Master of Science in School Psychology with PPSP Credential

The Department of Pupil Personnel Services-School Psychology offers a graduate degree leading to the Master of Science in School Psychology and a recommendation for a Pupil Personnel School Psychology credential (PPSP). Candidates enrolled in the degree and credential program are not awarded the master’s degree until they have completed all coursework including practicum and internship and successful completion of the PRAXIS exam. Course equivalence cannot be granted for life experiences.

This program is aligned with California Commission for Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) standards and prepares candidates in California for the position of school psychologist. Graduates of this program generally seek employment as a school psychologist in Pk-12 school districts and must hold a PPSP credential for public school employment.

Students taking courses online are advised that there is a program requirement for students to meet onsite for 16 Saturdays to engage in experiential, hands-on training for the 4 assessment courses: PED 671-674. No make-up sessions will be available for the Saturday sessions; students absent from a session may be significantly delayed from completing the program. Onsite campuses for these four courses include Los Angeles, Costa Mesa, Rancho Cordova, San Diego, Fresno, and Bakersfield.

Program Advisement
All PPSP candidates will be assigned a faculty advisor. Candidates will meet with a faculty advisor for evaluation of prior coursework to meet program prerequisites. All candidates are expected to communicate with their assigned faculty advisor at the following times: (1) upon admission into the program, (2) after 5 classes, (3) before starting their practicum and internship, (4) at the exit of the program.

Candidates who receive a grade lower than a “B” in two or more courses may be evaluated by the faculty and may be required to repeat the course(s) at their own expense before being allowed to continue in the program.

For additional information on credential requirements, please see the Sanford College of Education Credential Information section of the catalog.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze consultative/collaborative relationships with school staff, parents, and community agencies in support of student success.
  • Evaluate various methods of assessment in order to make data-based decisions.
  • Analyze how systemic school approaches can affect student outcomes.
  • Examine societal influences on academic and social behavior.
  • Appraise principles related to prevention in the context of their ability to improve services provided to students.
  • Examine strategies related to family systems that support student success.
  • Evaluate strategies that mitigate individual differences, abilities, disabilities, and other diverse characteristics in order to enhance services for students.
  • Compare and contrast current research methodologies used in school psychology and related fields.
  • Conduct research using relevant design, statistics, measurements, data analysis, and program evaluation methods to improve student outcomes.
  • Interpret the ethical, legal, and professional standards necessary to engage in sound decision making.
  • Design a crisis intervention plan that includes responses that address both individual and school-wide emergency concerns.


To receive a Master of Science in School Psychology, students must complete at least 90.0 quarter units of graduate work. A total of 13.5 quarter units of graduate credit may be granted for equivalent graduate work completed at another institution, as it applies to this degree and if the units were not used in earning another advanced degree. Students are not awarded the masters degree until they have completed all graduate and credential coursework, including internship and research (PED 637). Course equivalence cannot be granted for life experience. Students must complete all coursework with a GPA of 3.0 or better within seven years. Any courses taken more than seven years ago must be repeated.
Core Requirements (20 courses; 90 quarter units)
Candidates are required to complete ALL 450 hours of practicum prior to starting their internship. Candidates must complete the practicum experience under the supervision of a credentialed and experienced (three years) school psychologist.
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