ED.S. in Autism

Education Specialist Degree in School Psychology (ED.S.), Autism

The Educational Specialist degree in Psychology with Master’s in Education and PPSC in Autism emphasis allows you to become a school psychologist that truly understands the needs of autistic children.

Program Overview

Brandman’s ED.S. with PPSC emphasis in Autism combines California’s State requirements for a pupil personal services credential and necessary education to become an authorized school psychologist. The program also allows you to make a difference where there is the greatest need. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in 68 children have been identified as having Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Students with this emphasis will:

  • Gain a deeper and fuller understanding of ASD
  • Be prepared to become skillful consultants and interventionists at their school sites
  • Understand the legalities of special education

Admission Requirements

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

  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who know the candidate in a work setting, preferably one working with children
  • Current Resume (showing experience working with children)
  • An autobiographical essay (2-3 pages) 
  • An 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 2.75 – 2.99
calculated in the last 30 semester credits (45 quarter credits) in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program including credits earned toward a credential to be admitted to the Master of Arts in Education degree program and must have a passing score on one of the examinations noted below:

  • 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)
  • Miller Analogies Test (MAT): achieve a minimum scaled score of 403.
  • State Teacher Examinations: successfully complete the appropriate California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET), or Single Subject Assessments for Teaching (SSAT) and/or Praxis Examination.

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.

Required Courses  
CSPU 500 Introduction to Counseling and Interpersonal Relations: Concepts and Skills 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 and School Psychology 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 for Intervention I 3
CSPU 638 Psychoeducational Assessment for Intervention 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 Behavior Supports 3
EDUU 606 Seminar in Learning Theory 3
EDUU 655 Individualized Education Plan Development and Special Education Law 3
Total Credits 72

Autism (12 credits):

Code Title Credits
EDUU 575 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders: Etiologies and Characteristics 3
EDUU 675 Assessing Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders 3
EDUU 676 Autism Spectrum Disorders: Programming and Strategies, I 3
EDUU 677 Autism Spectrum Disorders: Programming and Strategies, II 3
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