M.S. in Counseling and Pupil Personnel Services

with PPS Credential

This degree prepares you to provide counseling and support services to students at K-12 grade levels, as well as positions in higher education. The PPS Credential in School Counseling is required for work in K-12 public schools.

You may specialize in School Counseling, and then add the Child Welfare and Attendance specialization that offers additional training in working with those students most at-risk for school failure. 

After completion, you will be eligible for the Clear Pupil Personnel Services Credential offered by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Open House

Open House Reception

Join us for an open house reception to learn more about our programs and get answers to your individual questions in an informal setting. Thursday, April 19, 2018 from 6-8pm at Mediterraneo in Westlake Village. This event is open to all prospective and newly admitted Graduate School of Education students.

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Quick Facts

Program Units
Average Duration
2½ years
On-campus, full-time or part-time course load 
Course Availability

Fall and Spring 15-week semesters with Summer sessions

  • Thousand Oaks
  • Oxnard
2017-18 Cost

$730 per credit

$35,770 base cost


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Featured Course

EDCG 581: Diverse Perspectives in Education and Culturally Proficient Leadership

This foundational course explores the history of diversity and multicultural education, and introduces the conceptual framework of Cultural Proficiency as a lens for counselors in promoting equitable practices for all students in educational settings.

Child Welfare and Attendance Specialization

Current students and alumni of the Pupil Personnel Services program may obtain this optional specialization.

This course emphasizes school, home, and community factors contributing to school attendance, related laws, and intervention programs designed to enhance attendance and school safety.

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