager Center B221
PPS541-A
STAFF, STAFF
05/07/2018 W 4:30 PM - 7:10 PM TBA

PPS548 Action Research School Counselor

This course will focus on the variety of action research methods that are effective and appropriate for use in the educational setting to assess program effectiveness, student learning, intervention efficacy and the analysis of data. Candidates will review research studies, case studies, and school based intervention programs to facilitate positive outcomes for students. Prerequisite: Acceptance to School Counseling Program. Prerequisite: Acceptance to School Counseling Program. (3 units; As Offered)

PPS554 Eductnl Assessment for Schl Cnsl

This course will introduce students to specific assessment and educational testing techniques, strategies, instruments appropriate for use in identifying and placing special educational students, planning and measuring learning progress, and reevaluating learning needs. It will include legal and ethical considerations in assessment, basic concepts of measurement, and ethnic and cultural aspects of assessment. Twenty hours of fieldwork is required for this course. Prerequisite: Acceptance to School Counseling Program. (3 units; As Offered)

PPS555 Intervnt, Consult & Collabration

This course will focus on the basic aspects of effective communication between education professionals and others involved in the education and care of disabled individuals, including parents and family members. PPS credential candidates will acquire professional knowledge and skills which will be developed through readings, seminar discussions, in-class role plays, and field based practice experiences. They will discuss relevant ASCA/NASP professional standards. Ten hours of fieldwork is required for this course. Prerequisite: Declared School Psychology or School Counseling Specialization.(3 units)

PPS555-B
STAFF, STAFF
05/07/2018 M 7:20 PM - 10:00 PM TBA
PPS555-A
STAFF, STAFF
05/07/2018 M 7:20 PM - 10:00 PM TBA

PPS566 LegalEthic Prct DvrsGrps SchCnsl

This course introduces legal and ethical practice to PPS candidates in school counseling. The Code of Ethics, Federal and State laws and Best Practices established by ASCA will be reviewed and actively applied through observation of school counselors, interviews with them, class work, case studies and direct applications in school-based settings. Candidates will demonstrate knowledge of legal and ethical issues faced by school counselors, professional standards, the fundamentals of Federal and State guidelines and education code. Emphasis will be placed on the legal and ethical issues encountered under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) such as free appropriate public education, Individual Education Programs (IEPs) and 504 plans, mediation, consultation and collaboration, due process, confidentiality laws, and family and student rights, limited liability, crisis response, and privileged communication. Fifteen (15) hours of fieldwork are required for this course. Prerequisite: Declared School Counseling Specialization. (3 units)

PPS566-A
Lim, Mark Meng Hin
09/05/2017 W 4:30 PM - 7:05 PM Yeager Center B258

School Counseling Requirements (8 units) 

PPS502 Intro to School Counseling

Introduces students to theory, roles, and functions, and current issues of school counseling as an academic discipline and as a professional field. This course will orient new students to the ACSA national model of school counseling practice taught within this program: a scholar-practitioner model which requires the ability to think critically within the context of a broad base of practical experience. Prerequisite: Declared School Counseling Specialization. (3 units)

PPS502-C
Cabral, Nona
09/05/2017 M 4:30 PM - 6:55 PM Yeager Center

PPS550 Practicum:Edu Intrvntn Divrs Grp

This practicum is designed to equip students with knowledge and skills necessary to become effective problem solvers in relation to academic issues. Prerequisite: Declared School Psychology or School Counseling Specialization. (1 unit)

PPS550-B
STAFF, STAFF
05/07/2018 Sa 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM TBA
PPS550-A
STAFF, STAFF
05/07/2018 Sa 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM TBA

PPS543 Transition & Career Counseling

Offers school counseling candidates the opportunity to acquire and apply knowledge of school-based career development programs and how to develop, implement and evaluate them. Candidates also learn to use computer-assisted career guidance systems and other tools to facilitate pupils in career development and decision-making. Prerequisite: Declared School Counseling Specialization.(3 units)

PPS543-A
Deckert, Kebra A.
01/10/2018 W 7:05 PM - 9:30 PM Yeager Center B252

PPS561 Seminar in Prog Design & Eval

This course will involve candidates with knowledge and skills necessary to plan, develop, implement and evaluate systematic counseling and guidance programs. A minimum of twenty (20) hours of practicum fieldwork is required. Prerequisite: Declared School Counseling Specialization.(1 unit)

PPS561-A
STAFF, STAFF
05/07/2018 Sa 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM TBA

Practicum Course Requirements (4 units)

