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About Our School Counseling Programs

Alliant offers several programs in School Counseling through the California School of Education (CSOE).

The master's program in school counseling prepares you as a counseling professional for critical and life-changing roles working with students and families in K-12 school settings, with the master's online hybrid program providing greater flexibility if you’re working full time.

The EdS program provides an advanced education that surpasses that of a master’s, prepares you for your National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) certification, and provides coursework toward licensure, such as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).

Alliant also offers a school counseling PPS credential-only program for qualified, master's level professionals who wish to work in schools as a school counselor. This credential-only program is ideal for LMFT and LPCC professionals seeking a career in K-12 schools. 

Why Alliant?


Our programs are approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC), one of the highest standards in the industry. Programs follow an eight-week calendar, and you can enroll during any enrollment period. Learn more with our eight-week term academic calendar.


You can earn your PPS credential online if you already have a master’s degree in psychology, counseling, or education; the PPS Credential in School Counseling is a stand-alone option that allows transfer credit and practicum hours so you continue to grow, rather than repeat.

Mentorship and

Enjoy small class sizes with focused attention from professors and instructors who understand the challenges children face in today’s schools, and have the opportunity to apply what you learn in the classroom to real-world experiences in a school setting.

Our Programs

Credential in Pupil Personnel Services, School Counseling

As a school counselor, the difference you make in students’ lives may take years to manifest—but the impact you make will last a lifetime. The PPS Credential in School Counseling online hybrid certification program is designed for those individuals with a master’s degree in the psychology, counseling, or education fields who wish to pursue a career as a credentialed California school counselor in K-12 schools. Take the next step toward a rewarding career in school counseling today, and start making an impact tomorrow.


MAE in School Counseling with Pupil Personnel Services Credential

In this master’s program you’ll receive the training you need to help students with the many challenges they face as they pursue academic success. With your MAE in School Counseling degree, you’ll have a solid foundation to work from in helping students thrive through their schooling at an both academic and personal level.


“This is a profession in which you can really change the hearts and minds of many and really extend your impact…there are many opportunities to be able to completely transform systems and be able to provide the support in more than just direct ways that exponentially increases your impact in the lives of many students.”

- Rodrigo Enciso, School Psychologist and CSOE Alumnus

“In my experience with Alliant it was very clear from the start that there was a commitment to education being the great equalizer—and so I feel like I got the tools through my learning at Alliant that are allowing me to become a better teacher and reach out to everyone in my classrooms.”

- Evelyn Serrano

"I have learned so much in the past semesters. In addition to academic knowledge, the cultural diversity of the school has provided a lot of opportunities for me to make friends with people around the globe, and learn a lot about their cultures."

- Alice C.

What Our Students Are Saying

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Your Career in School Counseling Begins Today


Alliant is a private university accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). We are an equal opportunity employer and educator. Please note that not all programs are available at every campus, online, or to residents of every state. For our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please go to our website at www.alliant.edu/consumer-information.

The California Teacher Credentialing programs are approved by the:

California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC), 1900 Capitol Ave Sacramento, CA

Counsel Students on the Path to Academic Success

Take the first step to achieving your career goals with our School Counseling Program.

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Take the first step to achieving your career goals with our School Counseling Program. 

About Our School Counseling Programs

Online Program

Virtual Campus

Online Classes

• Greater flexibility and convenience than traditional classes

• Classes start year-round so you have the freedom to learn on your schedule

• Hybrid programs available that blend online and campus-based learning

EdS in School Counseling with Pupil Personnel Services Credential

The Education Specialist program takes your training beyond the master’s degree and prepares you to interact directly with students one-on-one, offering them support and helping them to overcome the hurdles that can derail their education. It also prepares you for your National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) certification, and provides most coursework toward licensure such as the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).


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