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2012-2013 CSULB University Catalog

Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling

Programs - Educational Specialist in School Psychology

**The below information has been altered from the published version of the catalog. The due date for fall admissions has been properly updated to January 15th. A list of differences in the online and published version of the catalog is available. **

The school psychology program is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). Students completing this program are employed in prek-12 education to provide direct and indirect psychological and academic support to students. The Educational Specialist degree is based on 60 units of course work (plus 6 prerequisites), thus, it is a more advanced than a master's degree, which is based on a minimum of 30 units. Student entering the Educational Specialist in School Psychology program concurrently fulfill requirements for the Pupil Personnel Services – School Psychology (PPS/SP) Intern and Full Credentials. The PPS/SP is required by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) for persons employed in the public schools as school psychologists.

University Admission

In addition to filing a program application (see next section), prospective students must file an Application for graduate admission along with one complete set of official transcripts with the University Office of Admissions prior to the January 15 due date for fall admissions.

Program Admission

  • 1. Program application
  • 2. Copies of official transcripts verifying a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the last 60 semester units (or 90 quarter units) of course work
  • 3. Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university
  • 4. An official transcript obtained from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test of test scores of 300 or higher for the combined Verbal and Quantitative portions of the test or copies of official transcripts verifying completion of a master's degree in a related field
  • 5. Three letters of reference by persons who have engaged in professional work with the applicant
  • 6. A written personal statement – see current application form
  • 7. Screening interview – after the admission committee reviews all eligible applications, select applicants are invited for an interview with program faculty

Program Requirements

1. Completion of the following prerequisites or an equivalent:

  • ED P 405 Positive Strategies for Classroom Management (3)
    Prerequisites: None.
    • and
  • ED P 301 Child Development and Learning: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (3)
    Prerequisites: None.
    • or
  • ED P 302 Early and Late Adolescent Development and Learning: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (3)
    Prerequisites: None.

2. Completion of the following core courses:

  • ED P 525A Psychoeducational Assessment of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students (3)
    Prerequisites: EDP 524A, EDP 524B. orequisite: EDP 525B.
  • ED P 525B Psychoeducational Assessment of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students: Clinical Applications (2)
    Prerequisites: EDP 524A, 524B. Corequisite: EDP 525A.
  • ED P 527 Advanced Assessment for Intervention (3)
    Prerequisites: EDP 525A, 525B, 579. Corequisite: EDP 642A.
  • ED P 528 Introduction to School Psychology (3)
    Prerequisites: Admission to the School Psychology Program.
  • ED P 536 Collaborative Consultation in the Schools (3)
    Prerequisites/Corequisites: COUN 643A, 644A, EDP 642A, 642B, or Field Placement in Special Education.
  • ED P 560 Functional Behavior Assessment and Positive Behavior Support (3)
    Prerequisites: EDP 405.
  • ED P 579 Curriculum-Based Assessments and Academic Interventions (4)
    Prerequisites: Admission to the school psychology program and EDP 524A and 524B.
  • ED P 641A School Psychology Practicum (2)
    Prerequisites: Admission to school psychology program, EDP 524A, EDP 524B, EDP 525A, EDP 525B, and 528. Prerequisites/Corequisites: 579.
  • ED P 641B School Psychology Practicum (2)
    Prerequisites: Admission to the school psychology program, EDP 524A, 524B, 525A, 525B, 528 and 641A.
  • ED P 642A Field Work I ‑ School Psychology (3)
    Prerequisites: EDP 525A, completion of acceptable masters degree, concurrent enrollment in EDP 527, and approval of program coordinator.
  • ED P 642B Field Work II ‑ School Psychology (3)
    Prerequisites: EDP 527, 642A, and approval of program coordinator.

Completion of the following core courses or equivalent with a minimum of 42 units of the 51 unit core program completed in residency at CSULB:

  • ED P 419 Educational Statistics (3)
    Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of an undergraduate mathematics course suitable for general education math credit and, if required by the major, a lower-division statistics course.
  • ED P 517 Counseling and Mental Health in Schools (3)
    Prerequisites: Admission to the School Psychology program. Concurrent enrollment in EDP 641A or consent of instructor.
  • ED P 518 School Crisis Response (3)
    Prerequisites: EDP 528 or consent of instructor.
  • ED P 520 Quantitative Research Methods in Education (3)
    Prerequisites: For majors in MA in Educational Psychology: EDP 419 or equivalent. For other majors: EDP 400 or equivalent.
  • ED P 524A Psychoeducational Assessment (3)
    Prerequisites/Corequisites: EDP 528; Corequisites: EDP EDP 524B and admittance to the School Psychology Program.
  • ED P 524B Psychoeducational Assessment: Clinical Applications (2)
    Prerequisites/Corequisites: EDP 528; Corequisites: EDP 524A and admittance to the School Psychology Program.
  • ED P 603 Developmental Risk and Resilience (3)
    Prerequisites: EDP 301 or 302.

3. Completion of one of the three options of a 9-unit specialization:

A. Educational Psychology Emphasis – 9 units chosen from the following:

  • ED P 519, 541, 596, 604, 605, 595,

B. Thesis Option – 6 units chosen from the following:

  • ED P 698 Thesis (3)
    Prerequisites: Advancement to candidacy, EDP 519 or 520 or 595 or 696, approval by director, department chair and associate dean..
    • and
  • ED P 519 Quantitative Educational Data Analysis I (3)
    Prerequisites: EDP 419 or equivalent.
    • or
  • ED P 595 Qualitative Research Methods in Education (3)
    Prerequisites: EDP 400 or equivalent.
    • or

C. Equivalent Master's Degree Option - 9 units equivalent from existing master's degree in related field.

4. Successful completion of comprehensive exam or thesis.

5. Advancement to candidacy:

  • A. Take the following:
    • ED P 301 Child Development and Learning: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (3) [or ED P 302 Early and Late Adolescent Development and Learning: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (3)]
    • ED P 405 Positive Strategies for Classroom Management (3)
    • ED P 419 Educational Statistics (3)
    • ED P 520 Quantitative Research Methods in Education (3)
    • ED P 603 Developmental Risk and Resilience (3)
    • ED P 528 Introduction to School Psychology (3)
  • B. Fulfill the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).

6. All University regulations governing the master's degree apply to the Education Specialist in School Psychology degree.

7. Students are annually evaluated for specific professional competencies. If a student is 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 internship or full credential or the EdS degree.

8. Certificate of Clearance and successful performance on the CBEST is required prior to enrolling in practica:

  • ED P 641A School Psychology Practicum (2)

9. Completion of the National School Psychology Examination (ETS/PRAXIS II #10400) prior to completion of the program.

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