Prospective Students & Program Application

Program Admissions

Prerequisites: For admission to the program, applicants must complete five prerequisites. These courses must be completed with a grade of “B” or better prior to beginning the program. Pre-requisities are intended to provide a foundational understanding and readiness for graduate and field experiences. The following are prerequisite course titles and CSUEB catalogue equivalencies. Please use the CSUEB course numbers as examples for course description.

  1. Theories of Learning (3 units)- Behavioral or Cognitive
  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)

Exams: The required exams (updated as of 10/2021)

      A. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) - now recommended, but not required. 
      B. California Basics Education Skills Test (CBEST) - candidates need to demonstrate proficiency in one of the    
          Basic Skills Requirement options 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.

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 Coummunity Counseling Clinic (CCC). 

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 to on your academic performance and professional skills and abilities.

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

Interview: Only selected applicants will be invited for an interview 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 (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
  • 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
  • Only selected applicants will be interviewed 

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

Applicants with some courses to take should have a detailed plan for completion during the Summer, prior to fall admissions.

Please refer to the Prerequisite Equivalency Course List to determine if your past courses and/or courses from others institutions fulfill these requirements.

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. 


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

(1) Master's of Science degree in Counseling; (2) Recommendation for a California Credential 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 of intern field experience and related examination.

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)

Admissions Deadline

Online Department Application is now OPEN for Fall 2023 Admissions. We are rolling admissions and review applications at each round until all spaces are filled. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply sooner, rather than later. Applicants can apply to ONLY one graduate program in the Department of Educational Psychology.

Fall 2023 Admissions Application Deadlines:

Round 1: November 30th

Round 2: January 15th

Round 3: March 1st


graduation tuition

Graduate Tuition

1 Based on 2021-2022 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.  Many students living off-campus have roommates, which decreases their housing costs. 

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

Nonresident Tuition of $396 is paid on a per unit basis (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.

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. A summer session between Year 1 and Year 2 will be required. 


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!