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School Counseling (M.S.) plus Pupil Personnel Services Credential Program Application

Learn how to apply to the School Counseling (M.S.) plus Pupil Personnel Services Credential.

Important Dates for Fall 2021

Item Due Date
1. Cal State Apply application
(opens October 1 each year)
December 15, 2020 
2. Program application December 15, 2020
3. Official Transcripts due  January 12, 2021


Steps to Apply


1. Submit the Cal State Apply application

For assistance, see Tips on Completing the Cal State Apply University Application.

Go to Cal State Apply (CSU application) - Opens Oct 1

2. Request official transcripts

Request that your official transcripts be sent to SDSU, following instructions on our Submit Official Transcripts page.

GRE Requirement Suspended for Spring and Fall 2021

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, SDSU has suspended the requirement that applicants for graduate study submit GRE scores for the Spring and Fall 2021 admissions cycle. If you have any questions about this policy, please contact the program advisor.

3. Submit the Program application

Submit the program application and required documents as directed below:

Required documents

Please gather the items below and have them ready to upload:

Write a separate personal statement responding to each of the following 3 prompts. Please type the question at the top of the document and format with double-spacing, 12-point font and at least 1-inch margins. Use a maximum of 2 pages for your answer to each prompt. (Keep in mind that we consider these statements representative of the quality of your potential work in the program.)

  • Prompt #1: There are many career paths in counseling and education. Please describe why you have chosen to pursue a career in school counseling and how SDSU’s program aligns with those goals.
  • Prompt #2: How do you define social justice? Discuss your experience in advocating for social justice and equity issues, and how as a school counselor, you will advocate for social justice and equity in education and/or culturally diverse communities.
  • Prompt #3: The field of education and the profession of school counseling are changing. What issues do you imagine school counselors will be facing in the year 2022 (at about the time you may graduate from the program)? How do you envision addressing these challenges?
  • Prompt #4: For re-applicants only:  How have you spent the last year continuing to grow and develop as a future school counselor?

updated prompts 9/17/19

Complete your experience profile using the Experience Profile Template (Word Document).

You will be required to take this exam while in the program, but it is not required for Fall 2021 admission.

Obtain the results of a negative TB test. These results must be current from within the past 4 years. You can go to your medical doctor or a local clinic to get this done.

Download unofficial transcripts (or scan a paper transcript) for every institution, one file per institution, and be prepared to upload to the online program application. This is in addition to, not a substitution for, having official transcripts sent to SDSU Graduate Admissions office.

Apply for your Certificate of Clearance. More directions on this process can be found on the School of Teacher Education's Certificate of Clearance webpage. Follow the directions for applying to the Certificate of Clearance. (The Emergency Teaching Permit does not apply to this program.)

Contact 3 individuals who you have interacted with both personally and professionally who would be able to write a letter of recommendation for you. If you are a re-applicant, you will also need one new letter of recommendation.  You may use two of the same letters of recommendation that you submitted with your application last year.  Please request that they write their letter and have it ready for when the system is available since they will be needed quickly. Recommenders will submit their letters directly into the Online Program Application.

Program application

Access the Online Program Application

Go to Program Application

  • Your program application has been created in a system called Interfolio. For help, refer to this Interfolio Tutorial (PDF).