University PPSC Programs

 

PPSC Program Description for the University of California, Berkeley

Acceptance Process for the PPSC Program

Usually, at the end of the first semester of their first year in the MSW program, students submit a goals statement which is reviewed by the PPSC committee for approval to join the PPSC program.  Students who apply in the second year follow the same procedure, but acceptance is contingent on having already obtained a field placement that fulfills the PPSC field requirements.  All students other than those in the Gerontology Concentration may apply to be in the PPSC program.

Courses Students Must Take to be Eligible for the PPSC

Students in the Children and Families Concentration must take all of the Foundation MSW classes, SW 250T, “Social Work Practice in School Settings” and SW 232, “Social Work and Education Policy.”

Students from the Community Mental Health; Health; and Management and Planning Concentrations must take those courses and two required courses in the Children and Families Concentration – SW 243, “Direct Practice in Children and Family Settings” and SW 230, “Social Policy with Children and Families” as well as SW 250T, “Social Work Practice in School Settings” and SW 232, “Social Work and Education Policy.”

PPSC Field Placement Experience Requirements

We have the same requirements as all PPSC programs regarding Field Instructor qualifications, the number of field hours, and the types of expected experiences.

Additional University-Specific Requirements for the PPSC

We require only the above described course work and field experiences.

School District Placement Sites

We have students in school districts throughout the Bay Area. We most frequently place students in Berkeley Unified School District, Oakland Unified School District, Mt Diablo Unified School District, San Francisco Unified School District, West Contra Costa Unified School District, Castro Valley Unified School District.  We have students in school districts as far north as San Rafael and as far south as San Jose. We have also had students placed in programs in Alameda and Contra Costa  County Offices of Education.

Number of Students Typically in the PPSC Program

We currently have 15-20 students from each MSW class participating in the PPSC program.

Description of Post-Master’s PPSC program

For social work professionals who already hold a Master’s in Social Work (MSW) degree from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)-accredited graduate program, Berkeley Social Welfare offers a post-master’s PPSC program leading to eligibility for the PPS Credentials. Applicants to the Post-Master’s PPSC Program must have an MSW degree from a CSWE-accredited program, which must include documented coursework in social work practice with diverse populations.

Candidates must complete two required courses in order to be eligible for the PPSC:

  1. SOC WEL 250T:      Social Work Practice in School Settings (2 units)
  2. SOC WEL 232:         Social Work and Education Policy (2 units)

Course descriptions are available online from the General CatalogCandidates in the post-master’s PPSC program register for and take both required courses through Berkeley Summer Sessions.  For information about course schedules, registration and fees, please visit Berkeley Summer Sessions.

Candidates must have either have completed the necessary field experience required for the PPSC, while in their MSW program or after receiving an MSW, or be in process of completing field experience through employment in a public school setting that meets the CTC field experience requirements for the PPS credentials.

Candidates are responsible for securing their own internship/field placement to obtain the required field experience.  Berkeley Social Welfare does NOT offer field placements to, or provide any liaison assistance, oversight, or liability insurance coverage for post-master’s students, who do not register or pay for field practicum credit.

PPSC Program Contact Person

Robert H. Ayasse, LCSW, PPSC rayasse@berkeley.edu 510- 642-0303

 

PPSC Program Description for California State University, Long Beach

Acceptance Process for the PPSC Program

All students in the Children, Youth and Family (CYF) Concentration, with the exception of CalSWEC and distance education students, are eligible for the PPSC program. Students must be accepted into the MSW Program and successfully completed their first year in field.  Students must attend a PPSC orientation and complete an application form.

Courses Students Must Take to be Eligible for the PPSC

Students must take all of the required courses for the CYF Concentration.  In addition, they must successfully complete SW665 prior to or concurrently with their school field placement.

PPSC Field Placement Experience Requirements

We have the same requirements as all PPSC programs regarding Field Instructor qualifications, the number of field hours, and the types of expected experiences

Additional University-Specific Requirements for the PPSC

Students must attend four specialized seminars throughout the year.  These topics vary but are designed to cover specific areas from the PPSC state standards.

School District Placement Sites

Students are placed in Los Angeles Unified, Long Beach Unified, Pasadena Unified, Anaheim Unified, Redondo Beach School District, Magnolia School District, Vista Unified, and Baldwin Park Unified.

