Educational Requirements

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.