Apr 13, 2024  
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2019-2020 
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Child Welfare Attendance Supplemental Authorization Certification (CWA)

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Contact Information

Program Director: Sheri A. Atwater

CWA Fieldwork Liaison: Marla Dietz

Associate Director: Catherine M. Foote

Academic Advisor: Danielle West


The Child Welfare Attendance Add-On authorization is recognized by the State of California, Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC), as a program option for P.P.S. credential-held practitioners in School Counseling, School Psychology, or School Social Work. Practitioners who hold a valid P.P.S. Credential with an Option in School Counseling/School Psychology/School Social Work and CWA provide child welfare attendance and related services in addition to their main role or function within a school district.

Program Outcomes

As a result of this training program, students will:

  • Know state laws applicable to Child Welfare and Attendance
  • Design prevention and intervention strategies for addressing child welfare and truancy in order to reduce student barriers to learning
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of prevention and intervention strategies for addressing child welfare and attendance issues
  • Value and understand strengths of prevention and intervention strategies for addressing child welfare and attendance issues
  • Understand limitations, including contextual and societal barriers, of prevention and intervention strategies for addressing child welfare and attendance issues
  • Value using prevention and intervention strategies to benefit students, their families and community

Program Admissions Requirements

  • Applicants must either be currently enrolled in one of our 2 LMU PPS (School Counseling or School Psychology) programs, currently enrolled in fieldwork courses for the PPS credential at a regionally accredited-institution, or already possess a valid PPS credential.
  • A minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 and previous experience with students in schools, and an understanding and implicit agreement with the LMU mission and SOE Conceptual Framework
  • All applicants are required to submit a personal statement addressing their background and interest in the field, official transcripts, a copy of their current, valid PPS credential (if a PPS credential holder), and 2 letters of recommendation attesting to their academic and personal qualifications for success in this graduate program.

Program Requirements

Additional Requirements

  • To “add on” this optional CWA authorization to their existing P.P.S. credential, all candidates will be required to take the CWA coursework over the span of 1-2 semesters while concurrently enrolled in their culminating Fieldwork PPS school placement or (if a PPS credential holder) currently employed as a school counselor/psychologist/social worker in a local school district. While enrolled in PPS Fieldwork (6 units over 2 semesters), students are allowed to take one additional course (3 units) per semester; thus, current LMU students would be advised to take the first 3-unit content course for CWA during FW 1; and the other during FW 2, IF they opt to gain this added authorization.
  • Students will not be advised or allowed to take a semester “off” from their degree program in order to complete this supplemental authorization, as it is dependent upon concurrent enrollment in their PPS Fieldwork courses (or current employment in a school district in a PPS position as a school counselor, administrator, psychologist, or social worker if a valid credential holder). The CWA Program is not a substitute for the students’ regular program but in addition to it; it is their choice to take this additional coursework in order to improve job opportunities in the field.

Total: 9 semester hours

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