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PPS Credential Overview

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(pdf, updated 10/8/2014)

The School of Social Work is accredited by the State of California Department of Education to offer the Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Social Work and the Pupil Personnel Services Credential in Child Welfare and Attendance.

The credentials can be awarded under two conditions:

  1. As part of the regular MSW program being completed during the second year of coursework. Students would be assigned to a second year SW 750A (Direct Practice / Children, Youth, and Families) advanced field practicum internship in an approved and supervised school placement. In addition, students must take SW 758 (School Social Work) as their fall elective course and SW 758 (Practice in the Educational Arena) as their spring elective course.
  2. As a Post MSW student through the College of Extended Studies. Interested professionals must contact the PPS Coordinator and apply for the program which consists of 14 units, taken over two semesters beginning in the fall of each year. The program includes SW 758 (School of Social Work – 3 units), SW 758 (Practice in the Educational Arena-3 units) and SW 750A (4 units each semester) SW 750A is a 20-hour per week internship held during the academic year (beginning the end of August through mid-May) and is required to accumulate the necessary time for the credentials.

A detailed description may be found in the Social Work section of the SDSU Graduate Bulletin. Included are admission requirements, detailed program requirements, and course and electives listings.


For further information, please contact Amalia Hernandez, PPS Coordinator, 619-594-6259, or email:






last updated: 10/8/2014