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School Psychology

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Program Coordinators

Dr. Stephen Brock

Dr. Melissa Holland (Fieldwork and Internship Experiences)

Branch Chair: Dr. Carlos Nevarez

Training Model

The School Psychology training model is based on a problem solving approach to school psychology practice because we believe it is the most effective approach for the delivery of school-based services to children, families, and staff. The course of study evolves from this philosophy and is designed to convey the knowledge, skills, and abilities that are necessary for our students to be effective practitioners.

To be effective problem solvers, school psychologists need a broad base of knowledge. It is this knowledge base that will serve as the foundation for the specialized knowledge, skills, and abilities that practicing psychologists develop in response to the unique needs of the settings within which they practice and populations that they serve. This approach requires an understanding of human growth and development, socio-cultural and biological influences on human development and behavior, theories of learning, assessment, and individual and group counseling. Developing skills in consultation, program development and evaluation, research methodologies, inter-disciplinary collaboration and utilization of community resources are all critical components in our training model. A core underpinning of our training model is the recognition that effective interpersonal skills form a basis for effective practice. In addition, our program is designed with the unique needs of our region in mind. California has an culturally and linguistically diverse population: our schools are rich in different languages and cultures. Therefore, it is imperative that graduates develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for working with diverse groups. Consideration of cultural diversity is infused into the design of all coursework.

Fieldwork experiences are a core component of our training model. We believe that it is important for school psychologists to become self-directed life-long learners as well as develop specific professional skills. To that end, we include self-directed learning activities in training and provide students with first-hand experience in applying knowledge to practice. Therefore, students have the opportunity to work in field settings that complement their coursework throughout the program.

Our training model is also designed to develop reflective practitioners. The ability to reflect on one's practice is critical to ongoing professional development. Therefore, we design learning experiences that will stimulate reflection about learning and field experiences. By doing so, we hope that our graduates will come to better understand themselves, their strategies for applying knowledge to practice, and their evolving professional identities.


The College of Education is proud to offer a National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) approved and California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) accredited training program.

Career Options

Education Specialist (Ed.S.)

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

Pupil Personnel Services Credential

School Psychology Endorsement is administered by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). California State University Sacramento is accredited by the CCTC to award this credential to students meeting program requirements. The PPS: School Psychology is required in order to practice as a school psychologist in the state of California. Possession of the MA in Education (School Psychology) and the PPS: School Psychology Endorsement also 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. With additional coursework, graduates with the MA in School Psychology are also eligible to become Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors in the State Of California.

Career Options

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


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