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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.

Prerequisites

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

Application and directions can be downloaded at www.ced.csulb.edu/graduate/application-packets.

Requirements

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):

  • EDP 301 (or EDP 302) Child Development and Learning: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (3)
    Prerequisites: None.
  • EDP 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.
  • EDP 405 Positive Strategies-Classroom Management (3)
    Prerequisites: None.

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)
    Prerequisites: For majors in MA in Educational Psychology: ED P 419 or equivalent. For other majors: ED P 400 or equivalent.
  • EDP 528 Introduction to School Psychology (3)
    Prerequisite: Admission to the School Psychology program.
  • EDP 605 Theories of Learning, Cognition, Motivation, and Social Development (3)
    Prerequisites: EDP 301 or EDP 302.

Counseling:

  • EDP 517 Counseling and Mental Health in Schools (3)
    Prerequisite: Admission to School Psychology program; concurrent enrollment in EDP 641A or 641B; or consent of instructor.
  • COUN 601 Trauma and Grief Counseling (3)
    Prerequisites: COUN 556 or consent of instructor.

Assessment and Intervention:

  • EDP 524A Psychoeducational Assessment (3)
    Prerequisites/Corequisites: EDP 528; Corequisites: EDP 524B and admittance to the School Psychology Program.
  • EDP 524B Psychoeducational Assessment: Clinical Applications (2)
    Prerequisites/Corequisites: EDP 528; Corequisites: EDP 524A and admittance to the School Psychology Program.
  • EDP 525A Psychoeducational Assessment of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students (3)
    Prerequisites: EDP 524A, EDP 524B. Corequisites: EDP 525B.
  • EDP 525B Psychoeducational Assessment of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students: Clinical
    Applications (2)
    Prerequisites: EDP 524A, EDP 524B. Corequisites: EDP 525A.
  • EDP 527 Advanced Assessment for Intervention (3)
    Prerequisites: EDP 525A, EDP 525B, EDP 579. Corequisites: EDP 642A.
  • EDP 536 Collaborative Consultation in the Schools (3)
    Prerequisites/Corequisites: COUN 643A, COUN 644A, EDP 642A, EDP 642B, or Field Placement in Special Education.
  • EDP 560 Functional Behavior Assessment and Positive Behavior Support (3)
    Prerequisites: EDP 405
  • EDP 579 Curriculum-Based Assessments and Academic Interventions (4)
    Prerequisites: Admission to the School Psychology Program and EDP 524A and EDP 524B.

Practica and Fieldwork:

  • EDP 641A School Psychology Practicum (2)
    Prerequisites: Admission to School Psychology Program, EDP 524A, EDP 524B, EDP 525A, EDP 525B, and EDP 528. Prerequisites/Corequisites: EDP 579.
  • EDP 641B School Psychology Practicum (2)
    Prerequisites: Admission to the School Psychology Program, EDP 524A, EDP 524B, EDP 525A, EDP 525B, EDP 528, and EDP 641A.
  • EDP 642A Field Work I ‑ School Psychology (1-3)
    Prerequisites: EDP 579, EDP 641B; concurrent enrollment in EDP 560; approval of program coordinator.
  • EDP 642B Field Work II ‑ School Psychology (1-3)
    Prerequisites: EDP 579, EDP 641A; concurrent enrollment in EDP 518; approval of program coordinator.

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.

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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