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

The Surgeon General’s office has called for more school professionals to meet children’s mental health and academic needs. These valuable individuals provide consultation services to parents and school staff, crisis management services to schools and collaborate with institution-linked health services. Become part of the solution by becoming a school psychologist who helps students overcome academic and social difficulties by providing the understanding, insight and guidance they need to be successful.

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

The unique educational psychology program at Brandman University 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.  Our instructors, many of whom are professionals currently practicing in the field, prepare students to develop the skills to collaborate, advocate for children and youth, collect and evaluate relevant data for educational planning and become influential leaders. Offered in a blended format at Brandman’s Modesto, San Diego and Walnut Creek campuses in California, the program provides the flexibility you need to fit course work into your busy schedule.

By getting a degree in educational psychology you will learn to understand and address learning and behavioral problems in the classroom, provide services that help children and youth with varied abilities, cultural backgrounds and economic standings to succeed academically, emotionally and socially. Curriculum covers legal mandates and regulations as they relate to special education, counseling interventions, leveraging assessments, behavioral plans using NASP guidelines and reporting communication strategies. In addition to academic requirements you will be eligible for graduation after having successfully completed program course work and fieldwork, passed the Praxis exam, and met with faculty for an exit interview.

Admission Requirements

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

  1. Two letters of recommendation with waiver forms are required. These letters must be on official letterhead; must be written by individuals who are familiar with the candidate in an academic setting and who have knowledge of the candidate’s ability to successfully complete graduate courses; and, must address the candidate’s fit for the program. The letters cannot be older than two years from the date of application.
  2. Current Resume (showing experience working with children)
  3. 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. Transcripts from the regionally accredited Baccalaureate degree granting institution and all institutions where post-baccalaureate coursework was completed or attempted.

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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