Certificates and Credentials

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The following certificates and credential are available for both 3-year and full-time students who meet specified requirements. Students should notify the MSW Admissions Director or the MSW Graduate Advisor regarding their particular interest prior to entry into the MSW Program.

Spanish Language Counseling Certificate

This certificate 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 SW224, 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).

Certificate in Gerontology

Requirements: ScWk 250, ScWk 251, Gero 260, Gero elective course, and a second year internship in an aging-focused services agency. (In partnership with the SJSU Gerontology Program)

Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPSC)

The Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPSC) may be obtained by MSW graduates who pass the CBEST and who meet the PPSC program requirements. The PPSC is obtained in School Social Work and Child Welfare and Attendance. Students must accept placement in an approved PPSC program school setting for their second year practicum.

Post-Masters, School of Social Work Program

The School of Social Work (SSW) is proud to announce the launching of an online postmaster’s credentialing program for Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPSC).  Graduates of the program will qualify to be credentialed as school social workers by the state of California.
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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.