Pupil Personnel Services Credential

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The Post-Master Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPSC), designed for professionals with an MSW, qualifies you for certification with the state of California as a school social worker. This 10-credit program includes four units of externship done in a school setting.

Prepare yourself for a rewarding career supporting students as a school social worker with the PPSC. This opportunity is available for qualified professionals in California with an MSW, currently working in social work. School social workers help students achieve their full potential in the school setting and work closely to enhance their well-being at home and within the community.

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Program Features

Online classes

Learn from anywhere in California. Six of the ten credits are completed online.

School internship

The four-credit field experience is completed in person in your California location. It prepares you with skills to promote and support student’s academic and social successes.

Two areas

Successfully completing this program makes you eligible to apply for the California State PPSC in two areas: 1) School Social Work and 2) Child Welfare & Attendance.

Social work ranking

SJSU is voted #5 in College Factual’s 2023 list of best California Social Work schools.

Career Opportunities

  • The BLS projects an increase in child, family, and school social worker careers between 2018-28, with 24,800 new jobs added during that time.
  • According to indeed.com social workers in California make on average 15% more than those in other states. 

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