Educational Psychology & Counseling

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M.S. in School Psychology

Program Advisors

The School Psychology specialization is designed for the individual who wishes to become a school psychologist. Applicants without an earned master's degree in counseling (or a closely related field) should apply for the master's degree program in School Psychology. This is a three-year, year-round, full-time program that requires 1,650 hours (450 hours of fieldwork and 1,200 hours of internship).

School psychologists are typically hired to work in public school settings, though they may also work in private schools and (with additional experience and licensure as a Licensed Educational Psychologist) in individual practice settings.

Prerequisites for the M.S. Program in School Psychology (9 - 12 Units*)
EPC 600 Educational Statistics for Research and Measurement
EPC 430 Development and Learning in Early Childhood Education OR
EPC 612 Advanced Study in Child and Adolescent Development OR
PSY 313 & 313L Developmental Psychology (4 units)
EPC 451 Fundamentals of Counseling and Guidance
In addition, for those who do NOT possess a teaching credential, add:
EPC 314 Educational Foundations, K-12 OR
EPC 314BL Educational Foundations, K-12, Bilingual
*Each class shown is 3 units except as specified.

Admission Requirements for All Masters Programs

The admission requirements for classified standing in all degrees are:

  1. Completion of application and meeting admissions requirements of the University. (Application available at the Admissions Office.) Requirements include:
    1. Acceptable score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is REQUIRED FOR ALL APPLICANTS, REGARDLESS OF UNDERGRADUATE GPA. Other tests such as the MAT ARE NOT ACCEPTED.
    2. Successfully pass the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam.
    3. A Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. Completion of application for admission to the Department graduate programs. See program advisors for specific details. This includes:
    1. Two letters of recommendation.
    2. An admission interview.
    3. Approval by the Department Student Affairs Committee.
    4. Resume.
    5. Personal Statement
  3. Satisfactory completion of prerequisite courses pertinent to the specialization selected,with a grade of B-or better.

As of 2007, the experimental joint program in Marriage and Family Therapy and School Psychology has been suspended for the foreseeable future. Applicants interested in earning both the MFT and Pupil Personnel Credential in School Psychology should apply to the MFT program, and upon completing that program, to the Advanced program in School Psychology.

Core Program for the M.S. in Counseling
EPC 601 Individual and Group Assessment
EPC 602 Research Principles
EPC 643 Counseling in Cross-Cultural Settings
EPC 655 Seminar in Counseling Theory and Practice
EPC 659A Counseling Practicum: Communication
EPC 659B Counseling Practicum: Skills

*Each class shown is 3 units. A total of 60 units are required for the M.S. degree. Specific additional classes are required for the specialization in school psychology.

All programs must be approved by the program coordinator. All programs must be approved by the program coordinator. This listing is provided for information purposes only, is subject to change without notice, and is not guaranteed to be correct. The student should consult the university catalog and the program coordinator for further details and course descriptions.

Additional Requirements for the M.S. in Counseling with a Specialization in School Psychology.**
SPED 610 Program Planning for Exceptional Children & Youth (3)
EPC 611 Seminar in Educational Psychology (3)
EPC 647 Assessment and Intervention with Child and Family in Various Settings (3)
EPC 659E, F Fieldwork in School Psychology (1-6)
EPC 659G, H Internship in School Psychology (1-6)
EPC 663A, AL, B, BL Clinical & Psychometrics Assessment Techniques and Labs (3,1,3,1)
EPC/PSY 661 Multi-Systemic Behavior (3)
EPC 664 Case Study of the Atypical Child (3)
EPC 665 School-Based Counseling of Children and Teenagers (3)
EPC/PSY 667 Introduction to School Psychology (3)
(*)EPC 671 Laws & Ethics (3)
EPC 680 Seminar in School Psychology (3)
EPC 684 Program Evaluation (3)
EPC 697 Directed Comprehensive Studies (3) OR
EPC 698 Thesis/Graduate Project (3-6)

*For Joint SP/MFT Students only

**Note: All programs must be approved by the program coordinator. This listing is provided for information purposes only, is subject to change without notice, and is not guaranteed to be correct. The student should consult the university catalog and the program coordinator for further details and course descriptions.

Suggested Course Sequence by Semester*
Year 1
Fall, 12 unitsEPC 655, 659A, 664, 667
Spring, 12 unitsEPC 643, 659B, 661, SPED 610
Year 2
Summer, 6 unitsEPC 601, 647
Fall, 13 unitsEPC 663A, 663AL,659E, 665, 602
Spring, 13 unitsEPC 663B, 663BL, 659F, 680, 684
Year 3
Summer, 3 unitsEPC 611
Fall, 6 unitsEPC 659G, 697 OR 698C
Spring, 3 unitsEPC 659HC, 697** OR 698C**

*All programs must be approved by the program coordinator. This listing is provided for information purposes only. The student should consult the university catalog for further details and course descriptions.

**Not computed in program total