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2013-2014 CSULB University Catalog

Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling

Programs - Educational Specialist in School Psychology

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.

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:

  • EDP 405 and EDP 301

  • or

  • EDP 302

2. Completion of the following core courses:

  • EDP 525A Psychoeducational Assessment of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students (3)
    Prerequisites: EDP 524A, 524B. Corequisites: EDP 525B.

  • EDP 525B Psychoeducational Assessment of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students: Clinical Applications (2)
    Prerequisites: EDP 524A, 524B. Corequisites: EDP 525A.

  • EDP 527 Advanced Assessment for Intervention (3)
    Prerequisites: EDP 525A, 525B, 579. Corequisites: EDP 642A.

  • EDP 528 Introduction to School Psychology (3)
    Prerequisite: Admission to the School Psychology program.

  • EDP 536 Collaborative Consultation in the Schools (3)
    Prerequisites/Corequisites: COUN 643A, 644A, EDP 642A, 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 524B.

  • EDP 641A School Psychology Practicum (2)
    Prerequisites: Admission to School Psychology Program, EDP 524A, 524B, 525A, 525B, and 528. Prerequisites/Corequisites: EDP 579.

  • EDP 641B School Psychology Practicum (2)
    Prerequisites: Admission to the School Psychology Program, EDP 524A, 524B, 525A, 525B, 528, and 641A.

  • EDP 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.

  • EDP 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:

  • 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 517 Counseling and Mental Health in Schools (3)
    Prerequisite: Admission to the School Psychology program. Concurrent enrollment in EDP 641A or consent of instructor.

  • EDP 518 School Crisis Response (3)
    Prerequisite: EDP 528 or consent of instructor.

  • EDP 520 Quantitative Research Methods in Education (3)
    Prerequisites: EDP 419 or equivalent.

  • 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 603 Developmental Risk and Resilience (3)
    Prerequisite: 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:
    • EDP 519, 541, 596, 604, 605, 595,


  • B. Thesis Option – 6 units chosen from the following:
    • EDP 698 and EDP 519

    • or

    • EDP 595


  • 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:
    • EDP 301, 405, 419, 520, 528, 603


  • B. Fulfill the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).

6. All University regulations governing the master's degree apply to the Educational 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:

  • EDP 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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