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 3.00 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. Possession of a master's degree in a related field or admission into the Educational Specialist Degree in School 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 www.ced.csulb.edu/graduate/application-packets.
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 Educational Specialist Degree in School Psychology;
2. Complete all of the following prerequisites (or acceptable equivalents):
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:
Assessment and Intervention:
Practica and Fieldwork:
Complete 4 advisor-approved elective courses;
3. Students are annually evaluated for specific professional competencies. If students are found insufficient in 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, EDP 560, and EDP 642A and EDP 642B;
6. Completion of the National School Psychology Examination (ETS/PRAXIS II #10400) prior to completion of the program.
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.