Ed.S. in School Psychology

Total units required for Ed.S.: 94-98

Program Description

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.

Admission Requirements

Admission as a classified graduate student in the Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) - School Psychology, requires:

  • a baccalaureate degree;
  • a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average (if GPA is below 3.0, student may be accepted conditionally);
  • successfully meeting the University Graduate Writing Assessment Requirements (GWAR);
  • evidence of registration for or CBEST passing score; and the following courses or equivalents (contact a school psychology advisor for more information on equivalent experiences):
Select an Introductory Statistics course3
EDUC 155Introduction to Counseling3
EDUC 156Power, Privilege and Self Identity in Counseling3
Educating Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Settings
Educating Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Settings Lab 1
Tutoring Children in Reading
Tutoring Children in Reading Practicum

 EDUC 100A and EDUC 100B must be taken concurrently

One year of experience as a teacher or two years of experience as a teacher's aide. Experience with pupils in a variety of setting may be used as an equivalency (contact a school psychology advisor for more information on equivalent experiences)

PSYC 117Drugs and Behavior3
PSYC 168Abnormal Psychology3

In addition, candidates concurrently pursuing the Pupil Personnel Services Credential, School Psychology Endorsement, must pass the CBEST.

Applicants who have deficiencies in admission requirements that can be removed by specified additional preparation may be admitted with conditionally classified graduate status. Any deficiencies will be noted on a written response to the student's admission application.

Admission Procedures

All students must file the following with the Sacramento State Office of Graduate Studies, River Front Center 215, (916) 278-6470:

  • an online application for admission; and
  • one set of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, other than Sacramento State.

For more admissions information and application deadlines, please visit the Office of Graduate Studies website.

At the same time, each applicant must complete a separate application for admission to the School Psychology Program:

  • the program's application is available online;
  • three letters of reference (forms attached to application);
  • one set of transcripts;
  • evidence of experience in public schools; and
  • evidence of strong communication skills.

Department applications are due by March 1 for admission the following Fall Semester. Applications are only accepted and processed once per year, during spring semester for admission the following fall.

Minimum Units and Grade Requirement for the Degree

Units required for the Ed.S.:  94-98
Minimum Cumulative GPA:  3.0. No single course in which a student receives a grade below "B-" will be counted as credit toward the degree unless the student has petitioned for acceptance of the course, and the petition has been accepted and approved by the School Psychology faculty. 

Advancement to Candidacy

Students must advancement to candidacy prior to enrolling in EDS 540 or EDS 542. Advancement to Candidacy forms are available in the Department office and the Office of Graduate Studies website. The student fills out the form after planning a degree program in consultation with a faculty advisor and approved by the Graduate Coordinator. The completed form is then returned to the Office of Graduate Studies for approval. Please note deadline dates posted by the Office of Graduate Studies for submission of this form.

Program Requirements

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
EDC 210 Multicultural/Ethnic Counseling 3
EDS 231 Group Process in School Psychology 3
EDS 245 Psychology In The Schools 3
EDS 248 Human Development and Learning 3
Second Semester
EDS 241 Counseling and Psychotherapy for School Psychologists 3
EDS 242A Cognitive Assessment 3
EDS 242B Cognitive Assessment Lab 4
EDSP 250 Education Research 3
EDS 440 Practicum in Individual Counseling/School Psychology 3
Third Semester
EDS 240 Functional Assessment of Behavior 3
EDS 243A Assessment Practicum A 3
EDS 244 Social, Emotional and Behavioral Assessment 3
EDS 246A Preventive Academic Interventions 3
EDS 439A Early Fieldwork in School Psychology 2
Fourth Semester
EDS 243A Assessment Practicum A 3
EDS 246B Preventive Mental Health Interventions 3
EDS 247 Assessment of Special Needs 3
EDS 249 Special Seminar: School Psychology 3
EDS 439A Early Fieldwork in School Psychology 2
Fifth Semester
EDS 239 Education Specialist Seminar 3
EDS 441A Internship in School Psychology 15
Sixth Semester
EDS 441A Internship in School Psychology 15
EDS 542 Education Specialist Project: School Psychology 4 - 6
EDS 540 Education Specialist Thesis: School Psychology 4 - 6
 Total Units97-101