Prospective Students & Program Application

Program Admissions

FALL 2024 APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN. Accepting Applications from Oct 1 to March 1.

The following are program application requirements:

Prerequisites: Five (5) prerequisites are required as part of the application. These courses must be completed with a grade of “B” or better prior to starting the program in the fall semester (if admitted). Prerequisities are intended to provide a foundational understanding and readiness for graduate and field experiences. The following are prerequisite course titles and CSUEB catalog equivalencies. Please use the CSUEB course numbers as examples for course description.

  1. Theories of Learning (3 units)- Behavioral or Cognitive Psychology
  2. Statistics (3 units)- Introduction to probability
  3. Abnormal Psychology (3 units)
  4. Human, child, or Adolescent Development (3 units)
  5. Psychological Tests (3 units)- Psychometrics OR Research Design (3 units)

*Prior to submitting your Department Application, you can send your transcripts with posted grades to the Program Coordinator, Dr. Tran ( for review and verification of your prerequisites.

Exams: The required exams (updated as of 12/2023)

      A. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) - recommended, but not required. 
      B. Basic Skills Requirement (BSR) - candidates need to demonstrate proficiency in one of the    
          options below determined by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. 
  1. Pass the CBEST
  2. Pass the CSET: Multiple Subjects CSET exams PLUS Writing Skills Exam (CSET #142)
  3. Pass the CSU Early Assessment Program or the CSU Placement Exams
  4. Achieve qualifying score on the SAT or ACT
  5. College Board Advance Placement (AP) Examinations
  6. Pass the Basic Skills Exam from Another State
  7. Meet the Basic Skills Requirement by Coursework (university and community college level, with grades of "B" or better)
    *For reading: a course in critical thinking, literature, philosophy, reading, rhetoric, or textual analysis.
    *For writing: a course in composition, English, rhetoric, written communication, or writing.
    *For mathematics: a course in algebra, geometry, mathematics, quantitative reasoning, or statistics.
  8. Meet the Basic Skills Requirement by Coursework and Exam

For more information, visit CTC Basic Skills Requirement.

For options #7 and #8, please complete the Request of Basic Skills Requirement Evaluation form. You will need to email the form and include a copy of your transcripts (unofficial is acceptable) and a copy of your test score, if applicable, in pdf format and email to The subject line of your emails needs to be “Request of BSR Evaluation” and include your name. Once the Request for Basic Skill Requirement request has been reviewed, you will receive the decision back via email (the email listed on the form). The turnaround time is 4-6 weeks. 

Application: Two separate applications are required, one to the University and one to the Department by the deadline. Both applications must be completed in order to be admitted to the Program. See Application links above.

Full-Time Enrollment: The program requires full-time enrollment in a 3-year course of study. Part-time enrollment is not allowed. Students take all required classes in a sequential order and participate in practicum/fieldwork and the Community Counseling Clinic (CCC) within the Department of Educational Psychology. This program is in-person, with a few classes that meet online/hybrid. Classes start as early as 9:30am and can go into the evening until 8pm. On days when students are not in classes, they are in fieldowork/practicum and the Community Counseling Clinic. *This program is not recommended for working professionals due to the time committment required. 

Official Transcripts: You are required to submit 2 sets of transcripts, from all undergrad work to CSUEB. One set of official transcript to the University Graduate Admissions Department and unofficial transcripts with the Department Application.

Applicants with international transcripts with a foreign degree must provide an official evaluation of that coursework by a CTC approved agency, for a list of approved agencies visit  FOREIGN TRANSCRIPT EVALUATION

Statement of Purpose: In the Statement of Purpose, describe your professional goals. We are interested in knowing how you developed these goals and how you assess your strengths and weaknesses relative to achieving these goals. Be sure to discuss the program related questions in your statement of purpose. Do not use a generic statement without discussing the program questions.

The following are the statement of purpose questions for the School Psychology program application:

1)   What brought you to the field of School Psychology?
2)   What is the role of a School Psychologist and why do you want to be one?
3)   How have you learned about what School Psychologists do?
4)   How would you apply your knowledge to the profession?
5)   What strengths will help you be a good School Psychologist and what challenges will you work on to reach your goals?

Letters of Recommendation: Three (3) letters are required for the Department Application. Request letters from professional individuals who can speak on your academic performance and professional skills and abilities. At least one letter should be from a faculty/professor.

Resume: The resume is required and include your educational background and professional qualifications and experiences. 

