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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 62 units of coursework in the advanced component listed below. A sequence of courses is determined by the program director. In addition to the 62 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
  • 11 units of the BCBA program are embedded in coursework

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


Jonathan Gage, Ed.D.

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
  • CBEST score of 100 (credential requirement)
  • Official transcripts verifying BA/BS degree** (all other institutions attended)
  • 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

*One to two typed pages providing a statement of career goals and a description of how participation in the graduate program will contribute to your growth and development of these goals.

* *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

View our State Professional Licensing and Certificate Disclosure. 

PPP 748Practicum Level Fieldwork in School Psychology I1
PPP 749Practicum Level Fieldwork in School Psychology II1
PPP 750Professional Practice: School Psychology3
PPP 751Family School Collaboration and Support3
PPP 752Legal and Ethical Practices in School Psychology3
PPP 753Assessments in the Schools3
PPP 754School Wide Practices to Promote Learning3
PPP 755Behavioral and Mental Health3
PPP 756Interpretation3
PPP 757Identify and Monitor Effective Interventions3
PPP 758Intervention Based Instructional Support: Development of Academic Skills3
PPP 759Assessment of Children: Human Diversity3
PPP 760Practices to Promote Behavioral and Mental Health in Today’s Schools3
PPP 761Mental Health Services to Develop Social and Life Skills3
PPP 768School Psychology Internship I2
PPP 769School Psychology Internship II2
PPP 770Introduction Concepts and Principles ABA1
PPP 771Experimental Design and Behavioral Research3
PPP 776Behavior Assessment3
PPP 777Behavior Change Procedures2
PPP 778Behavior Change: Selecting Interventions I1
PPP 779Behavior Change: Selecting Interventions II1
PPS 772Issues in pk-12 Schools and Society3
PPP 780 and
PPP 781 and
PPP 782
PPP 783 and
PPP 784 and
PPP 785
Research: Single Subject Design I and
Research: Single Subject Design II and
Research: Single Subject Design III
Research: Quantitative Design I and
Research: Quantitative Design II and
Research: Quantitative Design III