Master of Arts

School Psychology 

The Master of Arts in Education (School Psychology) offers trainees the opportunity to gain skills in working with students, teachers, and parents in the school setting. Graduates of this degree who also complete practicum and fieldwork requirements are eligible for the Pupil Personnel Services Credential, School Psychology Endorsement, offered by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). Possession of the MA in Education (School Psychology) and the Pupil Personnel Services Credential, School Psychology Endorsement prepares an individual to meet the academic requirements for the Licensed Educational Psychologist license administered by the Board of Behavioral Science Examiners, Department of Consumer Affairs.

The program includes training in counseling techniques, the use of individual academic and psychological assessment tools, the introduction of behavioral interventions in the school and the home, consultation skills, techniques of program development and evaluation, special education law, and instructional strategies.

Unique strengths of the program include supervised training in a clinic setting, early field experience in schools, a one-year field placement in the public schools, and instruction by faculty who hold school psychology credentials.

The program also offers a CCTC approved internship in school psychology. Interns are jointly selected by program faculty and employing districts. Students are not eligible for the CCTC internship option until they are ready to register for EDS 441, usually in the fifth semester of the program. A minimum 1200-hour internship, completed in not more than four semesters, is required and must be approved by their advisor.

Career Options

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

Program Requirements

Units required for Master: 71-83

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) 278-6639 | 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: