Requirements and Details

Total Program: 64-67 semester hours
Core Courses: 61-64 semester hours
Code Course Title Units
ASCD 503 Educational Psychology 3
ASCD 550 Human Development 3
SPSY 502 Learning Disabilities and Neurology 3
SPSY 535 Child Psychopathology 3
SPSY 547 Introduction to School Psychology 3
SPSY 548 Program Planning and Evaluation 3
SPSY 549 Counseling and Psychological Theories 3
SPSY 560 Behavioral Interventions for Academic Success 3
SPSY 564 Instruction and Intervention 2
SPSY 567 Crisis Prevention and Intervention 2
SPSY 571 Individual Counseling in Schools 3
SPSY 572 Group Counseling in Schools 3
SPSY 573 Psychology of Multiculturalism in Schools 3
SPSY 574 Consultation Skills for School Psychologists 3
SPSY 577 Individual Assessment 3
SPSY 578 Advanced Assessment 3
SPSY 579 Alternative Assessment and Behavior Intervention 3
Elective from recommended LFCE classes 3
SPSY 586A Practicum I in School Psychology A 1
SPSY 586B Practicum II in School Psychology B 1
SPSY 587A Practicum III in School Psychology 1
SPSY 587B Practicum IV in School Psychology 1
SPSY 589A Supervised Field Work in School Psychology -Level I* 2
SPSY 589B Supervised Field Work in School Psychology -Level II* 2
SPSY 599 Independent Study in School Psychology 1-4
Culminating Activity: 3 semester hours
Code Course Title Units
SPSY 598 Graduate Seminar in School Psychology 3

Passing National School Psychology Praxis Exam for eligibility for PPS Credential in School Psychology.

*Fieldwork/Internship is typically completed within one academic year but shall be completed within no more than two consecutive academic years (This is a mandate from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing).

  1. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning with a GPA of 2.75 or above in undergraduate work and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above for any graduate work.
  2. (a) An undergraduate major in psychology or another behavioral science, or (b) a valid teaching credential with a minimum of one year of full-time classroom teaching experience, or (c) successful coursework or experience demonstrating basic knowledge of general psychology, human learning and development, and human behavior or (d) a pupil personnel services credential in school counseling.
  3. Internet access and a course or the equivalent to demonstrate competence in word processing, database management, computer presentation, and internet skills. This prerequisite must be satisfied before enrolling in SPSY 548.
  4. A statement of purpose outlining reasons for seeking admission to the School Psychology Program, together with an autobiography.
  5. Applicants without prior teaching or counseling experience are strongly encouraged to have at least one year of volunteer or paid experience working with children or adolescents. This experience should be described in the statement of purpose and autobiography.
  6. Three letters of reference addressing the candidate’s potential as a school psychologist. One of these references must be from the candidate’s immediate supervisor.
  7. A personal interview with the program chairperson or designated faculty member.
  8. An application for Certificate of Clearance or a valid California Teaching Credential.
  9. A writing competency sample.
Additional Requirements
  1. Candidates seeking the Pupil Personnel Services Credential must show evidence of having passed the CBEST prior to registering for SPSY 586B.
  2. Demonstrated suitability for the profession of school psychology by completing SPSY 578, prior to entering SPSY 589A.
  3. A Certificate of Clearance or a valid California Teaching Credential before registering for SPSY 586A.
  4. A signed LFCE Dispositions Agreement Form.