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.

This program is fully approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to recommend candidates for California Credentials and is fully approved as a Specialist Level program by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). NASP approval means that the HSU program meets or exceeds the highest standards for training non-doctoral school psychologists in the country, and meets or exceeds the credentialing requirements of all 50 states. Graduates of the HSU School Psychology Program are automatically eligible to sit for the national examination to earn their National Credential in School Psychology (NCSP).    

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.

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