The CWA Added Authorization program, open to currently enrolled LMU candidates in PPS programs, as well as LMU PPS alumni from the past five years, is a 3-course, 9-unit program that may be completed in either one academic semester, or over the course of two, consecutive academic semesters. The following course sequence is offered on Saturdays during the Fall and Spring semesters:

1. EDSP 5303: Foundations in Child Welfare & 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.

2. EDSP 5304: School Attendance Improvement & Truancy Remediation: Prevention & 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.

3. EDSP 5305: Fieldwork in CWA Supervision (3 units, which includes 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 this course, 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) must be acquired in a school setting in direct contact with pupils and/or stakeholders. A minimum of thirty hours (30) must be 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) may be acquired at the discretion of the university supervisor.

Current LMU School Counseling and School Psychology Fieldwork candidates will have the opportunity to complete their CWA fieldwork hours within their School Counseling and School Psychology Fieldwork placement(s). For LMU PPS alumni, the Counseling Program's Fieldwork Liaison will provide a list of approved sites and site supervisors to all CWA Fieldwork candidates.


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.