School-based experience/volunteer community work with children and youth: Applicants will be committing to future work as a school psychologist in schools and communities with children and youth; therefore, some work experience or volunteer experience is important to help applicants better understand the interactions with this population (e.g., summer camp, afterschool program, paraprofessional, behavioral support, tutoring).

Shadow/interview a school psychologist: It is strongly recommended for applicants to contact their local district to interview/shadow a school psychologist to better learn the role. 

Interview: Only selected applicants will be invited for an interview with faculty based on the application submission.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • University application (submitted via CSU Apply)
  • Department online application
  • Personal Statement specific to CSUEB School Psycgology Program (see statement questions)
  • Certificate of Clearance (only required upon acceptance to the program)
  • Basic Skills Requirement (BSR) / California Basic Skills Test (CBEST) (candidates need to demonstrate proficiency in one of the options)
  • Three letters of reference (3)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)- recommended, but not required
  • Transcripts from all Universities/Colleges attended. Applicants with international transcripts with a foreign degree must provide an official evaluation of that coursework by a CTC approved agency, for a list of approved agencies visit  FOREIGN TRANSCRIPT EVALUATION
  • Resume
  • Work or volunteer experience with children and youth
  • Applicants are encouraged to interview//shadow a school psychologist to learn more about the role (contact your local school district)

Faculty review the above requirements and determine if the applicant moves to the next phase, which is the interview with faculty. Admissions is competitive as we admit a small cohort (depending on budget) for the fall semester only.

*This is a full-time program and not recommended for working professionals. Classes are all day from early morning to evening. When not in classes, candidates are in fieldwork/practicum and/or the Community Counseling Clinic.

Applicants must complete the following or equivalent courses with a grade of B or better prior to starting the fall semester:

Applicants who still need to take prerequisites should have a detailed plan for completion and noted on the application. All prerequisites need to be completed prior to fall admissions; these courses cannot be taken concurrently while in the program.

Please refer to the Prerequisite Equivalency Course List to determine if your past courses and/or courses from other institutions fulfill these requirements. This is not an exhaustive list; these are only examples.

If your institution or course is not listed, please contact the Program Coordinator for School Psychology: Dr. Oanh Tran - Email: Include a copy of the unofficial transcript, course description, course number, institution, and date completed.

You can also contact the program coordinator to inquire about prerequisites and equivalencies, and obtain a verification letter of prerequisite course approval to be included with your department application. 


Upon successful completion of the dual School Psychology Program, graduates earn the following (3 in 1 outcome):

(1) Master's of Science degree in Counseling;

(2) Recommendation for a California Pupil Personnel Credential (PPS) in School Psychology;

(3) Completion of coursework and hours necessary to apply for an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT) Intern License with the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS).

Additionally, graduates can apply to be Nationally Certified School Psychologists (NCSP) with the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), after 1,200 hours of intern field experience and related examination. Candidates complete the 1,200 hours and the national Praxis exam during the internship year (Year 3). 

The state and national recognition status of the school psychology program that students attend
may well have an impact on state and national credentials that they qualify for upon graduation.
If a school psychology program is approved in the state in which it is located, students are likely
be able to practice in the public schools of that state upon completing the program. But if
individuals want to be credentialed in other states, or to attain national certification, it is
important that they attend a nationally accredited program. Such status indicates that external
experts have reviewed the program using national standards and suggests that the program
provides quality preparation.

The graduates of programs that are recognized by NASP can be credentialed to work in the
schools in the majority of states (many of which either use NASP reviews to determine which
programs are state-approved or use NASP standards for their own state reviews). Additionally,
pending the passing of a national exam and documentation of an internship consistent with
NASP standards, the graduates of NASP-approved programs qualify for the Nationally Certified
School Psychologist (NCSP) credential. The graduates of programs that are not NASP-approved
may also apply for the NCSP, but they must submit considerably more documentation regarding
their preparation and are less assured of qualifying for the credential. (NASP)

Rolling Admissions Deadline

We are rolling admissions and review applications and admit students. We have Fall semester admissions only with limited spots for admissions each cohort year. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply sooner, rather than later as spaces fill up. ONLY SELECTED APPLICANTS WILL BE INTERVIEWED. Applicants can apply to ONLY one graduate program (concentration) in the Department of Educational Psychology.

School Psychology Program Application Deadlines:

Round 1: November 30th

Round 2: January 15th

Round 3: March 1st


graduate tuition

Graduate Tuition

1 Based on 2023-2024 resident tuition and fees for full-time enrollment of 6 or more units for two semesters. Other expenses may vary. Amounts are subject to change without advance notice.

