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School Psychology Program Requirements

The program is 60 units and designed to be completed in 3 years.

Eligibility to Apply

The following are required for admission to the program:

  1. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. Minimum 3.00 overall grade point average in last degree (not credential or certificate) earned from an accredited institution of higher education. Applicants whose overall GPA is less than 3.00 but meet the University minimum GPA requirement and who present compelling evidence of academic and professional potential, either through recent academic performance and/or experiential background, may be considered for admission at the discretion of the program admission committee.
  3. Minimum combined score (Verbal and Quantitative) of 300 on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or a master's degree in a related field.
  4. Completion of the following or an equivalent (may be taken within the first year after admission): EDP 405 and EDP 301 or EDP 302.
  5. International applicants have additional university application requirements including meeting the English language proficiency requirement. Please visit The Center for International Education (CIE) website at for more information.
  6. Please note a current Certificate of Clearance is required for Practicum and Fieldwork. This will require a background check. The Certificate of Clearance is not required in order to apply or to be admitted, however applicants need to be aware of this requirement and will need to obtain the Certificate of Clearance once admitted.
  7. Please also note per the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) licensing requirements California Prepared Educators must complete the Basic Skills Requirement by passage of the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) or meet the requirement using an approved alternative prior to recommendation of the Pupil Personnel Services Credential. Reference: Education Code Sections 44252 (f) and 44225 (n). For additional information about the Basic Skills Requirement and ways to satisfy the requirement, please visit


Prerequisite courses may be completed the summer prior to or during the first year in the program at the discretion of the advisor.  They do not need to be completed prior to applying to the program.

  • EDP 301 or 302  Child Development and Learning OR Early/Late Adolescent Development and Learning (3 units)
  • EDP 405  Positive Strategies for Classroom Management (3 units)

Degree and Credential Requirements

A minimum of 60 units is required.

Core Courses (51 units)

  • EDP 419                Educational Statistics (3 units)
  • EDP 517                Counseling and Mental Health in Schools (3 units)
  • EDP 518                School Crisis Response (3 units)
  • EDP 520                Quantitative Research Methods In Education (3 units)
  • EDP 524A             Psychoeducational Assessment (3 units)
  • EDP 524B             Psychoeducational Assessment: Clinical Applications (2 units)                  
  • EDP 524C             Psychoeducational Assessment II: Clinical Applications (2 units)
  • EDP 527                Advanced Assessment for Intervention (3 units)
  • EDP 528                Introduction to School Psychology (3 units)
  • EDP 536                Collaborative Consultation in the Schools (3 units)
  • EDP 560               Functional Behavior Assessment and Positive Behavior Support (3 units)
  • EDP 579                Curriculum-Based Assessments and Academic Interventions (4 units)
  • EDP 603                Developmental Risk and Resilience (3 units)
  • EDP 641A             School Psychology Practicum (2 units)
  • EDP 641B             School Psychology Practicum (2 units)
  • EDP 642A             Field Work I – School Psychology (3 units)
  • EDP 642B             Field Work II – School Psychology (3 units)
  • EDP 643                Systemic Approaches to Interventions in Schools (3 units)

Emphasis (9 units)

Choose a, b, or c below in consultation with program advisor:

(a)    Educational Psychology Emphasis

  • EDP 519                Quantitative Educational Data Analysis I
  • EDP 595                Qualitative Research Methods in Education
  • EDP 596                Program Evaluation in Education
  • EDP 604                Seminar in Human Development

(b)    Thesis Emphasis

EDP 698 (6 units taken over two semesters) and 3 units selected from:

  • EDP 519  Quantitative Educational Data Analysis I
  • EDP 595  Qualitative Research Methods in Education
  • Or 3 units of advisor approved 500/600 level elective from approved master’s degree

(c) Related field emphasis – 9 units from a master’s degree in a related field

Other Requirements

Obtain a Certificate of Clearance from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Complete 450 hours of practica and a 1200-hour internship.

Exit Requirements

Complete and pass a culminating experience - either comprehensive exam or thesis; completion of the Internship Portfolio with a satisfactory rating; and passing the National School Psychology Examination (ETS/PRAXIS II #10400). Students who opt to take comprehensive exams must pass the National School Psychology Examination to receive their degree and be recommended to Commission on Teacher Credentialing for the PPS credential.

School Psychology Specialization and Culminating Activity

Students With Master's

Students without Master's

Utilize 9 units in a related field of study (i.e., specialization area) PLUS Comprehensive Exam


EDP 698 (6 units) and EDP 519 or EDP 595 (or equivalent) PLUS Thesis

Choose 3 of the following: EDP 519, 541, 596, 604, 605 PLUS Comprehensive Exam


Choose 1: EDP 595 or 519 PLUS Thesis (and 6 units of EDP 698)


Course Descriptions


Please the University Catalog for course descriptions.