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

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

This degree prepares students to serve as a school psychologist and provide consultation services to parents and school staff, crisis management services to schools, and collaborate with institution-linked health services. 

The Benefits of a combined Ed.S. and MA degree at Brandman

The Ed.S., School Psychology and Master of Arts in Educational Psychology with the Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Psychology prepares you to serve as an effective school psychologist in public K-12 institutions and meets the requirements for a California State Pupil Personnel Services credential, authorizing professional practice in the field.

  • Meet the need for more school professionals to address and evaluate children’s mental health and academic needs.
  • Learn to understand and address learning and behavioral problems in the classroom.
  • Help students overcome academic and social difficulties by providing the understanding, insight and guidance they need to be successful.
  • Develop the skills to collaborate, advocate for children, evaluate relevant data for educational planning and become an influential leader.
  • Understand regulations as they relate to special education, counseling interventions, leveraging assessments, and reporting communication strategies.
  • Beyond course work and fieldwork, graduation requirements include passing the Praxis exam and an exit interview with faculty.

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.

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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