Number of Students Typically in the PPSC Program

There are approximately 30 students per academic year.

Description of Post-Master’s PPSC program

Potential participants are required to fill out an application which covers educational and work experiences.  These applications are screened for verification of:  1) MSW degree, 2) children, youth and families area of concentration or one year of post-master’s work with children, youth and families, and 3) school social work experience with children.  Transcripts, fingerprinting, a background clearance check and a letter from the field instructor are all required.  They must take and pass the C-BEST as well as complete 600 hours of field placement in a school setting under the supervision of a person with a PPS credential in school social work.  The school social work class can be waived only if they have taken the class during their graduate work.  If necessary, we will locate a field placement site for the participant. We have had 31 post-Masters MSW students successfully receive their credential.

PPSC Program Contact Person

Rebecca Sander PhD, MSW,  PPSC Program Coordinator (562) 985-8178, Rebecca.Sander@csulb.edu

 

PPSC Program Description for California State University, Fresno

Acceptance Process for the PPSC Program

Admission to the M.S.W. Program at California State University, Fresno and a declaration of interest in the PPSC program during the application process for the second year practicum is required. All MSW students who meet the clearance requirements for public schools are eligible to apply The C-BEST and application for Character and Identification Clearance must be completed prior to enrollment in SWrk 281:  Advanced Field Instructed Practice I.  If the student does not pass the CBEST, he/she must make an appointment for advising with the PPS Coordinator. Students will not be allowed to begin field-instructed practice in the schools until they have obtained a Certificate of Clearance from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Courses Students Must Take to be Eligible for the PPSC

Students must complete all of the required courses for the M.S.W. degree and SWrk 274, “Advanced Social Work Practice in Schools I” (3 units) and SWrk 275, “Advanced Social Work Practice in Schools II” (3 units).

PPSC Field Placement Experience Requirements

The PPS field placement requirements include completion of 450 clock hours of field placement experience doing school-based practice supervised by a credentialed MSW practitioner. One hundred clock hours should be with at least ten pupils of a racial/ethnic background different from that of the candidate. Hours shall be provided in at least two of the four settings (preschool, elementary, middle, high school), with a minimum of 100 clock hours at each setting. Completion of 150 clock hours of field placement experience in child welfare and attendance supervised by a credentialed MSW practitioner is also required for the additional specialization in CWA. Ninety (90) clock hours must be school based; 30-60 of the 150 clock hours must be in interdisciplinary experiences in a setting outside the field of education and will be arranged for each individual PPS placement. Students interested in both the school social work and child welfare and attendance specializations will need to complete a total of 600 hours of field placement which is the same hour requirement for all MSW 2 students.

Additional University-Specific Requirements for the PPSC

Students who participate in the PPSC program with specializations in school social work and child welfare attendance may also elect to obtain an additional specialization in school counseling through the Kremen School of Education and Human Development.  An application for this program may be obtained from the Department of Social Work Education secretary under the label “School Social Work Only.”  Students must complete their program admission requirements and take three classes:  Coun 203, “Assessment in Counseling”; Coun 220, “Career Development Theory”; and, Coun 240, “Counseling Exceptional Children and Their Parents.”  PPSC candidates from the Department of Social Work Education are required to be cleared by the PPS Coordinator in order to secure their enrollment in these courses.  The minimum hours of field experience at each developmental level is 200 clock hours for those candidates who pursue the additional specialization in school counseling.

School District Placement Sites

We place in school districts throughout the Central San Joaquin valley, including Fresno Unified, Clovis Unified, Sanger Unified, Kings Canyon Unified, as well as more rural areas such as Tulare, Woodlake and Central Union school districts.

Number of Students Typically in the PPSC Program

The average number of MSW students who elect to participate in the PPS Credential program each year is 20-25.

Description of Post-Master’s PPSC program

CSU, Fresno does not have a Post-Master’s PPSC program.

