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School Psychology, M.Sc.

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  • 14 months
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About

The School Psychology from California University of Pennsylvania is the first phase of a three-year certification program designed for bachelor’s degree holders in psychology or for those who have taken at least 15 credits of psychology coursework, including a statistic’s course. This graduate degree program can be completed in 14 months of full-time study. 

After obtaining a master's degree, pursue school psychology certification preparation at Cal U  in order to practice as a school psychologist. 

Rigorous training will help you go far.

Cal U education programs have been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954, and we are continuing with the successor organization, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

This program is recognized by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

A fast-paced schedule includes an online summer start, followed by face-to-face evening classes.

Degree classes cover child psychology, human development, special education and more.

Degree Benefits

This master's degree equips you with the foundation for becoming a well-rounded school psychologist and prepares you to begin state certification requirements. Courses and field experiences teach you how to perform:

  • Assessments (comprehensive evaluations of disability and risk).
  • Consultations with parents and teachers regarding instructional and behavioral needs.
  • Interventions, including crisis prevention/intervention, and individual and group counseling.
  • Training of teachers, parents and students in problem-solving methods and risk identification.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Psychopathology of Childhood 
  • Principles of Instruction and Intervention 
  • Advanced Psychology of Learning 
  • Psychology of Growth and Development 
  • Advanced Tests and Measurements 
  • Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy 
  • Fundamentals of School Psychology 

        Detailed Programme Facts

        • Programme intensity Full-time
          • Full-time duration 14 months
        • Credits
          36 alternative credits
        • Languages
          • English
        • Delivery mode
          On Campus

        English Language Requirements

        • Minimum required score:

          6

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        • Minimum required score:

          76

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        • Minimum required score:

          550

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        Academic Requirements

        You need the following GPA score:

        Required score: 3

        Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

        Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

        • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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        General Requirements

        • School Psychology Master's Only:  Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a GPA of 3.00 or higher or at least 15 credits of psychology with a 3.00 or higher (Students with a GPA below 3.00 may apply for conditional admission)
        • School Psychology Certificate Only:  Master's degree in school or educational psychology with a GPA of 3.00 (Students with a GPA below 3.00 may apply for conditional admission)
        • Official transcripts from an accredited undergraduate institution (for master's) or graduate institution (for certification)
        • Autobiographical essay focusing on student's motivation to become a school psychologist
        • School Psychology Master's Only:  Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores

        Tuition Fee

        • International

          774 USD/credit
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 774 USD per credit and a duration of 14 months.
        • National

          774 USD/credit
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 774 USD per credit and a duration of 14 months.
        • In-State

          516 USD/credit
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 516 USD per credit and a duration of 14 months.
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        Living costs for California

        • 1570 - 2660 USD/month
          Living Costs

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