Pupil Personnel Services Credential

Program Description

Post-MSW PPSC Credential Program

SFSU’s School of Social Work is suspending the Post-MSW PPSC program for 2018 and will not offer a summer program. You may be interested in UC Berkeley' s Program. 


MSW PPSC Credential Program

The School of Social Work offers a Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPSC) in Social Work to support the case management and mental health needs of students in our public schools. Two additional classes are required for PPSC students: SW 865- Social Work Practice In Public Schools and SW 760- Social Work and The Law. Candidates must complete a field internship at a school and their supervisor must hold the PPSC. PPSC candidates must also pass the CBEST test to qualify for the credential.



Christina Feliciana
PPSC Coordinator
Email: ppscsw@sfsu.edu
Phone: (415) 408-1003


SFSU Post-MSW PPSC Field Requirements

Candidates are responsible for securing their own internships.

You will need to check to make sure you are covered under the school district liability insurance for its personnel or volunteers. If you want to obtain your own insurance, you can do so through NASW. The SF State Post-Masters PPSC Program is not providing liaison assistance, oversight, or responsibility for your field work. (You are not registering for or paying for field work credit.)

  • The school site/ internship experience must be under the supervision of a person holding a PPS credential. That person must be willing to sign off on written documentation of the hours completed, to verify the type of settings, and to provide a copy of their valid PPSC.
  • The field supervisor must be able to verify that the applicant has completed, or is in the process of completing, at least 450 clock hours of school-based practice under his/her supervision, of which a minimum 100 hours are with at least ten (10) pupils of an ethnic background different from that of the candidate. The school assignment must take place with at least two age groups (preschool, elementary, middle, high school) with a minimum of 100 clock hours at the secondary site, not to exclude district services and programs or alternative school settings. Field supervisors also should document experiences in individual and group practice with male and female school aged children of diverse ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds, and working with parents, school staff, and community resources. These tasks should be documented by utilizing the Verification of Standards form.