School Psychology Master's Program

School Psychology Master's Program

The School Psychology Program at Humboldt State University is dedicated to preparing highly competent practitioners according to the scientist-practitioner model of training. Graduates are prepared to make significant contributions to the pupil personnel profession by bringing the science of psychology to professional practice, administration, supervision, teaching and research. Although our students are trained to function as school psychologists in urban as well as suburban settings, we specialize in the training of rural practitioners. Virtually 100% of recent graduates are employed, many in rural and semi-rural settings in California as well as in Oregon, Washington and Alaska.

The program is fully accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. At program completion students are recommended to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) for a Pupil Personnel Services Credential with an authorization to practice as a school psychologist. Field experiences in school and community settings are an important and integrating aspect of the program. Course work is sequenced to enhance and integrate the field experience. Students are required to complete a Portfolio Project for their M.A. culminating experience.

The program is administered by a faculty committee who plan the curriculum, make program policy, and select students for admission. The Program Director serves as advisor to all students in the program, and the Graduate Coordinator is the primary point of contact for all students and applicants in School Psychology. 

Professional preparation also concentrates on specific skill development in a number of areas, but the major emphasis is on the preparation of school psychologists as highly competent problem solvers. Rather than being trained to respond to specific problems in specific ways, students are prepared to draw upon a personal foundation in psychology and education to effectively develop and implement strategies for preventing or resolving problems as they occur. They learn to collaborate with other helping professionals and with parents in serving the mental health and educational needs of all children. Finally, they know how to access information to find answers to questions or problems that they have not encountered in their training.

The program philosophy, highly skilled faculty and staff, refined sequence of graduate courses, and the interaction between the program and community resources and professionals has contributed to a program of excellence as demonstrated by our students and the professional school psychologists that they become.


Admission Requirements

  • All applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a GPA minimum of 3.0. All applicants must have some experience in human services and/or research. All applicants must have goals that match the program's objectives.

  • All applicants are required to complete the following prerequisistes prior to admission: General Psychology; Research Methods; Introductory Statistics; Developmental Psychology; Personality Theory OR Abnormal Psychology, and Tests and Measurement (this course may be taken during the graduate program). 

  • All applicants must provide passing scores on the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) prior to fieldwork placement in the program.