Certificates and Credentials

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* Application Information for Post-Masters PPSC Program Available Here *

The following certificates and credential are available for current SJSU MSW Students and/or Post-MSW Students who meet specified requirements.  Those interested should contact the School or the designated representative regarding their particular interest.


Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPSC)

We are now accepting applications for our Winter 2019 cohort. The application deadline is Friday, October 26th 2018 for our winter classes starting in mid-January 2019. 

Graduates of our PPSC programs will qualify to be credentialed as school social workers by the state of California. This PPSC is only valild in California. The PPSC is obtained in School Social Work and Child Welfare and Attendance. There are two ways the Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPSC) is offered at SJSU's School of Social Work:

(1) Current SJSU MSW Students in the On-Campus MSW Program. The PPSC may be obtained by current SJSU MSW students in the On-Campus MSW Program who complete the necessary courses and internship, pass the CBEST, and who meet the PPSC program requirements.  Students must accept placement in an approved PPSC program school setting for their second year practicum. If you are a current SJSU On-Campus MSW Program student interested in earning a PPSC, please contact the Field Education office. If you want to be in the SJSU MSW Program, please visit here:

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(2) Post-Masters, School of Social Work Program.  The School of Social Work is proud to offer an Online Post-Masters Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PM-PPSC) Program. Students in this program must already have an MSW from an accredited social work program.  We are not currently accepting applicants with masters degrees from other fields (i.e., MFTs, MAs, etc.).

We are now accepting applications for our Winter 2019 cohort. The application deadline is Friday, October 26th 2018 for our winter classes starting in mid-January 2019. 

Please refer to the following documents:

a) PSSC Program Application Process
b) Post-Masters PPSC Application Form
c) Post-Masters PPSC Application Checklist
d) FAQs - Please click here for answers to FAQs


The curriculum model includes two 10-week courses, offered either consecutively or concurrently, and additional field units and internship in an approved PPSC program school setting.  All other PPSC Program and state CTC requirements must also be met.  We expect that future application periods will open:

- October 2018 for a January 2019 cohort start

- April 2018 for a June 2019 cohort start

Please check periodically for the stated application opening periods, and for updates and active links for an application portal.

FAQs - Please click here for answers to FAQs

For questions specific to the Post-Masters PPSC Program, please send an email to: socialwork-post-masters@sjsu.edu.


Spanish Language Counseling Certificate

This credential is for BASW and MSW students demonstrating advanced levels of Spanish language proficiency and social work practice skills. There are two ways of obtaining the certificate: (1) taking ScWk 224, an elective course that uses cultural, linguistic competencies, and social work skills in the delivery of services to Latino client systems; (2) taking an exam (which is only offered upon graduation).  For more information, please contact Dr. Migdalia Reyes at Migdalia.Reyes@sjsu.edu.



Certificate in Gerontology
(In partnership with the SJSU Gerontology Program)

Currently our Gerontology Certificate Program is being redesigned.  The usual requirements would include: ScWk 250, ScWk 251, Gero 260, Gero elective course, and a second year internship in an aging-focused services agency.  If you are interested in the Certificate in Gerontology, please contact the School of Social Work via SocialWork@sjsu.edu and put "Gero Certificate Questions" in the subject line.


Post-MSW Social Work Licensure

Students graduating with an MSW degree from an accredited social work program are eligible to accrue hours towards the LCSW, ACSW, and other social work licenses. Hours obtained prior to obtaining your MSW degree (e.g., practicum, paid, and/or volunteer experience) do not count towards licensure.



The Forensic Human Services Certificate Program

The Forensic Human Services (FHS) Certificate Program is not currently offerred.

When it is available, it offers participants six non-credit courses to qualify for a certificate from the School of Social Work. Social workers, psychologists, nurses, probation officers, individuals holding a MFT or other counseling degrees and others who are enrolled in educational degree programs (bachelors or graduate) will benefit from this program. This program is a collaborative effort in conjunction with Santa Clara County Social Services, Department of Families and Children Services (DCFS).

Courses will be available either as hybrid or completely online. Participants can also receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs). CEUs are based on number of hours allocated for each course (20-30 per course). Completion of the six courses is required in order to obtain the FHS Certificate. Registration of individual courses also is also available.

Click here for more information about The Forensic Certificate in Human Services

Click here to access general application form.

Click here to access Santa Clara County form.

Visit the Forensic Website: http://www.sjsu.edu/workforce/programs/fhs/index.html