Admission

To apply for the PPS Credential in School Social Work program, you must be enrolled in, or planning to enroll in, APU’s Master of Social Work program, or have already completed an MSW degree. You must also have completed your undergraduate degree at a regionally accredited college or university.

Current MSW Student Admission Requirements

The PPSC program is open to all students enrolled in the 60-unit APU MSW program who have successfully completed foundation-level curriculum, are enrolled in the Clinical Practice with Individuals and Families specialization, and complete the PPSC program requirements as outlined below:

Accepted students must complete a plan of study:

For more information, refer to the PPSC Auxiliary Student Handbook (PDF) and the PPSC General Program Requirements (PDF).

To learn more about participating in the PPSC program, contact Jean Un, director of field education, at jun@apu.edu.

Post-MSW Admission Requirements

Post-MSW PPSC applicants must meet the following admissions requirements:

  • Hold an MSW degree from a CSWE-accredited program, with advanced coursework focused on clinical or direct practice; or two years of post-MSW practice experience with children, youth, and families
  • Provide verification of completion of a course with child psychopathology content, or evidence of 2 years of work experience with children and families
  • Complete the PPSC application
  • Provide official transcripts, along with syllabi and course descriptions as needed to provide proof of prerequisite coursework completed
  • Obtain a Certificate of Clearance through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) website
  • Provide evidence of meeting basic skills requirements (as outlined by the CTC)

Accepted post-MSW students must complete the plan of study (PDF).

For more information, refer to the PPSC Auxiliary Student Handbook (PDF) and the PPSC General Program Requirements (PDF).

To learn more about applying, contact Emily Kemp, director of admissions and student services, at mswadmissions@apu.edu or (626) 857-2400.

Note: The Certificate of Clearance and basic skills requirements are program requirements, but not conditions for admission.

Note: This information is current for the 2022-23 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.

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