Become a School Counselor
So you want to be a school counselor in California? As you begin your journey toward this noble profession, here are a few steps you'll need to take in order to practice as a school counselor in the pre-K through 12th grade public school system in California.
Please note that the State of California's Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) is the regulating body for Pupil Personnel Service (PPS) credentials given out in California - not CASC. Their specific requirements can be found in this flyer (only page 1 is relevant to school counselors) and the specifics are broken down below:
You must first achieve your baccalaureate degree (or higher) from a regionally-accredited college or university;
You must enroll in a graduate program that culminates in a Pupil Personnel Services, School Counseling Specialization credential; this program must be offered by a CCTC-accredited institution of higher learning;
You must complete a basic skills requirement;
You will need to complete the LiveScan fingerprint process;
Be formally recommended for a PPS credential to the CTC by your university at the completion of your program.
UPDATE: Please read the recently published document on Fieldwork Guidance in the era of Covid-19.