Education Specialist

School Psychology

The Specialist in Education, School Psychology (Ed.S.) is an advanced degree that requires students to have completed both the M.A. and PPS: School Psychology. Completion of the Ed.S. requires coursework focused on identifying and addressing school-related issues that arise during school psychology practice. The School Psychology program at CSUS is approved as a Specialist level program by the National Association of School Psychologists.

Career Options

  • Practitioner in School Psychology
  • Administration and Policy Development
  • School Psychology Faculty

Program Requirements

Units required for Master: 70-75

Program Resources

Learn how to apply.
Catalog with detailed program requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Our expected learning outcomes for school psychology students follow from the training model, philosophy, and knowledge base that serve as the foundation for our program. We expect that as practicing school psychologists you will:

  • continually develop professional skills through reflective practice, critical thinking, and mindfulness of current research;
  • understand the structure of schools and other agencies that serve students with special needs;
  • are cognizant of effective instructional practices and use this knowledge in fostering cognitive/academic development for all students;
  • conceptualize student needs from a developmental and ecological perspective;
  • be cognizant of prevention and intervention strategies that foster positive mental, physical, and academic well being for both students and staff;
  • utilize a wide range of methods in assessing student needs, designing appropriate interventions, and evaluating the effectiveness of those interventions;
  • engage in ongoing evaluation of programs and services with an awareness of organizational change strategies;
  • utilize counseling and consultation approaches that reframe problems with the goal of developing strategies for solution;
  • implement problem-solving approaches that lead to problem solution within the school framework or to an appropriate outside referral;
  • develop an understanding of specialized needs of diverse student populations, including issues of culture, unique learning needs, alternative lifestyles etc.;
  • collaborate with schools and families in implementing interventions that promote positive outcomes for all students;
  • conduct themselves in a manner consistent with ethical and legal standards of the profession.

If your last name starts with A through E, contact Dr. Stephen Brock for advising
Phone: (916) 278-5919 | Office: Brighton Hall 225 | Email:
If your last name starts with F through L, contact Dr. Melissa Holland for advising
Phone: (916) 278-3927 | Office: Brighton Hall 227 | Email:
If your last name starts with M through S, contact Dr. Meagan O’Malley for advising
Phone: (916) 278-3459 | Office: Brighton Hall 225 | Email:
If your last name starts with T through z, contact Dr. Arlene Ortiz for advising
Phone: (916) 278-5539 | Office: Brighton Hall 227 | Email: