In order to practice as a school counselor in the pre-K through 12th grade public school system in the state of California, one must obtain their Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential by completing the following:
- A minimum of 48 semester units of post-baccalaureate studies at a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) accredited professional preparation program specializing in school counseling
- A practicum with school-aged children
- Verification of basic skills proficiency - typically by passing the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) with a total score of at least 123 (41 in each of the three sections: reading, writing and math.) More information on this requirement can be found here.
- Completing the LiveScan fingerprint process - a copy of the form can be found here.
- Obtaining the formal recommendation of a California college or university with a CCTC-accredited PPS program
A list of the colleges and universities approved by the CCTC to provide degree and credentialing programs can be downloaded here
. You may also go to the CCTC website
for additional information regarding the approved colleges and universities.