Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Social Work

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Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Social Work


School social work (SSW) 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 other school officials to support students in reaching their academic and personal potential.

Completion of the Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPSC) certificate will allow school social workers to serve as a resource to teachers for behavior and classroom management skills, and to gain the tools needed to address challenges and promote student success.

CCE proudly offers the 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.


  • Small class sizes
  • Intensive class format offered on Saturdays in summer
  • Only two courses required in addition to fieldwork
  • Gain additional skills to excel in an educational setting
  • Program fully accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing


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.

To apply to this program, you must have your Master in Social Work from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited program. No other master’s degrees will be accepted. 

Before submitting documentation toward your PPS credential, you must have completed a minimum of 45 semester units or 67.5 quarter units of post-baccalaureate study.

> Post-Graduate Applicants

Social work professionals who have a Masters in Social Work (MSW) from a regionally accredited college or university may apply to this program. Transcripts must reflect coursework in social work practice with diverse populations.

If you are graduating with your MSW in the spring prior to the summer cohort start, 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 Students: MSW students graduating in spring may successfully complete the degree requirements for MSW and PPSC in SSW program concurrently. 


This program is delivered in person each Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 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. Students must complete fieldwork hours in California and within three years of enrolling in the program to apply for the PPS credential. 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 offer placement support to our students through advising, connecting with employers, and creating legal agreements for our students to be placed at schools. Consultation is available to support the completion of the field experience. 


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 taxpayer 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 the School of Social Work, 6000 J Street, Mariposa Hall 4010, Sacramento, CA 95819, 916-278-6913.



Please note the recent increase in the price of course fees.

Each course is $510* per unit x 3 units = $1,530 per course.

$1,530 per course x 2 courses = $3,060.

Fees are due 14 days after each course begins. You may register for one course at a time.


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


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: Summer 2024

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

Each course normally meets in person at the College of Continuing Education from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on five consecutive Saturdays. 

2024 in-person Saturday class meeting dates:

     SWRK 238A – 6/1, 6/8/, 6/15, 6/22, 6/29

     SWRK 238B – 7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 8/3, 8/10