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Pupil Personnel Services Credential

Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Social Work and Child Welfare and Attendance

Description of the Pupil Personnel Service Credential Program/California Commission on Teacher Credentialing:

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work 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 (SSW) and Child Welfare and Attendance (CWA) issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). Due to state curriculum requirements, students interested in this program must be enrolled in the Children, Youth and Families Department. The Credential covers pre-kindergarten through 12th grade service in public and other schools requiring the credential. The PPS Credential authorizes the holder to be employed in the State of California in positions requiring such certification.

The PPSC program can be completed in either a student’s first year of Field Placement (1st Year PPSC Students) or in their second year of Field Placement (2nd Year PPSC Students). Throughout the remainder of the document First Year refers to the 1st and 2nd semesters for campus based students, Second Year refers to the 3rd and 4th semesters for campus based students and Community Based Placement refers to the 2nd, 3rd and 4th semesters for VAC students. The following sections outline the stipulations and requirements for students pursuing the PPSC as determined by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the official state regulatory commission. There are many steps to this process which are described in this document.

Field Hour and Field Experience Requirements for the PPS Credential

  • 1st Year PPSC Students: must successfully complete a total of 600 clock hours of field experience in school based setting(s). Students should plan to be in their Field Placements for 20 hours per week and the total of 600 hours must be completed by the end of the first academic year of their Field Placement
  • 2nd Year PPSC Students: must successfully complete a total of 600 clock hours of field experience in school based setting(s). Students should plan to be in their Field Placements for 20 hours per week and the total 600 hours must be completed by the end of the second academic year of their Field Placement.
  • VAC PPSC Students: must successfully complete a total of 600 clock hours of field experience in school based setting(s).  Students should plan to be in their Field Placements for 20 hours per week and the total 600 hours must be completed by the end of their Community Based Placement.

Per CCTC regulations, the 600 Field hour requirement for all PPSC Students must be fulfilled per the following guidelines:

  1. PPSC/ SSW Specialization Field Requirements: 450 clock hours in a school-based setting supervised by a PPS credentialed holder.
    • At least 100 hours with 10 pupils of an ethnic background different from your own.
    • The hours must be conducted in at least two of the following grade range populations and for a minimum of 100 hours per setting: preschool, elementary, middle, and high school.
  2. PPSC/CWA Specialization Field Requirements: 150 additional clock hours of field experience under the supervision of a PPSC and CWA holder.

Prerequisites for the PPSC

The following steps MUST be completed prior to the start of internship.

(A) Certificate of Clearance (COC) - Registration with the CCTC

Prior to beginning any school-based field placement, the credentialed-seeking student must obtain a Certificate of Clearance (COC) issued by the CCTC. The COC is a document that is issued to the credentialed seeking individual who has completed the required fingerprint and background verification process. Some students may also be required to complete a background check for their school internship – this does not substitute for or supplant the USC, PPSC COC requirement.

Please Note: Without the COC, any hours accrued in the school based internship will not count towards your PPS Credential.

(B) Fingerprint Clearance To apply for your COC, please follow the steps below:

  1. Live Scan: Download and print the Live Scan form (41-LS):
  2. Take the completed Live Scan form to a location offering Live Scan electronic fingerprint services. Listing of Live Scan locations. You will be required to pay a processing fee to the Live Scan operator for your prints to be scanned.
  3. Retain a copy of the Live Scan form for your records.

*Should you experience any issues accessing the above links, please refer to the CTC Web site, questions may be emailed to the CTC: credentials@ctc.ca.gov

Please Note: The MSW student is responsible for monitoring the Status of the Certificate of Clearance and for all fees associated with the steps required by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to apply for and secure the PPSC.

Students can view and track the status of their Certificate of Clearance application by logging into the CCTC website.

The State of California will send you an email with your clearance confirmation.

(C) Submission of your Certificate of Clearance:

1st Year PPSC students, please email your Certificate of Clearance to:

Professor Hu, hucordov@usc.edu

2nd Year PPSC students, please email your Certificate of Clearance to:

Dr. Steve Hydon, Director of PPSC and Social Work in Schools: hydon@usc.edu

VAC Students, please email your Certificate of Clearance to: Jenny Kim, Administrative Assistant II, VAC Field Education: kim156@usc.edu

California Commission Teacher Credentialing Testing Requirement for the PPSC – Passing The CBEST

After you have successfully completed all of the required hours working in a school setting, a passing score on the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) is a prerequisite for the initial application for a California credential. The CBEST covers basic reading, writing and mathematical skills in the English language. This test is administered several times during the year at various locations in the state. Please refer to the CTC website for further information about the CBEST or alternative acceptable examinations in lieu of the CBEST.

Fee Schedule Information:

Information regarding the state fees associated with securing the PPSC. 

Required Elective Coursework for the PPSC:

In addition to the core CYF department coursework, successful completion of elective coursework is also required to secure the PPSC:

SOWK 614: Social Work Practice in School Settings - Student must earn a grade of “B” or better

1st Year PPSC students will take SOWK 614 in the spring semester of their first year.

2nd Year PPSC students will take SOWK 614 in the fall semester of their second year.