PPSC Program Contact Person

Andrea Carlin, LCSW, PPSC   Field Coordinator, PPS Program Coordinator (559) 278-3039

 

PPSC Program Description for California State University, San Jose

Acceptance Process for the PPSC Program

All students admitted to the MSW program are eligible to become a PPSC candidate. The student must (a) be in the MSW program; (b) fill out a notice of intent to become a candidate for the PPSC; (c) be interviewed by the coordinator of the PPSC program; (d) take the CBEST, (they do not have to pass the CBEST to be a candidate but they MUST pass the CBEST to apply for the PPSC Credential) and (e) apply for and receive a Certificate of Clearance from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Courses Students Must Take to be Eligible for the PPSC

In addition to the required MSW courses, the classes for the PPSC specialization are SW 272, “School Social Work,” only offered during the summer and SW 263, “Child Welfare Law,” included during the summer and in the second-year MSW program. The student must be in a school placement and supervised by an MSW, PPSC.

PPSC Field Placement Experience Requirements

We have the same requirements as all PPSC programs regarding Field Instructor qualifications, the number of field hours, and the types of expected experiences.  For the PPSC, the first-year MSW field placement must be in a child/family serving agency. The second-year MSW placement must be on a school site. Exceptions to this are for Title IV-E students.

Additional University-Specific Requirements for the PPSC

None.

School District Placement Sites

We presently place students in Monterey County, Santa Cruz City Schools, San Jose Unified, Achieve a CBO serving Palo Alto Schools, East Side Union High School District, Mount Pleasant School District located in East side San Jose, Oakland Unified School District, San Francisco Unified School District, Sunnyvale School District, San Mateo County serving a number of school districts in San Mateo County, East Bay Agency for Children serving schools in Hayward, Pleasanton, Livermore and Fremont, and Castro Valley Unified School District.

Number of Students Typically in the PPSC Program

We typically have between 16 and 25 students in each graduating class.

Description of Post-Master’s PPSC program

None currently but 57 MSWs earned their PPSC in past years.  The program is under consideration to restart.

PPSC Program Contact Person

Dr. Jacky Bloom, Director of Field Education/Coordinator of the School Social Work Program School of Social Work, San Jose State University One Washington Square San Jose, CA 95192-0124  SJSU Office 408-924-5846.

Rachel Bull Ghezzi, LCSW, PPSC is the Faculty Field Liaison and can be reached via email Rachel.bull@sjsu.edu

 

PPSC Program Description for California State University, San Francisco

Acceptance Process for the PPSC Program

To be eligible, enrolled MSW students must speak to the PPSC coordinator and the Field Director at the school and complete an application.

Courses Students Must Take to be Eligible for the PPSC

In addition to the required MSW courses, PPSC students must take SW 865. “Social Work Practice in School Settings” and SW 760, “Social Work and the Law.”

PPSC Field Placement Experience Requirements

We have the same requirements as all PPSC programs regarding Field Instructor qualifications, the number of field hours, and the types of expected experiences.

Additional University-Specific Requirements for the PPSC

PPSC students must meet with the PPSC Coordinator in the Spring of their second year to review credential paperwork. They must have the Verification of Standards form signed by their PPSC field instructor.

School District Placement Sites

We place students in all of the neighboring Bay Area school districts including but not limited to, San Francisco Unified, Oakland Unified, Berkeley, Jefferson, and San Jose.

Number of Students Typically in the PPSC Program

We typically have between 10 and 12 students each academic year.

Description of Post-Master’s PPSC program

Interested candidates need to email the PPSC coordinator. A summer cohort of Post-MSW PPSC candidates takes place June-July yearly. Two courses are offered for seven weeks. The SW 865 class convenes Monday and Wednesday evenings, SW 760 Tuesday and Thursday nights. Applications are available February/March. http://socwork.sfsu.edu/PPSC.

PPSC Program Contact Person

Christina Feliciana, MSW, PPSC  PPSC Coordinator/Lecturer 1600 Holloway Ave. Room 217 San Francisco, CA 94132 Email: cfeli@sfsu.edu

 

PPSC Program Description for the University of California, Los Angeles

Acceptance Process for the PPSC Program

Eligible PPSC students must be a second-year student in our MSW program, in either Families and Children’s or Mental Health Concentration.  Students must be interviewed and be accepted by an approved PPSC placement.

