School Psychology

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

Master of Science in School Psychology

Dr. Diane Harris, Graduate Coordinator


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. 


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 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 courses in statistics and research, clinical, developmental, abnormal psychology, learning, personality, and cross-cultural psychology. It is required that applicants submit Graduate Record Examination scores, general test portion only. GRE scores can be up to five years old (maximum).

To find out more about the prerequisites, please check out our School Psychology Brochure!


The School Psychology 2017 Cohort at the MS Hooding Ceremony

School Psychology 2018 Cohort Friendsgiving! 


Master of Science in School Psychology Curriculum
Course Title Units
PSY 721, 722 Clinical Methods 6
PSY 770 Research Methods and Techniques 3
PSY 728 Seminar to Accompany Psychology Practicum 6
PSY 729 Psychology Practicum 6
PSY 753, 754 Seminar in Theraputic and Developmental Change 6
PSY 829 School Psychology Practicum 6
PSY 855 Seminar in Professional School Psychology 3
COUN 719 Behavior Management 3
COUN 827 The Consultation Process 3
SPED 772 Assessment, Curriculum, and Instruction of Mild/Moderate Disabilities 3
SPED 788 Law, Ethics, and Instrctional Planning 3
SPED 801 Diversity in Special Education: Family Systems, Resources and Culture 3
SPED 803 Communication, Diversity and Exceptionality 3
PSY 896 Directed Reeading and Comprehension 3
PSY 898 Master's Thesis and Oral Defense
  Minimum Total Units    57


School Psychology PPS Application (PDF)