School social work (SSW) is a challenging yet rewarding
profession. In schools, social workers often serve as the liaison
between parents/guardians, the school administration and the
community. School social workers collaborate with other school
officials to support students in reaching their academic and
Completion of the Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPSC)
certificate will allow school social workers to serve as a
resource to teachers for behavior and classroom management
skills, and to gain the tools needed to address challenges and
promote student success.
CCE proudly offers the post-master’s Pupil Personnel
Services Credential (PPSC) in School Social Work (SSW), in
partnership with the College of Health and Human Services at
Small class sizes
Intensive class format offered on Saturdays in summer
Only two courses required in addition to fieldwork
Gain additional skills to excel in an educational setting
Program fully accredited by the California Commission on
To apply to this program, you must have your
Masters in Social Work. No other master’s degrees will be
> Post-Graduate Applicants
Social work professionals who have a Masters in Social Work (MSW)
from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited school
may apply to this program. Transcripts must reflect coursework in
social work practice with diverse populations.
If you are graduating with your MSW in the spring prior to the
summer cohort start, you may apply to the program. We are not
accepting current MSW students from universities outside of
Sacramento State at this time.
> Current Master in Social Work Students at Sacramento State
MSW II Students: MSW II students who will
be graduating in May must successfully complete the degree
requirements for MSW and PPSC in SSW program concurrently.
For Summer 2022, this program will be delivered each
Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on 10 consecutive
Saturdays. Our current plan is for our Summer 2022 PPSC
cohort to have in-person classes. We will update the website if
state and local safety guidelines change our planned modality.
The following two courses are required:
SWRK 238A – Issues and Practice in Schools – Macro (3
Introduces the student to the field of school social work in its
dynamic social, educational, legal, political, and human
complexity. Examines the challenges of rapid social and
demographic change in California as well as the need for
restructuring education and innovative responses. NOTE: required
for Pupil Personnel Services Credential.
SWRK 238B – Issues and Practice in Schools – Micro (3
Continuation of SWRK 238A, course examines classroom management,
case assessment, alternative education practices, discipline and
attendance law, impediments to individual development as well as
case studies, interagency collaboration, new community
partnerships, and media and high technology uses. NOTE: required
for Pupil Personnel Services Credential.
Plus 450 clock hours of school-based practice under a qualified
person holding a PPS certification. Students must complete
fieldwork hours in California and within three years of enrolling
in the program to apply for the PPS credential. Please visit our
FAQ section for
NOTE: Students are required to find their own placements if they
have not completed their fieldwork hours. We do not assist with
finding fieldwork placements.
Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing
does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or
credential. Licensure and credentialing requirements are
set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the
CSU and requirements can change at any time. For example,
licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of
the right to work in the United States (e.g., social security
number or tax payer identification number) or successfully
passing a criminal background check. Students are
responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or
credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund
tuition, fees, or any associated costs, to students who determine
subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or
credentialing requirements. Information concerning
licensure and credentialing requirements are available from Tyler
Argüello, 6000 J Street, Mariposa Hall 4010, Sacramento, CA
Each course is $425* per unit x 3 units = $1,275
$1,275 per course x 2 courses = $2,550.
Fees are due at the time of registration. You may register for
one course at a time.
There is an additional field administrative/verification fee
of $1275 that is due after acceptance into the program and before
the summer courses begin.
Once you complete the coursework, fieldwork and have applied for
your credential, the Credentials Office will inform you about the
state commission fees.
*Prices subject to change
CCE offers the two required courses in the summer term only.
Our current plan is for our Summer 2022 PPSC cohort to have
in-person classes. We will update the website if state and local
safety guidelines change our planned modality. Each course
normally meets at the College of Continuing Education from
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on five consecutive Saturdays.
Following are the summer 2022 class dates.
SWRK 238A: May 28, June 4, June 11, June 18, June 25
SWRK 238B: July 9, July 16, July 23, July 30, August 6