USF Main Campus
Preparing school counselors to be social justice agents of change in urban schools.
USF Main Campus
The School Counseling/Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential program prepares counselors to address the social, cultural, emotional, and academic needs of children and youth in urban and diverse schools. The program seeks to improve the human condition by training counselors to become social justice agents of change who promote equitable conditions inside and outside of schools.
We promote systemic change — in response to rising caseloads — educating candidates how to respond to students at a group level. Our curriculum focuses on policy development, systems change, program evaluation, and data analysis in order to effectively implement programmatic changes that serve large numbers of students. It’s an innovative approach to school counseling, and it makes our graduates very attractive job candidates, evident in our 99% job placement rate over the last 6 years.
The 49-credit program meets all requirements for California PPS Credential eligibility, allowing students to earn both the MA and the credential in 2 years. Students may also choose to pursue a 60-credit program by taking additional courses for a dual concentration degree in School Counseling and Professional Clinical Counselor (PCC). This option will give students the opportunity to obtain a California Pupil Personnel Services Credential and eligibility to pursue licensure as a Professional Clinical Counselor in California. Read more about the School Counseling program details.
For the last five years, the School Counseling program has cultivated a series of social justice initiatives with local urban public schools, providing support for college, financial aid, and Dream Act applications at critical times during the semester. As a result, our candidates have helped hundreds apply to college who otherwise couldn’t, often as first-generation and undocumented students with high financial need.
Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.