School Psychology Program Description

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

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. Completion of the following or an equivalent (may be taken within the first year after admission): EDP 405 and EDP 301 or EDP 302.
  4. Proof of meeting the Basic Skills Requirement.
  5. International applicants have additional university application requirements including meeting the English language proficiency requirement. Please visit the International Applicants tab for more information. Please note that foreign degrees must be evaluated by WES, a CTC approved agency.
  6. Domestic applicants with foreign degrees may have additional university application requirements. Please visit the International Applicants tab for more information

NOTE: The GRE is not required for admission to the program.

See the Online Application Submission website regarding how to submit the application and transcripts. 

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)

Prerequisite courses do not need to be completed prior to applying nor prior to being admitted. Prerequisite course completion does not impact an applicant’s eligibility for admission to the program. Prerequisite courses may be completed the summer session prior to admission or during the first year in the program at the discretion of the advisor.

A minimum of 60 units is required.

Core Courses (51 units)

  • EDP 419 Educational Statistics (3 units)
  • EDP 517 Individual and Group Counseling in Schools (2 units)
  • EDP 518 School Crisis Response (3 units)
  • EDP 520 Quantitative Research Methods In Education (3 units)
  • EDP 524A Psychoeducational Assessment of Diverse Student Populations (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 579A Academic Assessment and Intervention (3 units)
  • EDP 579B Academic Assessment and Intervention: Clinical Applications (2 units)
  • EDP 603 Mental and Behavioral Health in Schools (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
  • EDP 695 School Psychology Capstone

(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 practicum 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)


Please the University Catalog for course descriptions.

Year 1 - Fall

  • EDP 301/302 Prerequisite (if not waived)
  • EDP 405 
  • EDP 419
  • EDP 520
  • EDP 524A
  • EDP 524B
  • EDP 528

Year 1 - Spring

  • EDP 560
  • EDP 524C
  • EDP 603
  • EDP 579A
  • 1 course for emphasis area (Educational Psychology, Thesis, or Related Field)

Year 2 - Fall

  • EDP 517 or EDP 536
  • EDP 579B 
  • EDP 641A
  • 1 course for emphasis area (Educational Psychology, Thesis, or Related Field)

Year 2 - Spring

  • EDP 517 or EDP 536
  • EDP 518
  • EDP 527
  • EDP 641B
  • 1 course for emphasis area (Educational Psychology, Thesis, or Related Field)
  • Take PRAXIS

Year 3 - Fall

  • EDP 642A
  • EDP 695

Year 3 - Spring

  • EDP 642B
  • EDP 643