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School Psychology


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. To view coursework requirements click here. Classes are held in the late afternoon (4:00 PM) and evenings to accommodate students who work during the day.

For admission requirements, click here.

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. Find out some of the reasons here: http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/school-psychologist

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Key Dates

  • We have completed interviews for Fall 2014 applicants, and are in the process of admitting new students. Please check back periodically for Fall 2015 admission deadlines.

CSULB Offers

  • Educational Specialist degree (EdS). For more information on EdS degree click here.
  • Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential in School Psychology.

CSULB is accredited by

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

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.

*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 of the program. These meetings are held at Starbucks on Bellflower Blvd, just South of Spring St. (2890 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach).  Our last meeting for the 2013-2014 school year is May 16th, 2014 from 4:00-5:00 PM.

  • For additional information e-mail questions to BJ Corbitt, graduate assistant to the school psychology program, at benjamin_corbitt@hotmail.com.

Current Students: Join us in Vietnam and Cambodia this summer

        The School Psychology faculty is planning a trip to Southeast Asia this August. This trip will coincide with the International School Psychology Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam. In addition to attending the conference, attendees will tour historical sites in Hanoi, travel by boat along Halong Bay, and explore numerous other culturally significant areas of Vietnam and Cambodia. This two-week trip will include one week of volunteering, and one week of sight-seeing. We need 14 students to join us on this trip. The estimated cost is $5,053 per person. (We are considering various ways to assist students with finances.) Please consider joining us on this trip to gain a broader perspective on both our profession and our planet. See the PDF below for more information.