Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credentials: Authorized Services

A Services Credential with a specialization in Pupil Personnel Services authorizes the holder to perform services in the specialization(s) named, as described below, in grades 12 and below, including preschool, and in programs organized primarily for adults.

School Psychologist

  1. Provide services that enhance academic performance; design strategies and programs to address problems of adjustment;
  2. Consult with other educators and parents on issues of social development, behavioral and academic difficulties;
  3. Conduct psycho-educational assessments for purposes of identifying special needs;
  4. Provide psychological counseling for individuals, groups and families; and
  5. Coordinate intervention strategies for management of individual and school-wide crises.

School Counseling

  1. Develop, plan, implement and evaluate a school counseling and guidance program that includes academic, career, personal and social development;
  2. Advocate for the higher academic achievement and social development of all students;
  3. Provide school-wide prevention and intervention strategies and counseling services;
  4. Provide consultation, training and staff development to teachers and parents regarding students' needs; and
  5. Supervise a district-approved advisory program as described in Education Code Section 49600.

School Social Work

  1. Assess home, school, personal and community factors that may affect a student's learning;
  2. Identify and provide intervention strategies for children and their families including counseling, case management, and crisis intervention;
  3. Consult with teachers, administrators and other school staff regarding social and emotional needs of students;
  4. Coordinate family, school and community resources on behalf of students;
  5. Facilitate prevention, early identification, and intervention through direct and indirect learning support services to students, families, and school personnel; and
  6. Maintain and provide linkages with school and community based resources to ensure that students and families access needed educational, health, and mental health services.

Child Welfare and Attendance

  1. Access appropriate services from both public and private providers;
  2. Provide staff development to school personnel regarding state and federal laws pertaining to due process and child welfare and attendance laws;
  3. Address school policies and procedures that inhibit academic success;
  4. Implement strategies to improve student attendance;
  5. Participate in school-wide reform efforts; and
  6. Promote understanding and appreciation of those factors that affect the attendance of culturally-diverse student populations.


Note, an individual holding any of the authorizations above may serve as an administrator of a pupil personnel services program per Education Code section 44270.2.

Reference: Education Code section 44266, Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations section 80049.1.


Updated August 22, 2022