Certificates and Credentials


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

* We are now accepting applications for our Summer 2021 session.  The application deadline is Friday April 2nd, 2021 for our Summer 2021 session.

*Please note that due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and shelter in place in California we are advising all applicants to submit their applications by April 2nd electronically to:

Social Work Post Masters Mailbox <socialwork-post-masters@sjsu.edu>

This change is to ensure the health and safety of our applicants and to facilitate timely admissions with all faculty currently working remotely. Electronic transcript submissions will be accepted instead of hard copies. Students who already mailed in their applications are advised to also submit their application to the email address above. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility during this ever changing time. We do still anticipate being able to offer fall courses, due to the online nature of the PM PPSC program. We will post updates here if there are any changes.  

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)

Graduates of our PPSC programs will qualify to be credentialed as school social workers by the state of California. This PPSC is only valid in California. The PPSC is obtained in School Social Work and Child Welfare and Attendance. 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. 

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.

(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 master's degrees from other fields (i.e., MFTs, MAs, etc.).

* The application deadline is Friday, April 2nd for our upcoming summer session with courses starting early June 2021.

Please refer to the following documents:

a) Post-Masters PSSC Program Application Process [pdf]
b) Post-Masters PPSC Application Form [pdf]
c) Post-Masters PPSC Application Checklist [pdf]
d) Post-Masters PPSC FAQs [pdf]

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.

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

We expect that future application periods will also be offered:

- July 9th, 2021 application deadline for Fall 2021 session start

- October 22nd, 2021 application deadline for Spring 2022 session start

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 (offered near the time of 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.