How to Apply
Applications for Summer 2021 open January 2021


Program Eligibility

To apply to this program, you must meet ONE of the following criteria:

  • already possess your Master of Social Work degree, or
  • currently be enrolled in the Sacramento State’s Master of Social Work program, or
  • expect to graduate from another university with a Master of Social Work degree the spring in which applications are due 

Please see our PPSC Eligibility infographic for a visual explanation. 

We will not accept any other degrees or licenses. Please see the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing Requirements for more information.

Application Process

We will begin accepting applications on January 4, 2021. The deadline to submit your application is March 30, 2021. A complete application packet includes the following:

All of the above items are necessary for a complete application.

The statement, reference letters, and grids may be uploaded electronically with the PPSC online application or may be sent via the upload link provided in the application submission confirmation email.

Current Sacramento State MSW students must complete and submit all above items (except Sacramento State transcripts) using the PPSC online application. Additionally, they must also complete a Declaration of Intent and email Dale Russell at for an advising session before their application can be processed. (All other applicants may skip this step.)

Official Transcript Submission

Electronic Transcripts

For electronic transcripts submission systems that allow you to enter an e-mail address, please use the following e-mail address:

Physical Transcripts

Physical transcripts, for those institutions that do not send official transcripts electronically, can be addressed to:

Attn: PPSC program
College of Continuing Education
3000 State University Drive
Sacramento, CA 95819-6103


A $50 application-processing fee will be collected after eligibility has been determined.


If you have not completed all 450 hours of your fieldwork by the application deadline, you may still apply to the program following the steps above. 

If you have completed all 450 hours of your fieldwork, please see the Checklist of Fieldwork Paperwork and submit the appropriate fieldwork paperwork with your application.

Although not required, students are highly encouraged to complete the LiveScan and receive your Certificate of Clearance as soon as possible. 

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.

Please click the “Applying for the Credential” tab here: