School Psychology PPS Credential and Master of Arts Degree

The Master of Arts in School Psychology with a California pupil personnel services (PPS) credential prepares you to become an effective school psychologist. Curriculum includes both academic training and applied field experience with children and adolescents. You will explore the theory and application of student psychology in a Christian setting, with a focus on assessing and counseling students of all backgrounds.

Unique Features

  • Evening classes
  • Small class size
  • Flexible schedule for both returning part-time professionals and traditional full-time students
  • Three year program
  • Includes both academic classroom training and applied field experience
  • Christian setting and value-centered curriculum
  • 3 BCBA courses built into schedule

Our Graduates

Graduates are prepared to work as school psychologists in a variety of settings including public and private schools, and child development organizations. Some graduates go on to work in higher education settings.

Admissions Requirements

  • Application form and fee
  • Orientation interview with program (see attached form below)
  • Statement of Intent (1-2 pages explaining your goals)
  • Three references (see form below)
  • Valid California credential or Certificate of Clearance (see fingerprint packet below)
  • Verification of passing the CBEST (credential requirement)
  • Verification of current negative TB test (last 12 months)
  • GRE or MAT results
  • Official transcript verifying 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)

Candidates are encouraged to bring unofficial transcripts from all universities/colleges attended to the orientation interview.

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

Further Info

Total Units: 71

To be eligible to apply for the professional clear school psychology credential the following additional 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 an internship.)
  • Passing score on the NASP PRAXIS exam (The program passing score will be a minimum of 100 points below the NASP passing score.)

Liability insurance is required before supervised experience can begin. Information on obtaining liability insurance may be found at

Program information and tuition subject to change.