2 In accordance with California Assembly Bill 990, CSU East Bay provides the typical market costs of a one bedroom apartment in Hayward area.  The room and Board expenses included in the off-campus cost of attendance represent the typical costs students pay when enrolled a CSU East Bay.  Actual costs of room and board will vary, including on campus room and board depending on dorm and meal plan options.  Many students living off-campus have roommates, which decreases their housing costs. 


Non-resident Students (U.S. and Foreign)

Click Here for Nonresident Tuition Fee (in addition to basic tuition and system wide fees charged all students) for all campuses.  The total nonresident tuition paid per term will be determined by the number of units taken.

Note: Mandatory system wide tuition is waived for those individuals who qualify for such exemption under the provisions of the California Education Code (see section on fee waivers).

Why CSUEB School Psychology Graduate Program?

You can make a difference! Consider joining our nationally accredited program to become an innovative leader that will make a difference in psychology and education. Our program is collegial, supportive, and offers quality instruction. 
  • Multiple outcomes upon graduation (Master's in Counseling, Credential in School Psychology, Training toward Marriage and Family Therapy Licensure)
  • Cohort Model
  • The only nationally accredited program in the Bay Area (NASP approved)
  • Community Counseling Clinic (CCC) & Immediate Fieldwork experience
  • Non-competitive & Collaborative (Brown Bag events, Professional Organizations, Research Opportunities)
  • Comprehensive Training & Supervision
  • Data-based and Outcomes Approach
  • Professional Development: Social Justice League (SJL) & School Psychology Association (SPA)
  • Students are well prepared for the school psychology field
NASP school psychologist role

Role of School Psychologists

School Psychologists design strategies and programs to address learning, emotional, and behavioral challenges; Conduct educational assessments to identify special needs; Provide individual and counseling; and Coordinate intervention strategies for individuals and school-wide crises.  

Children need school psychologists for...

  • Learning difficulties
  • Social difficulties
  • Behavioral difficulties
  • Crisis, grief, poverty, homelessness
  • Prevention programming
  • Referrals to community programs
  • Advocacy

Program Structure

The School Psychology graduate program is a full-time, three-year program. Courses are offered in a defined cohort sequence during Fall and Spring terms, during the day and evenings, in the fall and spring semesters. Courses are taken by MS Counseling students only. 


A "cohort" is a group of trainees who enter, move through, and graduate from the program in the same group, at the same time. Cohorts foster learning communities where professionals-in-training from other programs within the Educational Psychology Department support each other.

Clinical Work and Fieldwork

Professionals-in-training are placed in schools for all three years in the Program. These opportunities provide rich experience in preparation for psychoeducational assessments and clinical work with students, parents, and teachers in schools. Professionals-in-training begin working in schools at the beginning of the program and have fieldwork opportunities in Bay-Area school districts. First, second, and third-year trainees provide support to students, teachers, and parents while completing course-related assignments. Concurrently, trainees have opportunities to work in the Community Counseling Clinic (CCC) to provide counseling to individuals, couples, families, and children in the community struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, and/or relational difficulties. We promote resilience and practice strengths-based, problem-solving assessments, and interventions. 

School Psychology Credential

Trainees are required to complete Program requirements and NASP standards at competency.  The Praxis II Exam in School Psychology is required.  Upon meeting these requirements, trainees are recommended for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) School Psychology Credential.

Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) License

Marriage and family therapists are a crucial advocate and provider of mental health services. They are trained in various theories, for individuals, couples, and families. They receive training in how to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders within the individual, couples and family systems. Once fully licensed, they are able to open their own private practices, however, many still continue to work in agency or clinic settings.

The Program provides coursework and training toward the Marriage and Family Therapy license. Those interested in pursuing the MFT license are required to continue to obtain additional hours toward the 3,000 hour requirement beyond the School Psychology Program.

A Day in the Life of a CSUEB School Psychology Student...

Hi Everyone! We have all been working through the worldly obstacles this year in many different aspects...Our experience has been mostly distance learning, but we have been lucky enough to have some normalcy with in-person, socially distanced, proper precautioned lectures/labs. Here is what a day in the life of a School Psychology/MFT student looks like here at East Bay. We make the best with what we can do for now, but we continue to learn SO much
We are thankful for this time together to connect and practice assessments (a HUGE part of our future profession). Can't wait to share more about our experiences! 
See you soon!