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School Psychology

Education Specialist Degree in School Psychology


Pupil Personnel Services School Psychology Credential

60 units


Prospective students should seek advising from the Graduate Studies Office.

Current and admitted students seek advising from their assigned faculty advisor.

Applying to the Program

Fall 2018 Deadline: February 15, 2018

Application Process

Application Packet

Applicants: Please note that interviews for admission will be scheduled on Friday, March 16, 2018. Applicants are expected to save-the-date for a potential interview. 

Notifications of offers of acceptance will be sent by early April.

Decisions to accept admissions due April 15, 2018 in accordance with NASP and APA guidelines.

Information Sessions

Prospective students are encouraged to attend a Graduate Programs general information session or one of our School Psychology specific sessions. 

School Psychology Info Sessions



Tue. Oct 17, 2017


Fri. Nov 17, 2017


Fri. Dec 1, 2017


Mon. Dec 18, 2017


Tue. Jan 23, 2018


Wed. Feb 7, 2018


Mon. Mar 12, 2018


Fri. Apr 20, 2018


Wed. May 9, 2018


  Location: Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf                                          1996 Ximeno Ave                                                     Long Beach, CA 90814

To receive email reminders and updates, please contact the Graduate Studies Office at ced-gradstudies@csulb.edu to be added to our prospective student list. 

Graduate Programs General Info Sessions

Program Overview

Students completing this program are employed in prek-12 education to provide direct and indirect psychological and academic support to students. On average, students complete the EdS Program in 3-4 years. The program cannot be completed in less than 3 years. This includes two to three years of full time (9-12 credits per semester) study, 450 hours of practicum, and a full-time, 1200 hour, internship. Classes are held in the late afternoon (4:00 PM) and evenings to accommodate students who work during the day.

Our faculty adhere to NASP's nondiscrimination and equal opportunity policy. Click here to read more.

America's top social services career

U.S. News & World Report has ranked the best social service jobs in the United States, and School Psychology is #1. Overall, the magazine ranked School Psychology as the 31st best job across all sectors. An upbeat employment outlook contributes to the ranking:

"The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 16,400 new school psychologist jobs will be added between 2012 and 2022, for an employment growth rate of 11.3 percent. Part of that expansion comes from the increasing demands from students with learning disabilities, special needs and behavioral issues." (Quoted from http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/school-psychologist

Features of our program

  • Educational Specialist degree (EdS). For more information on EdS degree click here.
  • Meets qualifications for recommending Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential in School Psychology.
  • CSULB School Psychology program ranked #8 in the Nation for scholarly productivity

CSULB is accredited by

  • National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
  • Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC)
  • National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

School Psychology Program to award 14 scholarships to incoming 2017 cohort

Students accepted to the school psychology program can apply for one of two scholarships:

The Culturally Responsive, Evidence-based Transition training scholarship will fund 5 students over the course of three years for a total of $39,000 in funding per student. Participants will become highly qualified to provide culturally-competent, evidence-based transition services through participation in 3 years of intense research-based coursework, conference participation, and clinic and school-based fieldwork.

The Multi-Tiered System of Services (MTSS) to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Schools training scholarship will fund 9 students at $10,000 per year for all three years of the program. Participants will complete 380 hours of additional clinical and school-based practica, attend monthly seminars and targeted projects, engage in peer and faculty mentoring, participate in learning communities, and receive increased supervision during and after completion of the program. Upon graduation, participants will be able to successfully provide direct and in-direct interventions at all levels of intensity (e.g., universal, targeted and intensive) and facilitate the systems change required of schools that do not yet engage in multi-tiered system of services (MTSS).


Why choose CSULB?

  • Our program offers the incredible opportunity to serve on an OSEP Grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Selected students receive funding toward tuition, textbooks, and travel to NASP conventions in exchange for committing to extra field work training. For more information on the Grant, click here.

