School Psychology

PPS Credential and Master of Arts
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The Master of Arts in School Psychology with a California pupil personnel services (PPS) credential prepares you to work as a credentialed school psychologist in a public school setting and requires a minimum of 73 units of coursework in the advanced component listed below. A sequence of courses is determined by the program director. In addition to the 73 units, there are four prerequisites.


  • Small class sizes
  • Experienced and highly rated university faculty
  • Blended schedule with courses in class and online
  • Includes both academic classroom training and applied field experience
  • Our grads are sought by top districts
  • Christian setting and value-centered curriculum
  • 3 BCBA courses built into schedule

Career opportunities

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

Program director

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Eileen M. Whelan, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Associate Professor, Education, Program Director, School Psychology


Kelly Bentz, Ph.D.
Kelly J. Bentz, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Program Director Special Education Merced Campus

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Jonathan Gage, Ed.D.

Pupil Personnel Services Program Director, Bakersfield, Clinical Assistant, School of Education

Admission requirements

  • Application form and fee
  • Interview with program director
  • Impromptu writing sample
  • Statement of intent
  • Three reference forms
  • Successful completion of CBEST (credential requirement)
  • GRE or MAT results
  • Official transcripts verifying BA/BS degree*
  • Valid California credential or Certificate of Clearance
  • Verification of negative TB test (within last 12 months)
  • Letter of explanation if GPA is under 3.00

* Candidates must bring unofficial transcripts from all universities/colleges attended to interview with program director.


  • Introduction to Statistics
  • General Psychology
  • Child Growth and Development
  • Introduction to Counseling Theories

Course listing

Required Courses

PPP 716Psychological Assessment and Prescription for Linguistically Diverse Students3
PPP 718Behavioral Assessment/Intervention3
PPP 720Seminar in School Psychology3
PPP 722Assessment I3
PPP 724Assessment II3
PPP 734Early Intervention and Behavioral Assessment3
PPP 771Behavioral Research Methods in Education3
PPP 793Supervised Practicum Experience Credits1 – 4
PPS 704Counseling Applications in School Settings3
PPS 705Family-School Collaboration and Consultation3
PPS 708Counseling for Diversity3
PPS 710Assessment and Measurement3
PPS 712Laws and Ethics3
PPS 713Safe School Environments3
PPS 714Practicum in Group Process3
PPS 715Leadership and Change3
PPS 717Seminar in Behavior Pathology in Schools3
PPP 794Internship2 – 8
PPP 791Practicum in School Psychology1
PPP 739Advanced Behavior Assessment: Application to Autism Spectrum Disorder3

Master of Arts Core (Third Year)

ED 779Values in School and Society3
PPS 777ATopical Review of Education Research3
PPS 777BField Based Research3