Social Work Pupil Personnel Services Credential Program (SWRK PPSC)

Certificate Sacramento2 months

Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Social Work

Overview

Position yourself now for an in-demand career. Careers in school social work are expected to grow 12 percent by 2024.*

CCE proudly offers a post-master’s Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPSC) in School Social Work (SSW), in partnership with the College of Health and Human Services at Sacramento State.

School social work is a challenging yet rewarding profession. In schools, social workers often serve as the liaison between parents/guardians, the school administration and the community. School social workers collaborate with parents, guardians, teachers and other school officials to support students in reaching their academic and personal potential.

In addition, they address problems such as misconduct, truancy, teenage pregnancy and adolescent substance abuse. School social workers serve as a resource to teachers for behavior and classroom management skills. School social workers may also offer teacher and student workshops.

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Published December 17, 2015.

Benefits

  • Small class sizes
  • Intensive Saturday format offered each summer
  • Only two courses required, plus fieldwork

This program is fully accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Audience

This program is intended for those who wish to earn a credential in school social work. For more information about credentialing options, please visit the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

> Post-Graduate Applicants

Social work professionals who have a Master’s in Social Work (MSW) from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited school may apply to this program. Transcripts must reflect coursework in social work practice with diverse populations.

If you are graduating with your MSW in Spring 2017, you may apply to the program. We are not accepting current MSW students from universities outside of Sacramento State at this time. 

> Current Master in Social Work Students at Sacramento State

MSW I Students: Please visit the Division of Social Work for program requirements and application instructions.

MSW II Students: MSW II students who will be graduating in May 2017 and are interested in the PPSC in SSW program must complete the post-Master in Social Work application.

Structure

The following two courses are required:

  • SWRK 238A – Issues and Practice in Schools – Macro (3 units)

Introduces the student to the field of school social work in its dynamic social, educational, legal, political, and human complexity. Examines the challenges of rapid social and demographic change in California as well as the need for restructuring education and innovative responses. NOTE: required for Pupil Personnel Services Credential.

  • SWRK 238B – Issues and Practice in Schools – Micro (3 units)

Continuation of SWRK 238A, course examines classroom management, case assessment, alternative education practices, discipline and attendance law, impediments to individual development as well as case studies, interagency collaboration, new community partnerships, and media and high technology uses. NOTE: required for Pupil Personnel Services Credential.

Plus 450 clock hours of school-based practice under a qualified person holding a PPS certification. Please visit our FAQ section for additional information.

NOTE: Students are required to find their own placements if they have not completed their fieldwork hours. We do not assist with finding fieldwork placements.

Licensure/Credentialing

Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential.  Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., social security number or tax payer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check.  Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements.  The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs, to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements.  Information concerning licensure and credentialing requirements are available from Dale Russell, 6000 J Street, Mariposa Hall 4040, Sacramento, CA 95819, 916-278-6913.

Fees

Coursework

Each course is $425* per unit x 3 units = $1,275 per course.

$1,275 per course x 2 courses = $2,550.

Fees are due at the time of registration. You may register for one course at a time.

Fieldwork

There is an additional field administrative/verification fee of $1275 that is due after acceptance into the program and before the summer courses begin. 

Credential

Once you complete the coursework, fieldwork and have applied for your credential, the Credentials Office will inform you about the state commission fees.

*Prices subject to change

Schedule

CCE offers the two required courses in the summer term only.

Each course meets at the College of Continuing Education from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on five Saturdays. Classes will meet on the following tentative dates for summer 2017:

SWRK 238A: June 3, June 10, June 17, June 24, July 8

SWRK 238B: July 22, July 29, August 5, August 12, August 19

Course Listing

PPSC Courses

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