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Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling

Credential Programs

School Psychology Credential (code 804)

The School Psychology Credential program, accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC), prepares graduates to consult with teachers, parents, administrators and others regarding the learning and behavior of children in grades PreK-12. School psychologists develop and implement interventions and monitor the progress of students with special needs, assist students in developing productive and successful school careers, and assist teachers in the areas of behavior management and instruction. A teaching credential is not required.


  • 1. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  • 2. Minimum 3.0 overall grade point average in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units of coursework.
  • 3. Possession of a master's degree in a related field or admission into the Master of Arts in Education, Option in Educational Psychology.
  • 4. For international students whose primary language is not English, minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).


Application and directions can be downloaded at


The following are required for graduation from the School Psychology Program:

  • 1. Students who enter the School Psychology Credential program without an earned master's degree in one of the behavioral sciences must complete the Master of Arts in Education degree with the Option in Educational Psychology;
  • 2. Complete all of the following prerequisites (or acceptable equivalents):
      • EDP 301 (or EDP 302) Child Development and Learning: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (3)
      • EDP 419 Educational Statistics (3)
      • EDP 405 Positive Strategies-Classroom Management (3)
    • Complete a minimum of 60 units of graduate coursework or the equivalent (with approval of the School Psychology faculty) in the following areas of study:
    • Educational Psychology:
      • EDP 520 Quantitative Research Methods in Educ (3)
      • EDP 528 Orientation to Professional School Psy (3)
      • EDP 605 Theories of Learning, Cognition, Motivation, and Social Development (3)
    • Counseling:
      • EDP 517 Seminar in School Counseling (3)
      • COUN 601 Trauma and Grief Counseling (3)
    • Assessment and Intervention:
      • EDP 524A Psychoeducational Assessment (3)
      • EDP 524B Psychoeducational Assessment: Clinical Applications (2)
      • EDP 525A Psychoeducational Assessment of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students (3)
      • EDP 525B Psychoeducational Assessment of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students: Clinical Applications (2)
      • EDP 527 Advanced Assessment for Intervention (3)
      • EDP 536 Collaborative Consultation in the Schools (3)
      • EDP 560 Behavioral Analysis and Positive Behavioral Interventions (3)
      • EDP 579 Curriculum-Based Assessments and Academic Interventions (4)
    • Practica and fieldwork:
      • EDP 641A School Psychology Practicum (2)
      • EDP 641B School Psychology Practicum (2)
      • EDP 642A Field Work I ‑ School Psychology (3)
      • EDP 642B Field Work II ‑ School Psychology (3)
    • Complete 4 advisor-approved elective courses;
  • 3. Students are annually evaluated for specific professional competencies. If students are found insufficient on one or more of the competencies, the student may be required to complete additional course work, practica, fieldwork, and/or other activities before being approved for the PPS intern or full credential;
  • 4. A Certificate of Clearance and successful performance on the CBEST is required prior to enrolling in practica;
  • 5. Fieldwork in School Psychology prerequisites: Master's degree in related field and all program courses except EDP 527, 560, and EDP 642A and 642B;
  • 6. Completion of the National School Psychology Examination (ETS/PRAXIS II #10400) prior to completion of the program.

School Psychology Internship

See Program Coordinator for details.

An internship performed under the supervision and with permission of the School Psychology faculty and the school district which hires the intern is required. In order to be recommended to a district as a possible intern, the student must have all program entry requirements and be approved by the School Psychology credential coordinator.

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