The School Counseling Certificate program is designed to meet standards for the California Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling and is accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. The PPS requirements are embedded for students enrolled in the Counseling MS program. Students also have the option of obtaining the certificate in conjunction with the Marital and Family Therapy degree. This requires the completion of an additional 27 academic units and 8 additional units of field experience. Professional school counseling has broadened in California recently to include more licensed mental health counselors such as Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCCs) and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFTs) providing therapy to children and adolescents in school environments.
The School Counseling Certificate is open only to currently enrolled CFS students in good standing or recent CFS graduates whose degree requirements were congruent with current state standards for school counseling. As with all certificates, applicants must first apply to the university and meet the School of Behavioral Health admissions requirements. Additional admission requirements for candidates currently enrolled in the department are listed below.
- An application stating the reasons and goals for pursuing professional school counseling.
- Two letters of recommendation, which may be submitted by current CFS faculty or supervisors.
- An interview with a faculty member.
- Background check (clearance) by the DOJ and FBI prior to field placement.
Requirements for the certificate are delineated in the University Catalog and include successful completion of the following:
- Academic coursework and field seminars related to professional school counseling.
- Field experience in public education at two different school grade levels.
- California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) to be taken before or during the program.