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M.A. in Psychology: School Counseling/PPS - Admission Requirements

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M.A. in Psychology: School Counseling/PPS

Admission Requirements

  • Prerequisite coursework: 12 units of social sciences at a letter grade of "B" or higher successfully completed at the undergraduate level

  • Completion of an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university with a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average (CGPA)*

  • Demonstration of English proficiency may be required

  • Completion of Phillips Graduate Institute Admissions Application Packet (See Admission Application Process)

  • Admissions interview with the School Counseling Department Chair or faculty


Please refer to the Student Services section for details on admissions policies and procedures.

Note: A Grade Point Average Exemption Petition may allow admission for applicants who do not meet the minimum cumulative GPA requirement.


Entry Options

Students may enter the School Counseling program in the fall or spring. Students seeking only the PPS or Child Welfare Attendance (CWA) credentials may enter in the fall, spring or summer. Please call the Admissions Office at (818) 386-5660 for dates and class schedules.

Field Placement Services

Phillips Graduate Institute students in the School Counseling program receive assistance with their field placement through the School Counseling Department; however, the department encourages each student to take an active role in finding the school that is best suited to their training and geographic needs. Phillips Graduate Institute must approve each school site and develop an affiliation agreement with the school in order for students to complete field experience hours at that site.

Students begin the practicum/field experience process in the second semester to meet the state accreditation requirements. This process requires 100 hours of experience observing a school counselor in a school setting (after completion of SC 505A), and participation in a Field Placement Practicum class throughout the entire field placement experience. Upon completion of the practicum experience, students may begin collecting the additional 600 hours of field experience. Students also enroll in course SC 505B/C where they are supervised by School Counseling faculty. Students must attend an orientation with the School Counseling Director of Field Placement for in-depth instruction about field experience requirements.

In the field experience, students must demonstrate knowledge and skill in the areas of educational assessment, personal and social counseling, academic and career counseling, program development and coordination, supervision, and legal and professional ethics. Students receive a Practicum/Field Experience Handbook in SC 505A Foundations of School Counseling class. This handbook provides specific guidelines for the field experience process. Students must have taken and preferably passed the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST) prior to beginning any field work, including the practicum experience. A Live Scan Service (fingerprint) form must be completed and cleared by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) prior to any field placement in a school setting. A current tuberculosis skin test is also required within six months of beginning the field placement hours. Curriculum and/or field placement requirements are subject to change to meet state mandates and may occur without prior notice.  Students must have a current teaching credential and/or complete their application with the CCTC for a certificate of clearance before beginning field placement. 

The School Counseling Internship Program is accredited by the CCTC, which means that students from Phillips Graduate Institute who are enrolled in the School Counseling/PPS program can be hired by California Public School Districts as employees while completing the required courses and intern hours. Presently, Phillips is affiliated with thirty four (34) school districts in California. Completion of SC 505A and SC 505A-L, which include 100 hours of fieldwork, must be completed prior to consideration for internship status. Candidates must apply for an Internship Credential in School Counseling before being hired by a school district. This application is done through the Credential Analyst Office here at Phillips Graduate Institute. An internship handbook is also given to new interns and a supervisor from Phillips Graduate Institute is assigned to each intern. This supervisor meets with the school-site supervisor and coordinates all agreements and plans for the internship experience.


Admission Requirements for the School Counseling Internship Program

The School Counseling Intern Program at Phillips Graduate Institute has been accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). Our students can become interns in a Public School District and earn their degree and internship hours as employees of a school district. In order for candidates to become eligible for the School Counseling Internship Program, they must complete the following:
  • CBEST- Provide proof of passing status to the School Counseling Department

  • Have a Certificate of Clearance from the CCTC and/or a copy of a current Teacher Credential

  • Evidence of a current passing TB Test within six months

  • Complete the first twelve (12) units of the Foundational First Year courses

  • Complete SC 505A Supervision and Mentoring Practicum in School Counseling

  • Complete the first one hundred (100) hours and related evaluations. These forms must be reviewed and signed by the Field Placement Practicum Supervisor and submitted to the Director of Field Placement

  • Complete the application for the CCTC intern Credential

  • Provision to the Library of a copy of the doctoral portfolio/dissertation ready for binding

Faculty Advisement

Students will be assigned an academic advisor at the beginning of their first semester of enrollment. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor early in the first semester and at least once each semester until completion of their degree and credential application. Students are encouraged to make appointments with other members of the faculty, who will answer questions and provide consultation.

Workshops

Students must attend a Child Abuse Workshop in order to complete degree requirements. This workshop is offered onsite through the Continuing Education Office and Extension at Phillips Graduate Institute's Counseling Center.  Workshops may be held on days other than a student’s regular class day. Information will be provided to students in advance to allow for planning.

Program Compliance

The Master of Arts in Psychology, Emphasis in School Counseling program meets the requirements and guidelines of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). In order for Phillips Graduate Institute to recommend a student to the State of California and the CCTC for a PPS Credential in School Counseling, the student must have fulfilled the following requirements:
  • Passed the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST). The CBEST test must be taken in the first semester of the program, if the candidate hasn’t already taken and passed it. A candidate cannot receive a credential if they have not passed the CBEST examination, which is required by the State of California to be a counselor in the public school system.

  • Completed Certificate of Clearance from the CCTC

  • Completion of all 48 units of required courses with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher

  • Completion of 100 hours of practicum experience

  • Completion of 600 hours of field experience

  • Seven hours of training in Child Abuse Education

  • Completion of an exit interview with the School Counseling Department

  • Participation in a candidacy review

  • Development of a portfolio presented at the candidacy review and department exit interview

  • Presentation of a three-hour workshop on a topic specific to School Counseling (This is the professional project required for the master’s degree)

  • Intent to Graduate form on file with the Registrar one semester prior to the date when a student expects to meet all graduation requirements

  • Payment in full of financial obligations to Phillips Graduate Institute and the Counseling Center

  • Return of all Library materials

  • Completion of an exit interview with the Financial Aid Office (Financial Aid recipients only)

  • Completed field experience requirements

  • Demonstrated competency in the areas of educational assessment, personal and social counseling, academic and career counseling, program development and coordination, supervision and legal and professional ethics

  • Current tuberculosis test that is clear

Academic Proficiency

Any student receiving a grade of C- or below in a course must retake the course, demonstrating sufficient mastery of the course content. Retaking a course may delay program completion and graduation. The student must meet with his or her academic advisor to discuss the impact of repeating a course on program completion. The original grade received in the course, as well as the grade received upon retaking the course, are both averaged into the student’s cumulative grade point average.

Requirements for Degree Completion

The degree is posted three times yearly: on the last day of December, May and August. All of the following requirements must be met prior to degree posting:
  • Completion of all 48 units of required courses with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher

  • Completion of credential requirements established by the CCTC, including 7 hours of training in child abuse

  • Completion of 100 hours of practicum experience

  • Completion of 600 hours of field experience

  • Completion of an exit interview with the School Counseling Department

  • Participation in a candidacy review

  • Development of a portfolio presented at the candidacy review and department exit interview

  • Presentation of a three-hour workshop on a topic specific to school counseling. This is the professional project required for the master’s degree

  • Intent to Graduate form on file with the Registrar one semester prior to the graduation date when a student expects to meet all graduation requirements

  • Payment in full of financial obligations to Phillips Graduate Institute and the Counseling Center

  • Return of all Library materials

  • Completion of an exit interview with the Financial Aid Office (Financial Aid recipients only)



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