Pupil Personnel Services Credential

Program Description

Post-MSW PPSC Credential Program

SFSU no longer offering a post masters PPSC program. Please reach out to San Jose State University or UC Berkeley's post MSW PPSC program. 

MSW PPSC Credential Program

Our PPSC program offers a curriculum in school social work practice that leads to the eligibility and recommendation for the Pupil Personnel Services Credentials (PPSC) in School Social Work Issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentaling (CTC). The credentail covers pre-kindergarten through 12th grade service in public and other schools requiring the credential. The PPS Credential authorizes the holder to employed in the State of California in positions requiring such certification.


Program Overview and Steps:

PPSC Credential Program Instructions


Sandy Vaughn, LCSW, PPSC

PPSC Coordinator 

Email: svaughn@sfsu.edu or ppscsw@sfsu.edu


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.