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Educational and School Psychology

http://www.pacific.edu/education
Phone: (209) 946-2559
Location: Gladys L. Benerd School of Education

Linda Webster, PhD, Chair

Degree Programs

Master of Arts in Educational Psychology
Educational Specialist in School Psychology (EdS)

  • and a Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Psychology

Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology (PhD)

  • with a specialization in School Psychology
  • and a Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Psychology 

Credentials Offered

Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Psychology

Admissions Requirements

  1. Students must hold the baccalaureate or equivalent.
  2. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in all college work.
  3. A completed application portfolio to the Office of Admission, which includes the filing of official test scores for the Graduate Record Examination (both the General test and the Advanced Subject test in Psychology are required); an essay emphasizing the desire to work as a school psychologist in the public schools; official transcripts from all college level coursework including official verification of the awarding of degrees; and three letters of recommendation that attest to the candidate’s ability to undertake graduate studies.
  4. An admissions interview with representative(s) of the Department of Educational and School Psychology.
  5. Review by the Department of Educational and School Psychology and the Dean of Research and Graduate Studies.
  6. Evidence of qualities and character in keeping with the philosophy and standards of this University and the profession of School Psychology.
  7. Applications are accepted only to admission for the Fall semester.

Master of Arts in Educational Psychology

Students must complete a minimum of 32 units with a Pacific cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in order to earn a master of arts degree in educational psychology. A typical program of study may include:

EDUC 204Pluralism in American Education3
EPSY 201Techniques of Research3
EPSY 214Intermediate Statistics3
EPSY 220Nature and Condition of Learning3
EPSY 306Psychotherapeutic Interventions in School3
EPSY 307Group Counseling3
EPSY 309Consultation Methods3
EPSY 330Seminar: Advanced Human Development I3
EPSY 331Seminar: Advanced Human Development II3
EPSY 332Seminar: Advanced Human Development III3
SPED 295EPositive Behavioral Support in the Classroom3

 

Educational Specialists in School Psychology

The Educational Specialist degree program in school psychology leads to a Pupil Personnel Services Credential in school psychology. The program requires two years of full-time coursework with fieldwork, and culminates in an additional third-year internship. Applications are accepted only for admission for the fall semester. The program is designed to prepare highly effective school psychologists who are knowledgeable regarding the developmental issues and needs of both regular and special education. The program also intends to prepare highly effective school psychologists who apply skills in data-based decision making and accountability for work with individuals, groups, and programs. Additional goals include preparing highly effective school psychologists who apply developmental knowledge from cognitive, learning, social and emotional domains across diverse socio-cultural and linguistic contexts and ensuring school psychologists can demonstrate the necessary positive interpersonal skills they need to facilitate communication and collaboration among students, school personnel, families, and other professionals. The EdS. program requirements include the following required courses:

Students must complete a minimum of 60 units with a Pacific cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in order to earn an Educational Specialist degree in school psychology.

The following courses are required for the EdS degree in addition to the courses required for the master’s degree:

EDUC 204Pluralism in American Education3
EPSY 294BSchool Psychology Fieldwork2
EPSY 300Seminar: Introduction to School Psychology1
EPSY 308History and Systems of Psychology3
EPSY 310Crisis Intervention3
EPSY 311Law and Professional Ethics1
EPSY 312Child Psychology/Wellness Promotion3
EPSY 315Individual Assessment3
EPSY 317Neuropsychology in the Schools3
EPSY 318Program Evaluation for School Psychologists3
EPSY 330Seminar: Advanced Human Development I3
EPSY 332Seminar: Advanced Human Development III3
EPSY 398School Psychology Internship1-4
SPED 224Assessment of Special Education Students3
SPED 228MAdvanced Programming for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities3
SPED 295EPositive Behavioral Support in the Classroom3

 

Portfolio Examination

Students are required to present a portfolio that addresses competencies in the domains of school psychology as delineated by the National Association of School Psychologists. This includes obtaining a passing score (165) on the Praxis II exam in school psychology.

In addition to meeting degree requirements and completion of the program outlined above, a student seeking a Pupil Personnel Services credential in School Psychology must also:

  • Complete the CBEST exam prior to internship
  • Complete the PRAXIS II exam in School Psychology prior to internship

Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology

The doctoral degree program represents a year to two year program of study beyond the EdS. Thus, it requires a four-to-five year course of study that includes a year-long internship. The PhD Program in School Psychology prepares professionals for systems interventions as school psychologists, and provides advanced training in consultation, applied development, and program evaluation.

Students must complete a minimum of 90 units with a Pacific cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in order to earn a Doctor of Philosophy in educational psychology.

The following courses are required for the PhD degree in addition to the courses required for the master’s and EdS degrees:

EDUC 204Pluralism in American Education3
EPSY 294BSchool Psychology Fieldwork2
EPSY 300Seminar: Introduction to School Psychology1
EPSY 308History and Systems of Psychology3
EPSY 310Crisis Intervention3
EPSY 311Law and Professional Ethics1
EPSY 312Child Psychology/Wellness Promotion3
EPSY 317Neuropsychology in the Schools3
EPSY 318Program Evaluation for School Psychologists3
EPSY 324Seminar: Advanced Consultation and Supervision3
EPSY 325Social Psychology in the Schools3
EPSY 331Seminar: Advanced Human Development II3
EPSY 332Seminar: Advanced Human Development III3
EPSY 394Applied Multiple Regression3
EPSY 395Quantitative Research Design and Method3
EPSY 396Structural Equation Modeling3
EPSY 397Graduate Research1-3
EPSY 398School Psychology Internship1-4
EPSY 399Doctoral Dissertation1-10
SPED 224Assessment of Special Education Students3
SPED 228M/228SAdvanced Programming for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities3
SPED 295EPositive Behavioral Support in the Classroom3

 

Portfolio Examination

Students are required to present a portfolio that addresses competencies in the domains of school psychology as delineated by the National Association of School Psychologists. This includes obtaining a score of 175 on the Praxis II exam in school psychology.

Qualifying Scholarly Activities

The student may either produce an empirical study of publishable quality that contributes to the scientific literature relevant to school psychology, or a scholarly review of the scientific literature relevant to an issue or problem relevant to the practice of school psychology. This review must also be of publishable quality.

Dissertation

An acceptable dissertation must be (1) a significant contribution to the advancement of knowledge or (2) a work of original and primary research in the domain of psychology. The dissertation must be submitted by the appropriate deadlines as stated in the current Graduate School calendar. The minimum number of dissertation units is 4.

In addition to meeting degree requirements and completion of the program outlined above, a student who seeks a Pupil Personnel Services credential in School Psychology must also:

  • Complete the CBEST exam prior to internship
  • Complete the PRAXIS II exam in School Psychology prior to internship
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