Ed.S., School Psychology and MA, Educational Psychology with Pupil Personnel Services Credential, School Psychology

Ed.S., School Psychology and Master of Arts in Educational Psychology with the Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Psychology

This unique program is designed to promote educational practices that lead to positive outcomes for youth students. The combined Ed.S., School Psychology and MA, Educational Psychology with Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Psychology (PPSP) program prepares graduates to serve as knowledgeable, skilled and reflective school psychologists in California public schools, grades K-12.

Students learn to understand and address learning and behavioral problems in the classroom, and provide services that help children and youth with varied abilities, cultural backgrounds, and economic standings to succeed academically, emotionally and socially.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Law: Interpret legal mandates and regulations to determine possible special education eligibility.
  • Interpersonal: Demonstrate group counseling interventions.
  • Assessment: Identify the ability level of students using empirically-based, valid, standardized instruments.
  • Behavior: Design a behavior plan based on a functional analysis using the NASP guidelines.
  • Communication: Present a comprehensive written report that combines different kinds of information gathered from various sources to evaluate students’ abilities.

Admission Requirements

Applicants intending on enrolling in this program, whether online or on campus, must be California residents and and must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

  1. Three letters of recommendation. From individuals who are familiar with the applicant's academic/professional ability to undertake graduate study.
  2. Three waiver forms.
  3. Autobiographical Essay (2-3 pages). Describing life experiences that have shaped the candidate’s approach to working with children and youth, what led them to the decision to become a school counselor and their commitment to the program.
  4. Current Resume (showing experience working with children)
  5. Intake Interview conducted by designated faculty.

Admission Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements:

Option One – GPA required 3.00 or Higher

  • A 3.0 grade point average (GPA) calculated over the most recent 30 graded semester (45 quarter) credits completed in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential. All credits used for GPA calculation must be from a regionally accredited institution.

Option Two – A GPA between 2.50 and 2.99
calculated in the last 30 graded semester credits (45 quarter credits) in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program including credits earned toward a credential are required to submit passing scores from one of the following standard admission tests:

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): achieve the required minimum scores on two out of the three subsections. The minimum acceptable score for the Quantitative section is 141. The minimum acceptable score for the Verbal section is 150. The minimum acceptable score for the Analytic Writing is 4.5.
  • Miller Analogies Test (MAT): achieve a minimum scaled score of 403.

Option Three – An earned master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution

Option Four – GPA below 2.50, Portfolio

  •   Submission of a portfolio of evidence that shows adequate preparation for graduate studies. The portfolio will contain: writing samples that show graduate level communications and analytical skills; a detailed resume showing professional development and achievements; awards; professional recognition; letters of reference from persons who can attest to the applicant’s ability to do graduate level work; and a letter of explanation detailing the reasons the student believes he or she is a good candidate.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses

CSPU 500 Introduction to Counseling and Intervention 3
CSPU 510 Introduction to the Ethical Practice of School Psychology 3
CSPU 512 Advanced Counseling and Intervention 3
CSPU 513 Group Leadership and Intervention 3
CSPU 514 Cultural and Community Issues in Counseling 3
CSPU 516 Children and Youth in Developmental Context 3
CSPU 534 Practicum in School Psychology I 3
CSPU 535 Practicum in School Psychology II 3
CSPU 616 Leadership and Systems Change 3
CSPU 622 Supervision and Mentoring in School Psychology I 3
CSPU 623 Supervision and Mentoring in School Psychology II 3
CSPU 624 Supervision and Mentoring in School Psychology III 3
CSPU 625 Supervision and Mentoring in School Psychology IV 3
CSPU 636 Cognitive and Neuropsychological Assessment for Intervention 3
CSPU 637 Psychoeducational Assessment I 3
CSPU 638 Psychoeducational Assessment II 3
CSPU 639 Advanced Positive Behavioral Supports 3
CSPU 640 Consultation and Indirect Intervention 3
CSPU 641 Best Practices in School Psychology 3
EDUU 519 Teaching Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities 3
EDUU 600 Research and Evaluation Methods 3
EDUU 602 Positive Behavioral Supports 3
EDUU 606 Seminar in Learning Theory 3
EDUU 655 Individualized Education Plan Development and Special Education Law 3

 

Total Credits 72
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