Humboldt State University

Department of Psychology

School Psychology Master's Program

Overview

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.

The general objectives of the program for all students progress along two lines:

  • The development of a sound theoretical and empirical knowledge base regarding typical and atypical development of children.
  • The skilled application of this knowledge within the context of public schools in an effort to maximize success and prevent school failure. Faculty and students from the HSU school psychology program conduct research, develop intervention models, and collaborate with local educators regarding the educational and psychological needs of a demanding and heterogeneous pupil population.

Admissions Requirements

All applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and have taken the basic prerequisites in Psychology listed below.

A Statement of Intent outlining the applicant’s motivations and goals for graduate study and how prior education and work relate to School Psychology.

The following prerequisites are required to be completed before the start of the program:

  • General Psychology (PSYC 104)
  • Introductory Statistics (PSYC 241)
  • Research Methods (PSYC 242)
  • Developmental Psychology (PSYC 311)
  • Tests and Measurement (PSYC 345)
  • Personality Theory (PSYC 337)  or     
  • Abnormal Psychology (PSYC 438)

 

  • Equivalent course work, volunteer, or work-related experiences from other disciplines will be considered.

Sample Curriculum

Our School Psychology program is a three-year (six semester) onsite program and is not currently offered online or during the summer.

 

First Semester

PSYC

Units

Course Title                 

518

(3)

Advanced Developmental Psychopathology

605

(3)

Psychological Foundations for School Psychology

616

(3)

Cognitive Assessment I

641

(3)

Research Methods: Philosophy & Design

654

(3)

Interviewing & Counseling Techniques

692

(1)

School Psychology Project (Portfolio-Formative Evaluation)

 

(16)

Total Units/semester

 

Second Semester

PSYC

Units

Course Title                  

606

(2)

Educational Foundations/School Psychology

617

(3)

Cognitive Assessment II

651

(3)

Diagnosis & Intervention/School Psych I. Cognitive & Academic Development

669

(3)

Legal & Ethical Foundations/School Psychology

783

(6)

School Psychology Practicum*

 

(17)

Total Units/semester

 

Third Semster

PSYC

Units

Course Title                

607

(2)

Theories/Methods of Consultation & Collaboration

652

(3)

Diagnosis & Assessment of Social & Emotional Difficulties

676

(3)

Cross Cultural Counseling

783

(6)

School Psychology Practicum*

 

(14)

Total Units/semester

 

Fourth Semester

PSYC

Units

Course Title                

608

(2)

Advanced Assessement/Case Presentation

655

(3)

Social, Emotional & Behavioral Assessment

659

(3)

Mental Health Services in K-12 Schools

692

(4)

School Psychology Project

783

(6)

School Psychology Practicum*

 

(18)

Total Units/semester

 

Fifth Semester

PSYC

Units

Course Title

784

(12)

School Psychology Internship**

 

(12)

Total Units/semester

 

Sixth Semester

PSYC

Units

Course Title

784

(12)

School Psychology Internship**

 

(12)

Total Units/semester

 

 

 

How to Apply

All applicants apply to the university through CalState Apply. Applications open October 1st. The deadline to apply and provide all supplemental materials is February 1st. All applications received by this date will receive full consideration, and initial admission decisions are made by April 1st.

Send forms to graduate-applicants@humboldt.edu

Statement of Intent

Prerequisite Verification Form

Prerequisite Verification Form - Word Doc

 

Contact Us

Faculty Program Coordinator

Lisa Miller
lisa.miller@humboldt.edu

 

Graduate Program Coordinator

Cortney Koors
707.826.5264
cortney@humboldt.edu