Education Specialist Degree in School Psychology

Requirements (90 units)

Program Code: SPSY

The Ed.S. in school Psychology is a 90-quarter hour unit sequence program designed for students who have an appropriate undergraduate degree in human development or related field. In addition to the two years of coursework in developmental science, neuroscience, evidence-based intervention, legal and ethical issues, multicultural counseling, research, measurement and cognitive assessment, students must complete 450 hours of applied practica and a 1200 hour internship in a school setting the third year. A comprehensive examination given by NASP consistent with Nationally Certified School Psychologists must be passed during the third year.

Students admitted to the School Psychology Credential Program will design a two-year schedule with their advisor to complete any coursework needed to comply with the common and generic standards for the Pupil Personnel Services Credential as well as advanced coursework (51-quarter unit-sequence) which meets the state standards for school psychology specialization. Included in this sequence are 1200 hours of internship in a school setting (K-12) which are accrued year round. Students must have evidence of completing 450 clock hours of practica prior to beginning 200 hours of internship.

Admission to the Program

Candidates are admitted for fall only. In addition to the general requirements of the university, specific requirements for admission to classified graduate status are:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in psychology or related social science field;
  2. Current vitae or resume;
  3. Writing Requirement for Graduate Classification (WRGC): Writing sample (include an APA-style graduate level paper which indicates writing competency). Paper(s) shall be scored  using a rubric (1-3) in each of four areas: A) Integration/Critical Analysis, B) Content/Organization, C) Style/Format, and D) Grammar/Usage, for a maximum score of 12. The minimal acceptable combined score from all of the four (A-D) sections is 8 points,);
  4. Official transcripts;
  5. Personal statement of why candidate wants to pursue graduate degree in school psychology;
  6. Two reference forms and letters of recommendation from persons having knowledge of the applicant's potential as a school psychologist;
  7. Evidence of current negative TB test.
  8. Submission of an application for a certificate of clearance or evidence of a credential or permit authorizing public school teaching in California;

Advancement to Candidacy

In order to be formally advanced to candidacy a student must have:

  1. Passing of the CBEST. This can be accomplished anytime during the first two years of coursework, and can be taken multiple times;
  2. Completion of all coursework with a grade of B or better;
  3. Approval of advisors in program who know the student's work.

Requirements for Graduation

  1. Completion of all coursework with a grade of B or better;
  2. Completion of 1200 hour internship;
  3. Comprehensive examination that consists of a passing score on the Praxis exam put out by ETS for the National Association of School Psychologists, which indicates student knowledge  level is equivalent to programs across the country. A passing score is one-half standard deviation below the national mean of 147. The Praxis exam can be taken any time after the  student advances to candidacy. Students who do not receive a passing score may petition the College of Education to retake the examination. Students who do not receive a passing  score the second time must petition the Dean of Graduate Studies to retake the exam. Approval to retake the examination may be, at any time, contingent on completion of additional  designated courses;
  4. Completion of a graduation requirement check with Department Graduate Committee and Major Advisor.

Degree Requirements (90 units)

EDSP 607Research in School Psychology4
EDSP 619Appraisal Procedures in Counseling4
EDSP 632Advanced Psychological Foundations of Education4
EDSP 633Human Development for Counseling4
EDSP 647Individual Testing and Case Study Techniques I4
EDSP 648Individual Testing and Case Study Techniques II4
EDSP 649Ecological Assessment and Case Study Techniques4
EDSP 650Career Counseling4
EDSP 654Legal and Ethical Issues in School Psychology4
EDSP 656Counseling Theories4
EDSP 657ACounseling Practicum I4
EDSP 658Family Consultation4
EDSP 660Seminar in Child/Adolescent Psychopathology and Treatment4
EDSP 678Group Counseling4
EDSP 686ASchool Psychology Practicum I4
EDSP 686BSchool Psychology Practicum II4
EDSP 687School Psychologists as Change Agents: Theory and Practice4
EDSP 688Advanced Behavioral Intervention and School Consultation4
EDSP 689Seminar/Internship in School Psychology (must be repeated 3 times for a total of 18 units)18
EDSP 999Comprehensive Examination0
Total Units90