VAC PPSC students will take SOWK 614 during the 2nd or 3rd semester

SW623: Social Work in Early Care and Education Settings or SW688: School Violence

1st Year PPSC students will take either SOWK 623 OR SOWK 688 in either their 1st or 2nd semester

2nd Year PPSC students will take either SOWK 623 or SOWK 688 in either their 3rd or 4th semester

VAC PPSC students will take either SOWK 623 or SOWK 688 in either their 2nd, 3rd or 4th semesters

Required Documents to Complete and Earn your PPSC:

Once all of the aforementioned requirements have been met attach the following documents for processing of your credential.

  1. PPSC Checklist Form
  2. Credential Recommendation Request Form
  3. Official USC Graduate transcript: Submit (1) Official USC Graduate transcript (MSW degree and required course work must be illustrated on the transcript). Candidate must submit transcript; electronic transcripts submitted directly from the university registrar’s office will not be accepted.
  4. Child Welfare and Attendance Log: Submit a completed copy of the Child Welfare and Attendance Log
  5. CTC Certificate of Clearance: Submit a copy of the CTC Certificate of Clearance
  6. CBEST examination or other approved examination: Submit a copy of the CBEST examination or other approved examination illustrating a passing score.

All Students, please submit your completed PPSC file to the appropriate personnel:

1st Year PPSC students
Professor Maria Hu
Clinical Associate Professor, Field Education
USC, Suzanne Dworak-Peck, School of Social Work
SWC Bldg., Rm. 229
669 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA.  90089

2nd Year PPSC students
Professor Stephen Hydon
Clinical Professor, Field Education
USC, Suzanne Dworak-Peck, School of Social Work
SWC Bldg., Rm. 223
669 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90089

VAC PPSC Students
Jenny Kim
Administrative Assistant, VAC Field Education
USC, Suzanne Dworak-Peck, School of Social Work
1150 S. Olive St., Suite T1100
Los Angeles, CA.  90012

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1st Year PPSC Student Timeline

Attend PPSC Informational Meeting, prior to the beginning Field Placement
RSVP Invite is sent via email

Obtain the Certificate of Clearance (COC), before the beginning of your field placement, by August 15th
Email COC to Professor Hu: hucordov@usc.edu

Begin Field Placement
The first Wednesday AFTER Labor Day, with your Field Instructor-please discuss and project the number of hours you plan on completing each week, 20 hours per week, totaling 600 by the end of field.

Complete the Learning Agreement
Complete the form through the IPT system by October.

Attend PPSC Mid-Year Meeting in the Fall Semester
RSVP Invite Sent via email in the month of October

Field Instructor and Student completes TWO Comprehensive Skills Evaluations:

  • PPSC Comprehensive Skills Evaluation
  • Mid-Year Comprehensive Skills Evaluation

Register for SOWK 614: Social Work Practice in School Settings
Offered in Spring of first year

Register in EITHER SW623: Social Work in Early Care and Education Settings OR SW688: School Violence
Offered in fall/spring of second year

Attend PPSC End of Year Meeting Spring Semester
RSVP Invite is sent via email in the month of February

Field Instructor and Student completes TWO Comprehensive Skills Evaluations:
April-May through the IPT System

  • PPSC Comprehensive Skills Evaluation
  • Final Year Comprehensive Skills Evaluation

Summer (or any time before you apply for the credential) take the CBEST. A good time to do this is when you are not in classes.
Forward results of CBEST to Professor Hu: hucordov@usc.edu

End of the 2nd Year of Field Placement
Apply for PPS Credential, upon Completion of Requirements, submit PPSC Documentation to: Professor Hu hucordov@usc.edu. See page 5.

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2nd Year PPSC Student Timeline

Attend PPSC Informational Meeting in February
Invitation is sent in January-February

Schedule individual and/or small group appointments with Professor Hydon, if necessary.
Invitation is sent via email in the month of February.

Submission of Field Agency Selection Form
March

Interview for Field Placement
March-May

Submission of Reaction Form
May

Obtain the Certificate of Clearance (COC)th
Email COC to Professor Hydon: hydon@usc.eduby June 1

Attend PPSC Welcome Back Meeting in September
Invitation sent in August

Begin Field Placement
The first Wednesday AFTER Labor Day

Complete the Learning Agreement
Complete the form through the IPT system by October.

Field Instructor and Student completes TWO Comprehensive Skills Evaluations:
December via the IPT system

  • PPSC Comprehensive Skills Evaluation
  • Mid-Year Comprehensive Skills Evaluation

Register for SOWK 614: Social Work Practice in School Settings
Offered in Fall Semester

Attend PPSC End of Year Meeting in April
Invitation sent in April

Field Instructor and Student completes TWO Comprehensive Skills Evaluations:
April-May through the IPT System

 

  • PPSC Comprehensive Skills Evaluation
  • Final Year Comprehensive Skills Evaluation

Summer (or any time before you apply for the credential) take the CBEST. A good time to do this is when you are not in classes.
Forward results of CBEST to Professor Hydon: hydon@usc.edu

End of the 2nd Year of Field Placement
Apply for PPS Credential, upon Completion of Requirements, submit PPSC Documentation to: Professor Hydon: hydon@usc.edu. See page 5.