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School Psychology

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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.

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

Fall application packet

  • Please consult this page for our updated application packet.

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 is accredited by

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

Funding for School Psychology students

The CSULB is one of the most affordable school psychology programs in the state. Further, students are provided financial aid packages based on their individual needs. In addition, program faulty have secured Federal funding for up to 5 students admitted 2015 for $5,900 each year for three years, which will cover the cost of tuition and books. In addition, CSULB has a highly selective pilot program that provides free-tuition to “highly competitive applicants, who might otherwise accept an admission offer from another institution.”  This program will fund approximately 3 students in the college based on faculty nominations. Currently, three School Psychology students are being funded by this selective program. Finally, program faculty have applied for two Federal professional preparation grant programs that, if funded, will provide up to $13,000 per year to 12 school psychology students.  All of the federally funded programs require school psychology students to complete additional training beyond the core school psychology program. So whether on a training grant, selected for the free-tuition pilot program, or just attending the school psychology program with student grants and loans, our students graduate from the school psychology program with highly valued skills and free from a mountain of debt.

Our students are competitive for multiple financial awards during their studies. Following are some of the scholarships, assistantships, fellowships, and grants our students have qualified for.

  • Graduate Student Scholarship (full tuition)
  • Graduate Research Fellowship ($9,000)
  • State University Grant ($6,700)
  • Federal OSEP Training Grant ($6,400)
  • Summer Student Research Assistantship ($5,200)
  • Hispanic Opportunities for Graduate Access and Retention (HOGAR) Grant ($5,000)
  • College of Education Scholarship ($2,500)
  • Mary Lee Latta Chambers Scholarship ($2,200)
  • Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate Studies Travel Grant ($600)
  • College of Education Student Conference Travel Grant ($500)
  • Associated Students Inc. Travel Grant ($500)

CSULB Expanding Graduate Opportunities for Hispanic & Underprivileged Students

CSULB is implementing a $2.8 million grant called Hispanic Opportunities for Graduate Access and Retention (HOGAR), which will be used to further post-baccalaureate opportunities for Hispanic and underprivileged students. It will develop the graduate program at CSULB, support student outreach and provide monetary support for recruitment and travel for graduate students. It will also provide funding and mentoring for faculty desiring to engage in grant writing and other scholarly work that includes graduate students. More information here: http://www.csulb.edu/misc/inside/?p=49574

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.)

*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 Starbucks on Bellflower Blvd, just south of Spring St. (2890 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach) from 4-5 p.m.

Save the date -informational meetings are scheduled for: Sept 11th, Oct 9th, Nov 13th, Dec 11th, Jan 29th, Feb 4th, May 4th

  • For additional information e-mail questions to BJ Corbitt, graduate assistant to the school psychology program, at courtneypetty@sbcglobal.net 
last updated — Sep 1, 2015