Courses Students Must Take to be Eligible for the PPSC

In addition to all required MSW courses, PPSC students must take SW231A, SW231B “School Social Work,” SW202B, “Child Psychopathology,” and a policy course in the School of Education.

PPSC Field Placement Experience Requirements

We have the same requirements as all PPSC programs regarding Field Instructor qualifications, the number of field hours, and the types of expected experiences.   Activities must include individual, group, family, teacher consultation, school community collaboration, and CWA activities.  If the Field Instructor does not have a PPSC, a preceptor who has the PPSC must provide additional supervision.

Additional University-Specific Requirements for the PPSC

If seminars are held, students are expected to attend.

School District Placement Sites

We place in Los Angeles USD, Long Beach USD, Santa Monica-Malibu USD, Redondo Beach USD, East Whittier City USD, Anaheim Union High SD and agencies that contract with school districts.

Number of Students Typically in the PPSC Program

We typically have between 10 and 20 students each academic year.

Description of Post-Master’s PPSC program

Candidates should contact Gerry Laviña at glavina@ucla.edu for an information sheet and checklist—the returned checklist will act as the application to the program.  Screening is done by reviewed the checklists which outlines the curriculum, field experience or other criteria the candidate has fulfilled or needs to complete.  UCLA may be able to assist with identifying a field experience site.  Please note that the core course, “Social Work Services in Schools” is offered in the summer contingent upon having an instructor and sufficient enrollment. Several dozen MSWs have completed their PPSC through this program.

PPSC Program Contact Person

Gerry Lavina MSW, LCSW Field Education Faculty (310) 206-1405 glavina@ucla.edu

 

PPSC Program Description for the University of Southern California

Acceptance Process for the PPSC Program

Once admitted to our gradate program, all students are eligible for the PPSC program. Students declare their interest in the PPSC program in the second semester of their first full-time academic year.

Courses Students Must Take to be Eligible for the PPSC

In addition to all required foundation year MSW courses, PPSC students in the Families and Children’s Concentration must take the core courses in this concentration: SOWK601 – Advanced Theories & Clinical Interventions with Children & Adolescents; SOWK602 – Advanced Theories & Clinical Interventions with Families; SOWK603 – Merging Research, Planning & Policy for Change in Families and Children’s Settings and SOWK614 – Social Work in School Settings.

PPSC students in the Mental Health Concentration must take the core courses in this concentration: SOWK605 – Human Development and Mental Health; SOWK645 – Clinical Practice in Mental Health Settings with a Focus on Children SOWK601 – Advanced Theories & Clinical Interventions with Children & Adolescents; SOWK602 – Advanced Theories & Clinical Interventions with Families; SOWK603 – Merging Research, Planning & Policy for Change in Families and Children’s Settings and SOWK614 – Social Work in School Settings and a  Special Topics Elective (SW617 – Substance Abuse, or SW694 – Group Psychotherapy in Mental Health Settings or SW599 – Practice w/ Latino Families).

PPSC Field Placement Experience Requirements

We have the same requirements as all PPSC programs regarding Field Instructor qualifications, the number of field hours, and the types of expected experiences. Activities must include individual, group, family, teacher consultation, school community collaboration, and CWA activities. If the Field Instructor does not have a PPSC, a preceptor who has the PPSC must provide additional supervision.

School District Placement Sites

We place students in Los Angeles USD, Long Beach USD, Santa Monica-Malibu USD, Redondo Beach USD, East Whittier City USD, Anaheim Union High SD, Culver City, Pasadena, Ontario, San Diego and agencies that contract with school districts.

Number of Students Typically in the PPSC Program

We typically have between 50 and 60 students each academic year.

 

PPSC Program Contact Person

Stephen Hydon, MSW  Field Education Faculty (213) 740-0282  hydon@usc.edu

 

PPSC Program Description for California State University, Sacramento

The College of Continuing Education, in conjunction with the Sacramento State Division of Social Work, is offering a post-master’s Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPSC) in School Social Work (SSW) program for working professionals.  Social work professionals with a Master’s in Social Work (MSW) degree from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited school who are looking to work in the school system as a school social worker may apply for the Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPSC) in School Social Work (SSW) program. Transcripts must reflect coursework in social work practice with diverse populations.  The program is offered in the summer only.

