Field Work Program
Welcome to the world of Supervised Experience in Counseling! Making the decision to gain experience in the field of your choice will give you the opportunity to learn and decide whether the career path you have chosen is right for you. Not only will fieldwork provide invaluable experience, but it will open the door to other opportunities as well. Hopefully, your supervised experience will be the beginning of a successful and lengthy career. Good Luck!
Requirements for Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential
To obtain the Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential in School Counseling, you are required to complete 9 units of fieldwork (EDCO 292) totaling 600 hours. Of those 600 hours, 400 must be completed in K-12 public schools, with a minimum of 200 hours at each of two K-12 school levels (e.g., 200 hours in middle school and 200 hours in high school). Those 400 hours must be supervised by an individual who has held a clear PPS Credential for at least 2 years. The remaining 200 fieldwork hours can be completed at any K-12 school level or site (e.g., higher education institution or community-based agency) as long as they involve counseling work.
"The specialization in school counseling authorizes the holder to perform the following:
- Develop, plan, implement, and evaluate a school counseling and guidance program that includes academic, career, personal, and social development
- Advocate for the high academic achievement and social development of all students
- Provide schoolwide prevention and intervention strategies and counseling services
- Provide consultation, training, and staff development to teachers and parents regarding students' needs
- Supervise a district-approved advisory program as described in California Education Code, Section 49600" www.ctc.ca.gov
Requirements for Child Welfare and Attendance (CWA) Authorization
Those who are obtaining the PPS School Counseling Credential may complete an additional 3 units of fieldwork (EDCO 292) to obtain the CWA authorization. This fieldwork must be geared towards reducing K-12 student truancy and increasing student retention.
"The specialization in child welfare and attendance authorizes the holder to perform the following:
- Access appropriate services from both public and private providers, including law enforcement and social services
- Provide staff development to school personnel regarding state and federal laws pertaining to due process and child welfare and attendance laws
- Address school policies and procedures that inhibit academic success
- Implement strategies to improve student attendance
- Participate in schoolwide reform efforts
- Promote understanding and appreciation of those factors that affect the attendance of culturally-diverse student populations" www.ctc.ca.gov
Requirements for MA in Education with a concentration in Counseling and Student Personnel
EDCO 292 is not required for M.A. only candidates, but is highly recommended, particularly for those interested in community college counseling. M.A. candidates can apply up to 6 units of EDCO 292 towards the master's degree. Fieldwork experience for the M.A. can be gained from K-12 and higher education settings, community-based organizations, and mental health and clinical settings, but all fieldwork must supervised by individuals with the appropriated degrees/credentials.