School Psychology, M.S.
School psychologists are highly trained in both psychology and education. They help children and youth succeed academically, socially and emotionally.
School psychologists collaborate with educators, parents and other professionals to create safe, healthy and supportive learning environments for all students that strengthen connections between home and school.
*Based on current academic year. Subject to change.
Why Earn Your M.S. in School Psychology at CBU?
Work in the field
In addition to learning foundational concepts, our program incorporates hands-on experiences starting in the first semester. Students will be required to complete 1,200 hours of fieldwork during their course of studies. The blend of theory and practical experience provides a model for success in the student’s internship and career as a school psychologist.
The program focuses on moral and ethical standards along with faith integration in the field. Graduates of the program share a deeply rooted commitment to recognize and realize the potential of every child and student.
Learn with a cohort
This program is comprised of a small cohort of students that progress though the program together. The cohort model creates an environment where cooperative learning is cultivated with relationships that are essential for professional networking.
Graduate with a credential
Students of this program emerge with both a Master of Science in School Psychology and a Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Psychology recognized by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
What You'll Learn
- PPS candidates communicate in a supportive, problem-solving fashion using active listening, flexibility and effective facilitation.
- PPS candidates have an awareness of cultural factors that impact student development, behavioral functioning, and home interactions. PPS candidates understand the implications of diversity upon the design and administration of assessments and interventions.
- PPS candidates help students, parents, and teachers effectively access technology, as well as how to enhance learning with appropriate technologies. PPS candidates use technology and database in evidence based practice, decision making, program evaluation, assessment and progress monitoring.
- PPS candidates support policy development that creates safe and effective learning environments. Candidates use their knowledge of ethical considerations related to assessment, counseling, professional activity, and personal conduct to drive their professional practice.
PPS 546: Counseling in Schools
This course presents students with the theoretical and practical foundations necessary to work with individual and groups of students.
PPS 555: Intervention, Consultation and Collaboration
This course will focus on the basic aspects of effective communication between education professionals and others involved in the education and care of disabled individuals, including parents and family members.
PPS 563: Assessment of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
This course introduces the basic principles involved in identifying and assessing problem behaviors and pathology in the educational setting.
1. When do classes meet?
Graduate courses at CBU are designed to accommodate the busy schedules of working adults. Most classes are offered Monday through Thursday evenings.
2. How long does the program take?
This program can be completed in 2.5 years or 8 semesters. Please contact the graduate program advisor at the Metcalf School of Education or attend a Graduate Program Information Session for more detailed program completion details.
3. Can I work full time while enrolled in the program?
Yes. However, students will be required to complete 1,200 hours of fieldwork during their course of studies.
As you make decisions about graduate school, keep in mind the full social, spiritual and educational experience awaiting you at CBU. Here, you will be supported by professors, staff and fellow students who will help you discover your strengths and challenge you to do more than you ever thought you could. Let us equip you with the education, training and opportunities you'll need to start making a unique difference doing what you love.
CBU paved the way for a successful internship and a strong foundation for my first year as a school psychologist. I completed fieldwork in the three local school districts around CBU during my practicum hours.
Laura Curley '12
School Psychologist, Riverside Unified School District
Beyond my coursework preparation for the field of school psychology, graduate school at CBU taught me to be more confident and become closer to my faith. Because of my personal growth at CBU, I now feel like I can tackle anything.
School Psychologist, Julian Charter School
Graduates of CBU's M.S. in School Psychology program will be well prepared for careers as school psychologists.
- School Psychologist
- Educational Psychologist
- Educational Researcher
- University School Psychologist
- College Counselor
- State School Psychologist
- Hospital School Psychologist