MA, Education Psychology w/ Pupil Personnel Services Credential, School Psychology (PPSC)

The School Psychology program prepares you to serve as a knowledgeable, skilled and reflective school psychologist in California public schools, grades K-12. You’ll learn to understand and address learning and behavioral problems in the classroom, and provide services that help students from varied abilities, cultural backgrounds, and economic levels to succeed academically, emotionally and socially.

Candidates earn both an Educational Specialist degree and a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology, as well as PPS Credential.

Who is this program for?

For students committed to education and interested in providing insight and guidance to our youth – our school psychology program will put you on the path to becoming a credentialed school psychologist in California.

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.

The school psychology program also requires the following:

  • Fieldwork and Internship:  All candidates must complete the two practicum courses in school psychology and a minimum of 450 hours of practica fieldwork prior to beginning the final year fieldwork or internship with a minimum of 1200 hours of field experience. Most of these hours must be completed in a public school setting. All hours must be under the supervision of an experienced professional with a Pupil Personnel credential in school psychology.
  • Applications for practicum courses must be filed with the clinical coordinator at least two terms prior to the session in which a student plans to begin supervision and mentoring courses (or by the deadline established at the campus of residence).  All the Credential and Program requirements must be met prior to any practicum courses being taken.
  • Exit Interview: Candidates must successfully complete an oral exit interview, a professional portfolio, and a capstone project to exit the program. Candidates must meet all course requirements and earn a score of 147 or better on the ETS Praxis exam in school psychology (#0401).

Upon successfully completion of all degree and credential and program requirements, graduates may apply to be recommended to the CTC for their PPSP credential.  Candidates may do this by filling out the on-line Recommendation Form on the Self Service page on MyBrandman.  The candidate’s application is then reviewed and recommended by the Teacher Accreditation Department to the CTC for the credential.

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 Center 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
CSPU 636 Strategies: Mild and Moderate 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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