  • CSULB has an on-site Clinic where our students have the opportunity to administer psychoeducational evaluations,and  provide intense academic interventions and individual counseling to children and youth from the community under direct supervision of faculty.

  • Students are encouraged to engage in faculty research. Students have opportunities to present research at state and national conferences with faculty, and contribute to manuscripts published in peer reviewed journals.

  • Alumni of our program are eligible to participate in the UCSB 2020 doctoral scholars initiative that recognizes prior coursework in earning a PhD in School Psychology.  For more information, go to UCSB.

  • Alumni who are mentored by program faculty while pursuing a doctoral degree at another university may be eligible for the CSU Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive/Loan Forgiveness program.  For more information, click here.

  • Our students can get involved in the CSULB School Psychology Student Association (SPSA). This is a student run organization that is very active in promoting research, mentorship, networking, and leadership among the program students and alumni. The School Psychology Student Association earned an award in 2013 through CSULB Student Life and Development in recognition of excellent programming throughout the year! To see more, click here.

  • Our school psychology students are diverse. Almost half (48%) are from historically underrepresented minority groups, and 52% are bilingual.

  • Our school psychology graduates are highly qualified. (All 2014 graduates passed the Praxis test and are eligible to become Nationally Certified School Psychologists.)

  • Graduate programs at CSULB are affordable. (CSULB was identified as second-lowest in student debt for our region by US News & World Report.)

  • A recent article by Laurent & Runia (2016) examined the scholarly productivity of school psychology faculty members of the 138 non-doctoral programs in the US during a 10-year period. Author credit was computed for faculty members within each program based on journal articles published from 2002 – 2011. CSULB’s school psychology program was ranked the 8th most productive programs in the Nation. Dr. Kristin Powers was identified as the 13th most productive faculty member for this time period compared to over 300 faculty members of specialist-level school psychology programs.

*For more reasons to attend CSULB, click here.

Additional resources

  • Prospective applicants are invited to attend one of our informational meetings to speak with students currently enrolled in the program. These meetings are held at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (1996 Ximeno Avenue, Long Beach) from 4-5 p.m. 

  • For more information about the field of School Psychology, please go to http://www.nasponline.org/index.aspx


Grid of 9 photos: #1 Veronica Vazquez, Powers, Sarah Verdugo;
#2 Ron Marin, Hagans, Dave Saveau;
#3 Caroline Mann, Gabriella Tutson, Christina Tran, Jessica Oueilhe;
#4 Dave S., Hagans, Powers, Jessica O., Arturo Garcia;
#5 Christina T., Gabriella T., Jessica O., Jhennick Viana;
#6 Laura Villegas, Shantal Ben-Aderet;
#7 Hagans, Veronica V.;
#8 Dave S., Arturo G., Pamela B., Caroline M., Jhennick V., Ron M., Powers, Hagans, Sarah V., Jessica O., and Veronica V. in the back row. Front row is Collette W., Gabriella T., Christina T., Darin M., and Hyemi L.
#9 Katherine Guerrerro, Jhennick V., Jessica O., and Veronica V.
#1 Veronica Vazquez, Powers, Sarah Verdugo #2 Ron Marin, Hagans, Dave Saveau #3 Caroline Mann, Gabriella Tutson, Christina Tran, Jessica Oueilhe
#4 Dave S., Hagans, Powers, Jessica O., Arturo Garcia #5 Christina T., Gabriella T., Jessica O., Jhennick Viana #6 Laura Villegas, Shantal Ben-Aderet
#7 Hagans, Veronica V. #8 Dave S., Arturo G., Pamela B., Caroline M., Jhennick V., Ron M., Powers, Hagans, Sarah V., Jessica O., and Veronica V. in the back row. Front row is Collette W., Gabriella T., Christina T., Darin M., and Hyemi L. #9 Katherine Guerrerro, Jhennick V., Jessica O., and Veronica V.
last updated — Feb 14, 2018