School Counseling, & Pupil Personnel Services Credential


Course Title Units
COUN 700 Theories of Counseling 3
COUN 702 Development Foundations for Counselors 3
COUN 703 Psychological Foundations for Counselors 3
COUN 705 Practicum and Internship 3
COUN 706 Counseling Process 3
COUN 715 Assessment in Counseling 3
COUN 716 Professional Seminar I - Structual Elements 3
COUN 717 Professional Seminar II - Functional Elements 3
COUN 718 Professional Seminar III - Professional Issues 3
COUN 720 Career Counseling 3
COUN 736 Advanced Counseling Process and Internship 3
COUN 741 Crisis Counseling 3
COUN 794 Seminar in Research 3
COUN 811 Group Counseling Process 3
COUN 833 Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling 3
COUN 857 Law and Ethics in Counseling 3
COUN 890 Integrative Counseling 3
COUN 891 Case Studies and Internship 3
COUN 892 Culminating Experience 3

Elective (Choose one of the following two courses)

Course Title Units
COUN 738 Addiction 3
COUN 858 Couple and Family Counseling I 3
  Minimum Total 60

School Counseling Specialization Faculty

Dr. Patricia Van Velsor (coordinator)


The School Counseling Program

School Counseling is a program of professional specialization/ emphasis concerned with assisting students in public and private schools (Grades PK–12) with effective counseling and guidance programs and services that are designated to meet students' personal, social and career needs. The program is designed to expose students to both didactic and experiential learning. The program's focus is on children and adolescents becoming functional in a learning environment utilizing both preventative and intervention strategies.

The program may be completed in two years fulltime or may be taken on a part-time basis. The program consists of 60 units. While much of the course work is generic in nature and, thus, common to all counseling majors, some generic courses have specific sections reserved for School Counseling majors and some courses are unique to the School Counseling program. The School Counseling curriculum is a component within the Department of Counseling with all of the required coursework being offered through the department. Students may combine the School Counseling program with other specializations'/ emphases within the Department of Counseling. Graduates will be recommended for a PPS credential in school counseling to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing upon completion of all credentialing requirements.

Field Practice

Practical experience in the field of school counseling is integrated with academic study throughout the program. During the first year, each student spends 12 hours a week in supervised practice in a school setting. In the second year, each student spends 16 hour per week in supervised fieldwork in a different school setting. The state-mandated requirements are as follows:

Each candidate in field practice must demonstrate knowledge and skill in areas of educational assessment, personal and social counseling, academic and career counseling, program development, program coordination and supervision, consultation, legal aspects and professional ethics.

  • A minimum of six hundred (600) clock hours of field practice are required in a PK–12 school setting in direct contact with pupils.
  • Fieldwork shall be provided in at least two of three settings (elementary, middle and/or high school) with a minimum of 200 hours at each setting.
  • At least 100 clock hours shall be with at least ten (10) pupils (individually and/or in a group) of a racial/ethnic background different from that of the candidate.
  • A minimum of 20 clock hours will involve group counseling and guidance activities in a school setting.

Credential Requirements

The following state mandated requirements for anyone applying for a credential in a California public school must be completed by the student in a timely fashion. There will be no reminder given by the department and it is the student's responsibility to address these requirements in a timely manner.

  • Fingerprinting (application for character and identification clearance). This must be done before starting to work in any California public school. The forms are available in the Credential Services in the College of Education.
  • You are required to show evidence that you have had a current TB test with negative results.
  • You are required to have passed the CBEST before your credential is approved. It is strongly recommended by the Department of Counseling that you take this test either before or soon after starting our program.
  • You must pay a credential processing fee to the Credential Services in the School of Education.
  • You are required to submit a CAP (Credential Approved Program) accompanied by one (1) official transcript. This must be submitted to the Counseling Department.
  • You are further required to submit to the Credential Services in the School of Education one (1) unofficial transcript during your final semester at SFSU.
  • The final step is completion of your official Credential application with accompanying fee that is sent to the Commission on Teacher Credentialling. The final document will not be issued to you by the Credential Services until all of the above items have been completed.

Upon completion of this course of study, students will be recommended by the Department of Counseling at San Francisco State University for the California State Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling. Any questions regarding your credential after you leave the university should be directed to:


State of California – Commission of Teacher Credentialing

P.O. Box 944270 (1900 Capital Avenue)

Sacramento, California 94244-2700


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