May 24, 2019  
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2017-2018 
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School Counseling, M.A. with Pupil Personnel Services Credential, P.P.S.

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: School of Education

Contact Information

Program Director: Sheri A. Atwater

Assistant Director: Catherine M. Foote

Academic Advisor: Danielle West


The Master of Arts in School Counseling program is a 48-semester-hour combined degree/credential program. It is designed for candidates who plan to serve as School Counselors in a California K-12 public or private school setting. As a combined program, it incorporates the required courses and fieldwork experiences mandated by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) for the Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential. As such, candidates in this program do not pursue other specializations. Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for the California PPS credential but not for the licensure as an Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). The program leading to the School Counseling credential is approved by the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Admissions Requirements

  • Graduate Application
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • 2 sealed, Official Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
    • Bachelor’s degree conferral must be verified on transcript
  • Technology Form
  • CTC Certificate of Clearance
  • California Basic Education Skills Test official score report
  • Statement of Intent addressing:
    • The characteristics the applicant possesses that he or she thinks will make him or her an effective counselor;
    • In what specific ways does the LMU Counseling Program help the applicant achieve his or her professional goals;
    • The applicant’s commitment towards preparing himself or herself to be an effective counselor, including devoting the required time and financial planning to a culminating internship in the field, and becoming active in related professional organizations (e.g., CALPCC, CASC, ASCA);
    • The applicant’s work or volunteer experiences with individuals from diverse backgrounds (e.g., culture, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, social class, and/or children/adults with disabilities);
    • The applicant’s perspective on multiculturalism and social justice, as outlined in the School of Education’s REAL conceptual framework;
    • A bulleted list (to be included at the end of Statement of Intent) indicating a) positions held, b) length of time/duration, c) supervisor name/contact information, and d) volunteer or paid positions.
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0, or a 3.05 in the last 60 undergraduate units, or a 3.0 in at least 9 graduate units is required.
  • For applicants who completed an undergraduate/graduate degree outside of the U.S.A.:
    • Transcript evaluations
    • TOEFL or IELTS minimum score

Degree Requirements

Total: 48 semester hours

Additional Requirements

  • Candidate Disposition Forms
    • 2 total, each from a program faculty member with whom the candidate has taken a course
  • Fieldwork I Application form
  • Pre-Practicum Documentation Log
  • Counseling Organization Membership
  • Proof of Liability Insurance with Counseling Organization
  • Fieldwork Planning Document
  • Approval of Fieldwork Site
    • Candidates seeking the Pupil Personnel Services Credential must complete their fieldwork at an approved school site. 
  • Completion of all courses prior to enrollment in Comprehensive Exam with the exception of:

Credential Requirements

  • To apply for the Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential, candidates must complete their fieldwork at an approved school site.
  • All above-listed coursework and program requirements are needed to be eligible for credential recommendation.

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: School of Education