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School Psychology

School Psychology

Program Overview

Students completing this program are employed in prek-12 education to provide direct and indirect psychological and academic support to students. On average, students complete the EdS Program in 3-4 years. The program cannot be completed in less than 3 years. This includes two to three years of full time (9-12 credits per semester) study, 450 hours of practicum, and a full-time, 1200 hour, internship. Classes are held in the late afternoon (4:00 PM) and evenings to accommodate students who work during the day.

Our faculty adhere to NASP's nondiscrimination and equal opportunity policy (PDF)

America's top social services career

U.S. News & World Report has ranked the best social service jobs in the United States, and School Psychology is #1. Overall, the magazine ranked School Psychology as the 31st best job across all sectors. An upbeat employment outlook contributes to the ranking:

"The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 16,400 new school psychologist jobs will be added between 2012 and 2022, for an employment growth rate of 11.3 percent. Part of that expansion comes from the increasing demands from students with learning disabilities, special needs and behavioral issues." (Quoted from U.S. News & World Report

Features of our program

  • Educational Specialist degree (EdS). More information on EdS degrees is available.
  • Meets qualifications for recommending Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential in School Psychology.
  • CSULB School Psychology program ranked #8 in the Nation for scholarly productivity

CSULB is accredited by

  • National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
  • Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC)
  • National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

Why choose CSULB?

  • Our program offers the incredible opportunity to serve on an OSEP Grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Selected students receive funding toward tuition, textbooks, and travel to NASP conventions in exchange for committing to extra field work training. More grant information (PDF) is available.

  • CSULB has an on-site Clinic where our students have the opportunity to administer psychoeducational evaluations,and  provide intense academic interventions and individual counseling to children and youth from the community under direct supervision of faculty.

  • Students are encouraged to engage in faculty research. Students have opportunities to present research at state and national conferences with faculty, and contribute to manuscripts published in peer reviewed journals.

  • Alumni of our program are eligible to participate in the UCSB 2020 doctoral scholars initiative that recognizes prior coursework in earning a PhD in School Psychology.  For more information, go to UCSB.

  • Alumni who are mentored by program faculty while pursuing a doctoral degree at another university may be eligible for the CSU Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive/Loan Forgiveness program.  More information on this Incentive/Loan Forgiveness program is available.

  • Our students can get involved in the CSULB School Psychology Student Association (SPSA). This is a student run organization that is very active in promoting research, mentorship, networking, and leadership among the program students and alumni. The School Psychology Student Association earned an award in 2013 through CSULB Student Life and Development in recognition of excellent programming throughout the year! More information on the SPSA is available.

  • Our school psychology students are diverse. Almost half (48%) are from historically underrepresented minority groups, and 52% are bilingual.

  • Our school psychology graduates are highly qualified. (All 2014 graduates passed the Praxis test and are eligible to become Nationally Certified School Psychologists.)

  • Graduate programs at CSULB are affordable. (CSULB was identified as second-lowest in student debt for our region by US News & World Report.)

  • A recent article by Laurent & Runia (2016) examined the scholarly productivity of school psychology faculty members of the 138 non-doctoral programs in the US during a 10-year period. Author credit was computed for faculty members within each program based on journal articles published from 2002 – 2011. CSULB’s school psychology program was ranked the 8th most productive programs in the Nation. Dr. Kristin Powers was identified as the 13th most productive faculty member for this time period compared to over 300 faculty members of specialist-level school psychology programs.

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Additional resources

  • Prospective applicants are invited to attend one of our informational meetings to speak with students currently enrolled in the program. These meetings are held at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (1996 Ximeno Avenue, Long Beach) from 4-5 p.m. 

  • More information about the field of School Psychology is available.

  • The CSULB Graduate Studies Office of the College of Education offers workshops for prospective students. The schedule for the workshops is available.

Collage of Photos with descriptions following in the text

  • #1 Veronica Vazquez, Powers, Sarah Verdugo
  • #2 Ron Marin, Hagans, Dave Saveau
  • #3 Caroline Mann, Gabriella Tutson, Christina Tran, Jessica Oueilhe
  • #4 Dave S., Hagans, Powers, Jessica O., Arturo Garcia
  • #5 Christina T., Gabriella T., Jessica O., Jhennick Viana
  • #6 Laura Villegas, Shantal Ben-Aderet
  • #7 Hagans, Veronica V.
  • #8 Dave S., Arturo G., Pamela B., Caroline M., Jhennick V., Ron M., Powers, Hagans, Sarah V., Jessica O., and Veronica V. in the back row. Front row is Collette W., Gabriella T., Christina T., Darin M., and Hyemi L.
  • #9 Katherine Guerrerro, Jhennick V., Jessica O., and Veronica V.