Benefits

  • Small class sizes
  • Classes offered in a Saturday intensive format
  • Only 5 class sessions per course, plus fieldwork
  • Only 6 units total

The MSW degree program at CSUS is fully accredited by the CSWE and the PPSC in SSW program is fully accredited under the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.  Therefore, these programs are subject to the rights and responsibilities of programs so accredited.  For more information, please visit www.cce.csus.edu/ppsc.

PPSC Program Contact Person 

Candice Palaspas, MSW, MA   Senior Program Coordinator   palaspas@csus.edu

 

PPSC Program Description for San Diego State University

Acceptance Process for the PPSC Program

Students currently enrolled in the MSW program and eligible for enrollment in SWORK 750 (Advanced Field Practicum) may apply for PPS program.  Upon submission of the Field Placement Application, Advanced Placement students should declare their interest in the PPSC credential by marking the corresponding box on the application.   After a review of the applicants, PPSC requirements will be emailed to students prior to a brief phone interview for acceptance into the school specialization track.  Students will be notified via email and will discuss their pending school placement with Field Faculty.

All MSW students who meet the clearance requirements for public schools are eligible to apply.  The application for the Certificate of Clearance (COC) which includes a Character and Identification Questionnaire must be completed prior to the school based field practicum. Students will not be allowed to begin field-instructed practice in the schools until they have obtained a Certificate of Clearance (COC) from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Courses Students Must Take to be Eligible for the PPSC

Students must complete all of the required courses for the M.S.W. degree and include SWORK 758 Seminar: School Social Work (Fall-3 units) and SWORK 798 Independent Study (Spring-1 unit) as elective courses.  Students must also pass the CBEST California State Examination necessary for the credential.

PPSC Field Placement Experience Requirements

The PPS field placement requirements include completion of 450 clock hours of field placement experience doing school-based practice supervised by a credentialed MSW practitioner. One hundred clock hours should be with at least ten pupils of a racial/ethnic background different from that of the candidate. Hours shall be provided in at least two of the four settings (preschool, elementary, middle, high school), with a minimum of 100 clock hours at each setting. Completion of 150 clock hours of field placement experience in child welfare and attendance supervised by a credentialed MSW practitioner is also required for the additional specialization in CWA. Students interested in both the school social work and child welfare and attendance specializations will need to complete a total of 600 hours of field placement which is the same hour requirement for all MSW Advanced Placement students.

School District Placement Sites

We place in school districts throughout the larger San Diego County area, including Chula Vista, City Heights Educational Collaborative, El Capitan High, Escondido Union, Helix Charter School, La Mesa Spring Valley, Lakeside Union, Lemon Grove Unified, National City School District, San Marcos and Santee Unified school districts. Number of Students Typically in the PPSC Program The average number of MSW students who elect to participate in the PPS Credential program each year is 18-20.

Description of Post-Master’s PPSC program

In order to meet eligibility for the PPS Credential, Social Workers who currently hold an MSW may enroll in the School Social Work Specialization program. These applicants must enroll and complete an 11 unit program: SWORK 758 class (3units), SWORK 798 (1 unit), SWORK 750 Practicum (4 units-Fall) and (4 units-Spring). The practicum requires the candidate to complete a field practicum in an approved school based setting with an MSW that also holds the PPS Credential.  This experience must be equivalent to the academic program and requires 20 hours per week – at the school site, during regular school hours. This program is handled through the College of Extended Studies Open University, which currently charges $145 per credit.

Applications should include the following:

  1. Letter expressing interest in the program and in school social work. Please describe changes in your work schedule which will be required in order to fulfill these requirements.
  2. An official transcript documenting your MSW.
  3. A resume of your professional experience – include field experience descriptions.
  4. Two letters of recommendation, at least one from a supervisor.

Send materials to: Professor Elizabeth Marucheau, LCSW, BCD, San Diego State University, School of Social Work, 5500 Campanile Dr., San Diego, CA 92182-4119. For questions, please call (619) 594-5710 or email emaruche@mail.sdsu.edu

PPSC Program Contact Person

Amalia B. Hernandez, MSW, PPSC   Title IV-E Field Faculty, PPS Coordinator  (619) 594-6259  amalia.hernandez@mail.sdsu.edu


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