Master of Arts and PPS Credentials in School Counseling and School Psychology

In the dual school counseling/school psychology program, candidates complete a PPS credential in school counseling and in school psychology as well as earn a master's degree in school counseling and school psychology. During the third year, students will complete their 1200 hour school psychology internship as well as master's degree courses.

Unique Features

  • Evening classes
  • Small class sizes
  • Flexible schedule for both returning part-time professionals and traditional full-time students
  • Obtain master’s and credential for school counseling and school psychology in three years

Our Graduates

The marketability and flexibility of obtaining both the school counseling and school psychology credentials will provide many options for both students and school districts. Graduates will be equipped with the necessary expertise in assessment and intervention as well as the knowledge and skills to develop and implement comprehensive guidance and counseling programs. The sequence of courses for the dual program has been carefully determined to provide maximum utility and background experience for fieldwork experiences as well as sequential coursework.

Admissions Requirements

  • Application form and fee
  • Orientation interview (meet with program director for education plan)
  • Statement of Intent (1-2 pages explaining your goals) 
  • Three references  (see form below)
  • Valid California credential or Certificate of Clearance (fingerprints)
  • Verification of passing the CBEST (credential requirement)
  • Verification of current negative TB test (last 12 months)
  • GRE or MAT results
  • Official transcript of BA/BS degree
  • Letter of explanation if your GPA is under 2.75
  • Prerequisite courses:
    • Child Development*
    • Educational Statistics and Research Design
    • Intercultural Communication
    • Introduction to Counseling Theories*
    • Introduction to Psychology
    • Psychology of Learning*

(*available as online courses each spring semester through the FPU degree completion program)

Your admissions counselor may require you review the following documents during your application.

Further Info

Total Units: 84

To be eligible to apply for the professional clear school psychology credential, the following additional program requirements must be met:

  • Master's degree in school psychology or a related area
  • 1,200 hour internship (Students must complete all courses except the master's research core to be eligible for internship.)
  • Passing score on the NASP PRAXIS exam (The program passing score will be a minimum of 100 points below the NASP passing score.)

Those in the BCBA program must complete supervised hours to qualify for the certification exam developed and administered by the BACB and must pass the certification exam.

Liability insurance is required before supervised experience can begin. Information on obtaining liability insurance may be found at www.schoolcounselor.org or www.nasponline.org.

Program information and tuition subject to change.