PPS510 Practicum: Role of Sch Counselor

This course provides students with supervised opportunities to observe school counselors working in a variety of roles within a school community and to interact with school counselors regarding the nature of the job of school counselor. Reflection about the student's own personality, work style, and areas of strength and weakness will also be integrated into the understanding of the roles of the school counselor. Prerequisite: Declared School Counseling Specialization.(1 unit)

PPS510-A
Cabral, Nona
09/30/2017 Sa 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Yeager Center B219

PPS520 Practicum:Cnsl Individuals & Grp

This course provides students with the opportunity to explore the role of the school counselor as a mental health agent within the school systems through observation, interview, and participation with a school-based mental health professional. Prerequisite: Declared School Counseling Specialization. (1 unit)

PPS520-A
Deckert, Kebra A.
09/16/2017 Sa 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Yeager Center B259

PPS540 Practicum:Prsnl&Career Assessmnt

Provides students with supervised opportunities to observe school counselors working in a variety of ways with career counseling and career program development in school and community settings. Reflection about the student's own life experiences, skills, and values in relation to career choice and career theories will be integrated into understand the role of the school counselor. Prerequisite: Declared School Counseling Specialization. (1 unit)

PPS540-A
Deckert, Kebra A.
01/10/2018 Sa 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM James Complex 183

PPS565 Practicum: Beh Assmnt & Intrvntn

Candidates will identify and assess problem behaviors and pathology in a multicultural educational setting, design positive behavior support plans, and develop comprehensive functional behavior support plans. They will design individual and school-wide plans to effect positive behavior change, analyze data to develop effective intervention strategies, and communicate these findings clearly. They will develop the knowledge and skills to address serious behavior problems. Prerequisite: Declared School Psychology or School Counseling Specialization. (1 unit)r use o)ÙÑ

PPS565-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/20/2018 Sa 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM James Complex 189
PPS565-B
McCoy, William Roger
01/10/2018 Sa 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM James Complex 189

Final Field Experience Requirements (6 units)

PPS576 Final Field Practicum I

Supervised field experience in paid or unpaid internship in school counseling. Candidates develop competencies in assessment and data-based decision making, consultation and systems change, cognitive and academic interventions, mental health interventions, and home/school/community collaboration. In addition to the required field experience, students are expected to participate in fifteen (15) hours of on-campus seminar and group supervision each semester. Candidates for the PPS credential will complete 300 hours of field experience for each course with satisfactory evaluations by the university and district supervisors. Up to 150 hours of the total shall be devoted to issues of diversity. This may be satisfied with up to 100 clock hours in a diversity program or with the development and implementation of a program that addresses diversity issues. AND at least 50 clock hours shall be with at least 10 pupils (individually or in a group) of a racial and ethnic background different from that of the candidate. OR, all 50 clock hours with pupils of a racial and ethnic background different from the candidate. (Standard 31) Appropriate settings and activities will be documented by institutional records. This may be done on a full-time basis over the course of one academic year, or on a part-time basis over the period of no more than two consecutive academic years. Prerequisite: Declared School Counseling Specialization and successful completion of all coursework, including a minimum of 100 hours of practicum experience, approval by the Education Committee, and approval of fieldwork site by program coordinator or advisor. Pass/Fail. (3 units)

PPS576-A
Cabral, Nona
09/05/2017 M 7:05 PM - 9:30 PM Yeager Center B220

PPS578 Final Field Practicum II

Supervised field experience in paid or unpaid internship in school counseling. Candidates develop competencies in assessment and data-based decision making, consultation and systems change, cognitive and academic interventions, mental health interventions, and home/school/community collaboration. In addition to the required field experience, students are expected to participate in fifteen (15) hours of on-campus seminar and group supervision each semester. Candidates for the PPS credential will complete 300 hours of field experience for each course with satisfactory evaluations by the university and district supervisors. Up to 150 hours of the total shall be devoted to issues of diversity. This may be satisfied with up to 100 clock hours in a diversity program or with the development and implementation of a program that addresses diversity issues. AND at least 50 clock hours shall be with at least 10 pupils (individually or in a group) of a racial and ethnic background different from that of the candidate. OR, all 50 clock hours with pupils of a racial and ethnic background different from the candidate. (Standard 31) Appropriate settings and activities will be documented by institutional records. This may be done on a full-time basis over the course of one academic year, or on a part-time basis over the period of no more than two consecutive academic years. Prerequisite: successful completion of all coursework, including a minimum of 100 hours of practicum experience, approval for the internship by the Education Committee, and approval of fieldwork site by program coordinator or advisor. Prerequisite: Declared School Counseling Specialization. Pass/Fail. (3 units)

PPS578-A
Cabral, Nona
09/05/2017 M 7:05 PM - 9:30 PM Yeager Center B220