Master of Science in School Psychology

This degree program leads to the Pupil Personnel Services Credential with authorization in School Psychology. Designed primarily for full-time SF State students, an M.S. is earned after successful completion of the fourth semester and the Pupil Personnel Services Credential with an authorization in School Psychology is awarded after successful completion of the sixth semester in the program.

Prerequisites

Acceptance into the M.S. program is based upon evidence of psychological experience with children and families in institutions such as schools and service-oriented settings. Academic preparation is demonstrated by the capacity to make use of graduate-level academic work and professional training. These qualifications may be assessed by a record of previous academic accomplishments in psychology or other related fields that emphasize an understanding of children and their families and include clinical work experience. Students entering the program should have completed upper-divsion courses in statistics and research, clinical, developmental, abnormal psychology, learning, personality, and cross-cultural psychology.

Contact

Dr. Diane Harris, Graduate Coordinator

E-mail: dharris@sfsu.edu

Master of Science in School Psychology Curriculum

Master of Science in School Psychology Curriculum

Course

Title

Units

PSY 857

Behavior Management

3

PSY 721

Clinical Methods: Assessment of Intelligence

3

PSY 728

Conference to Accompany Psychology Practicum (Fall)

3

PSY 728

Conference to Accompany Psychology Practicum (Spring)

3

PSY 729

Psychology Practicum (Fall)

3

PSY 729

Psychology Practicum (Spring)

3

PSY 753

Seminar in Therapeutic and Developmental Change I

3

PSY 754

Seminar in Therapeutic and Developmental Change II

3

PSY 722

Clinical Methods: Personality Appraisal and Projective Techniques

3

PSY 770

Research Methods and Techniques

3

PSY 829

Advanced Psychology Practicum (Fall)

3

PSY 829

Advanced Psychology Practicum (Spring)

3

PSY 855

Seminar in Professional School Psychology

3

PSY 891

Seminar in Selected Problems (The Consultation Process)

3

PSY 896
& 896EXM

Directed Reading (6 units total)
and Culminating Experience Examination (3 units)

9

or

 

PSY 898

Master's Thesis and Oral Defense

3

SPED 763

Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities

3

SPED 772

 Assessment, Curriculum, and Instruction for Students with Mild/Moderate Support Needs

3

SPED 788

Law, Ethics, and Instructional Planning

3

SPED 801

Development, Diversity, and English Language Learners: Special Education

3

Laura Jarvis (Class of 2018) defending her Master's Culminating Experience

Laura Jarvis (Class of 2018) defending her Master's Culminating Experience

The School Psychology 2017 Cohort at the MS Hooding Ceremony

The School Psychology 2017 Cohort at the MS Hooding Ceremony

School Psychology 2018 Cohort Friendsgiving!

School Psychology 2018 Cohort Friendsgiving! 

Frequently Asked Questions

We usually admit 8 - 10 students.

Students entering the program are required to complete upper-division courses in introductory statistics and research, clinical psychology, developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, learning psychology, personality psychology and cross-cultural psychology. Comparable courses may be considered to fulfill some of these requirements but courses from community colleges are not acceptable, as they are lower-division.

Your previous work as a teacher and in the recreation and tutoring programs would be considered in the application process. However, we are looking specifically for experiences in human service agencies/organizations and schools where you work clinically with children, adolescents, adults and/or families. Experience in a clinical setting includes any position, paid or unpaid, that is related to the skills needed to be a psychologist. Examples of this sort of experience include a research assistant, work in a group or residential treatment facility, work in a hospital or community mental health organization, or work as a teacher with children who are behaviorally or emotionally disturbed. When you write about these experiences in your personal statement, you should emphasize what you learned about yourself (your insight) from these experiences and what you have learned about the students and their families (e.g., child development, family dynamics, school systems). Some applicants make the mistake of listing their experiences without making clear to the reader what they learned from them and how it has prepared them to succeed in graduate school.

Typically, applicants must take the general portion of the GRE (not the subject portion). However, for the Fall 2021 application cycle, the GRE requirement has been waived.

No, there are no minimum cutoffs for the GRE test scores. GRE test scores are evaluated in the context of the full application package. These scores are seen as indicators of the applicant's potential for successful graduate work. However, we also consider course history, letters of recommendation, the applicant's essay, psychological experience, and the likelihood of a good fit between the applicant's interests and the program.

After the applications are thoroughly reviewed some applicants are invited to visit our campus for a face-to-face interview with a team of current school psychology graduate students and the program Director. After the interviews, 8 - 10 students are selected for admission. The selection process can take up to one and a half months. Applicants are usually notified of their admission status by April.

You are required to apply to both the Psychology Department and the University.

For an online application to Psychology Department, please visit the Psychology Department website and click on "Graduate Application": Psychology Graduate Application

Or, you can write or call the Graduate Secretary, Department of Psychology, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132. Phone: (415) 338-2711

In addition to applying to the Psychology department, you must apply to the University.

If you are a domestic applicant go to this site: Cal State Apply for domestic applicant

If you are an international applicant go to this site: Cal State Apply for international applicant

February 1

Information sessions are held every fall during the university's Graduate Open House Week. This is usually held at the end of October. Our graduate homepage will provide an announcement closer to the event date after details are finalized.

Questions about the Program

Three years. The first two years are devoted to obtaining the master's degree and the last year is dedicated to pursuing the PPS credential.

This Program is a full-time commitment. Courses are generally offered in the afternoon and evening, and sometimes in the morning. Students are not allowed to work full-time as the program is 3 years and tightly sequenced. Some students work part-time while in the program, however, work hours need to be arranged around program requirements.

There are three levels of fieldwork experience. The first year, the student engages in a clinical fieldwork experience for approximately 15 hours per week in schools under the close supervision of a clinician/School Psychologist. The second year, practicum, the student works approximately 20 to 24 hours per week engaged in School Psychology related activities such as assessment, consultation, and clinical intervention under close supervision by a credentialed School Psychologist. The third year internship is a 36 hour weekly paid placement in the public schools throughout the greater the bay area. Interns are engaged in School Psychology related activities such as assessment, consultation, and clinical intervention under supervision by a credentialed School Psychologist.

The Pupil Personnel Services Credential is the third-year internship program, which is meant to follow the two-year Graduate Program in School Psychology. You can find more information at this link: http://bss.sfsu.edu/psych/graduate/pps_credential.html 

A culminating experience which is typically a Master's paper (an in-depth literature review or case study on a topic relevant to School Psychology). Students also have the option of doing a Master's thesis, however, almost all complete the Master's paper.

Practicing School Psychologist

School Psychology Links

National Association of School Psychologists

Commission on Teacher Credentialing

Credential Services Teacher Preparation Center

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