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
Acceptance into the graduate program in school psychology is based on multiple criteria. These criteria include academic potential, experience working with children and youth, and compatibility with program philosophy. To be considered for admission the applicant must:

  1. Satisfactorily fulfill graduate admission requirements for Brandman University as stated in the catalog (see the Graduate Admissions section) including meeting the grade point average for a graduate program.
  2. Applicants using Brandman University Admissions Option Two with a grade point average between 2.5 and 2.99 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:
    1. Graduate Record Exam (GRE): achieve the required minimum scores on two out of three of the subsections of the GRE. (Minimum score for Quantitative: 141, minimum score for Verbal: 150, minimum score for Analytic Writing: 4.5

    2. Miller Analogies Test (MAT): achieve a minimum scaled score of 403.
  3. Submit a graduate application with the following:
    1. Three letters of recommendation from individuals who have experience with the candidate in an academic setting and have knowledge of the candidate’s academic potential and from someone who knows the candidate in a work setting, preferably one where the candidate works with children.
    2. A current resume which includes experiences working with children.
    3. An autobiographical essay (2-3 pages) describing the life experiences that have shaped the candidate’s approach to working with children and youth and what led to the decision to become a school psychologist and their commitment to the program.
  4. All applicants are required to arrange for an intake interview. The interview will be conducted by the Associate Dean or other designated faculty members.

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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