University of Redlands

Program Guidance for School Counseling Candidates during COVID-19

Please find guidance below for candidates in the School Counseling program during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Note, the references made to the impact of COVID-19 on program requirements specifically refers to the time period from March 19, 2020 through June 30, 2021. Guidance included herein is received from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC), which grants the PPS School Counseling credential and to which the Department of Counseling and Human Services’ (DCHS) School Counseling program is aligned.

This webpage is reflective of the most recent CTC guidelines (as of July 3, 2020). SC candidates are subject to requirements based on the program emphasis they pursue – Pre-K-12, College, or Combo (Pre-K-12/College), and candidates are reminded that the application of these policies and guidelines will vary by which specific academic ‘track’ they are pursuing. Updates to this page will be made as new information becomes available from the CTC.

The flexibilities provided by the CTC (utilizing the standards and recommendations based on the CACREP) are applicable to SC candidates whose program requirements will be impacted from March 19, 2020 through June 30, 2021.

Should the health and safety restrictions related to COVID-19 continue past the described dates above, the CTC would most likely communicate additional information to program sponsors (such as University of Redlands School of Education).

SC candidates with questions that are not addressed below should contact the designated Office of Student Success (OSS) Assistant Director of Academic Advising. The OSS Assistant Director of Academic Advising aligned to School Counseling students is Kristin Grammer (909-748-8817 /


2020-2021 Fieldwork

Per the CTC, School Counseling fieldwork may take place in online, remote, or alternate settings, as part of an extended school day, or school year. School Counseling candidates may utilize telemental health services (video and phone). 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, while schools are in remote learning, any synchronous communication between a candidate and students counts as direct contact hours.

Activities such as leading webinars and/or consultation with teachers, counselors, administrators, and parents/guardians related to students’ social/emotional, academic, and/or college/career needs may also count as direct contact hours.

For candidates not seeking a PPS School Counseling Credential
SC candidates not seeking a PPS School Counseling credential (the college track program) must provide direct services for 40% (160 hours) of the 400 total fieldwork hours.

For candidates seeking a PPS School Counseling Credential
CTC requires SC candidates seeking a PPS School Counseling credential (e.g. the Pre-K-12 and combo track programs) to provide direct services for 50% (300 hours) of the 600 total fieldwork hours. Fieldwork experiences must occur in two* separate Pre-K-12 levels (elementary, middle, high school) with a minimum of 200* hours at each of the two* levels. 

Candidates pursuing the Pre-K-12 or Combo track are still responsible to devote one hundred fifty (150) clock hours of their Pre-K-12 hours to issues of diversity. Hours may be satisfied by working with pupils of diverse backgrounds including socioeconomic disadvantages, English learners, homeless youth, foster youth; students with disabilities (including Section 504 plans), students experiencing suspension and expulsion from school, sexual minority youth (LGBTQ+), racial and ethnic minorities; and understanding information on school, district, State, and Federal policies and the impact of resulting practices. Candidates track their diversity hour requirement via Time2Track.

*As announced by the CTC on 7/3/2020, AB77 resulted in a reduction in the number of Pre-K-12 school settings for candidates pursuing a PPS SC Credential from two settings to one setting from March 19, 2020 to June 30, 2021, inclusive. 

For candidates seeking a PPS SC Credential AND on track to complete between March 19, 2020 and June 30, 2021
In addition to the flexibilities outlined above, SC candidates who are/were making appropriate progress towards a PPS SC credential AND on track to complete program requirements between March 19, 2020 and June 30, 2021 but are/were unable to due health and safety restrictions related to COVID-19 are subject to a lower minimum number of hours in each Pre-K-12 level (min. 100 hours instead of 200), as illustrated below: 

SC PPS requirements COVID-19

School Counselor Trainings and Webinars
SC candidates placed in the field between March 19, 2020 and June 30, 2021 and enrolled in EDUC 677 are permitted to count virtual trainings and webinars on social/emotional, academic and college/career towards indirect fieldwork hours. Various professional and school organizations offer trainings including but are not limited to the American Counseling Association (ACA), the American School Counseling Association (ASCA), school districts, and County Departments of Education. These resources are shared and communicated via the School Counseling Moodle Resource site. Additional such resources may be also provided by the candidate’s site supervisor or EDUC 677 instructor.

Tracking Fieldwork Flexibilities via Time2Track
Counseling-related trainings and webinars completed at the direction of the OSS advisor, SC Program Coordinator, or 677 instructors are logged as indirect activities under the Time2Track site entitled, ‘Virtual Completion Module’.

SC candidates need to utilize Time2Track's tag feature when logging activities in order to track the various training topics/domains and/or counselee needs/accommodations.  Information regarding the tag features in Time2Track are available at:


Options to complete Fieldwork hours

For SC students on track to complete by 8/31/2021:

The maximum number of fieldwork hours SC students may earn per term has been increased from 250 to 300 for any students who are on track to complete all program requirements by August 31, 2021.

All other SC students are subject to a maximum of 250 hours per term.

Any questions, contact Assistant Director of Academic Advising ( / 909-748-8817).

CPCE Exams during COVID

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, all on-campus CPCE testing dates at the University of Redlands remain canceled. Candidates who wish to take the CPCE exam may do so at a Pearson VUE Center or starting 4/1/2021, via the OnVUE web-based testing. Please see attached CCE announcement re: Web-based CPCE testing for more information.

Students must register for the 0-unit EDUC 699 CPCE course in the term in which they intend to test. The cost to test at a Pearson Vue Center or via the OnVUE web-based option is $150.00. Complete the Request form for CPCE Exam Authorization to initiate the registration process for any exam format. No action is needed for DCHS counseling students who have already been authorized and do not wish to make changes to their testing format.

Any questions, contact OSS Assistant Director of Academic Success Kristin Grammer

*Note, the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) remains a program completion requirement for all DCHS counseling students. Candidates must pass the CPCE in order to be eligible for degree conferral from the University of Redlands and/or recommendation to the CTC for the PPS SC credential.

Recommendation for Clear Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) School Counseling Credential

Candidates who complete the Pre-K-12 or combo (Pre-K-12/college) track meet the requirements to be recommended for a clear Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) School Counseling Credential. Upon completion of all program requirements, candidates submit their application for recommendation of the clear PPS School Counseling credential to the Office of Student Success. There is no set deadline by which to apply for the PPS SC credential, but candidates are encouraged to apply for their credential soon after program completion.

Degree sign off

SC candidates must complete all program requirements including coursework, fieldwork, and pass the CPCE before their degree can be conferred by the University of Redlands. The Registrar’s Office confers degree four times per year – August 31, December 31, Commencement day (in April – date varies), and May 31. SC candidates may submit a degree sign-off request to the Office of Student Success up to two weeks after the above conferral dates. Requests for sign-off received after that time will be deferred until the following conferral date.