The LMU CWA Stand-Alone Authorization program is a 9-semester graduate unit program (2 academic classes and 1 fieldwork class) that is completed in one academic semester.  The following course sequence is offered on Saturdays in a hybrid format (combination of in-person and online classes) during the Fall and Spring semesters. 

EDSP 5303 Foundations in Child Welfare and Attendance (3 units)

Candidates will understand the professional role (e.g. leadership and management responsibilities) of the CWA Counselor and develop legal and professional knowledge and skills necessary to meet the Child Welfare and Attendance state standards. Students will also identify and think critically about their role in effective program management and implementation to address pupil's attendance and academic, psychological and social success.

EDSP 5304 Schol Attendance Improvement and Truancy Remediation - Prevention and Intervention (3 units)

Candidates will gain the knowledge and skills to effectively collaborate with all school partners in order to support and increase pupil attendance. Additionally, candidates will gain superior knowledge in the culture and structure of the public-school system at both the school and district level, in order to better serve in their role as a student advocate. With a greater knowledge of the culture and structure of the public-school system, candidates will become familiar with the contributing factors to pupils who are not successful in school, including barriers to learning and attendance. Candidates will research and learn ways to intervene and improve school attendance, while providing pupils and their families with the appropriate level of support.

EDSP 5305 Fieldwork in CWA Supervision (3 units; 150 hours of fieldwork experience)

This fieldwork course provides the Child Welfare and Attendance candidate with on-site supervised experience in the various roles and responsibilities covered in the Child Welfare and Attendance Authorization requirements. Each candidate will work with field supervisors assessing the needs of students, the school and the community; stating goals and objectives for meeting those needs; developing strategies for reaching the goals and objectives and planning an evaluation to determine whether or not these strategies attained the goals and objectives sought.

To meet competency for fieldwork, a total of 150 hours in fieldwork for the add-on child welfare and attendance (CWA) authorization to the P.P.S. credential is required. Ninety hours (90) are acquired in a school setting in direct contact with pupils and/or stakeholders. A minimum of thirty hours (30) are acquired with an outside agency such as law enforcement, juvenile justice, child health and welfare, mental health, social services, child protective services or a community-based agency. The remaining thirty hours (30) are acquired in consultation with and prior approval by LMU. 

Please note: It is the applicants responsibility to obtain approval from their current employer on ways to manage and balance the completion of fieldwork responsibilities.

All applicants complete and submit a Fieldwork Planning Document as part of the online application for admission process.  (A template for fieldwork planning is included in the online application system.)  The LMU Program Director and Fieldwork Liaison will review site fieldwork plans as well as the qualifications of proposed onsite supervisor(s) prior to enrollment in the program to ensure compatibility and adherence to LMU fieldwork policy and guidelines.  A list of potential sites is available in consultation with the LMU Program Director and Fieldwork Liaison.

For candidates who are currently enrolled at LMU in School Counseling Fieldwork or in School Psychology Fieldwork, opportunities are available to complete CWA fieldwork hours in coordination within current fieldwork placement(s).


Per Federal Regulation 34 CFR 668.43(a)(5)(v), all LMU School of Education credential/licensure programs meet the California state requirements as specified by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) and for the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences as appropriate. The institution has not made a determination as to whether these credential, licensure, and professional preparation programs meet the requirements of states outside of California. If you are interested in practicing outside the state of California, it is recommended that you contact the respective licensing entity of that state to seek information or guidance regarding their licensure and credential requirements in advance to allow for appropriate planning.