CA PPS Credential

CALIFORNIA COMMISSION ON TEACHER CREDENTIALING  (CTC)

Commission on Teacher Credentialing
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Sacramento, CA 95811-4213

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The Specialization in School Social Work authorizes the holder to perform the following duties:

  • Assess home, school, personal, and community factors that may affect a student’s learning
  • Identify and provide intervention strategies for children and their families, including counseling, case management, and crisis intervention
  • Consult with teachers, administrators, and other school staff regarding social and emotional needs of students
  • Coordinate family, school, and community resources on behalf of students

Requirements for the Specialization in School Social Work (for those prepared in California)
Individuals must satisfy all of the following requirements:

  1. A baccalaureate degree or higher, except in professional education, from a regionally-accredited college or university
  2. Complete post baccalaureate degree study consisting of a minimum of 45 semester units in a Commission-approved professional preparation program specializing in school social work, including a practicum with school-aged children
  3. Obtain the recommendation of a California college or university with a Commission-approved Pupil Personnel Services program specializing in school social work. This process will result in the college or university submitting the recommendation online.
  4. Complete the Basic Skills Requirement. See Commission leaflet CL-667, entitled Basic Skills Requirement for additional information.
  5. Complete the Live Scan fingerprint process (form 41-LS)
  6. Pay the application processing fee (see Fee Information leaflet CL-659) once the recommendation has been submitted online by the college or university. Individuals will be notified via email that the application has been submitted and is awaiting payment in a secured database.

Requirements for the Specialization in School Social Work (for those prepared outside of California)
Individuals must satisfy all of the following requirements:

  1. A baccalaureate degree or higher, except in professional education, from a regionally-accredited college or university
  2. Complete a professional program of post baccalaureate degree study consisting of a minimum of 45 semester units specializing in school social work, including a supervised field experience with school-age children
    • A letter verifying field experience must be on original, official letterhead from the college or university’s education department and must accompany the application packet
    • Applicants must verify eligibility for the equivalent credential authorization. A photocopy of the out-of-state credential is acceptable verification of this requirement, as is as is an eligibility letter from the institution where the program was completed or the state agency responsible for issuing the certificate.
    • If the out-of-state preparation does not fit this pattern, the applicant must contact a California college or university with a Commission-approved school social work program for an evaluation and formal recommendation
  3. Satisfy the Basic Skills Requirement. See Commission leaflet CL-667, entitled Basic Skills Requirement for additional information. Out-of-state prepared applicants who have not satisfied the basic skills requirement may contact their California employer about the possibility of obtaining a One-Year Nonrenewable (OYNR) Credential pending the completion of the basic skills requirement.
  4. Completed application (form 41-4), and, if not previously submitted to the Commission, a completed Live Scan receipt (form 41-LS). Out-of-state residents must submit two fingerprint cards (FD-258) in lieu of a Live Scan receipt. If submitting fingerprint cards, current fingerprint processing fees must accompany the application packet.
  5. Application processing fee (see Fee Information leaflet CL-659)