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Department of Psychology

School Psychology Program Application Information


Prerequisites for the School Psychology Program

Applicants to the School Psychology Program should take the following classes or equivalent courses at another university as undergraduates or prior to admittance to the program.  These classes may be taken as a part of the Undergraduate Major where applicable. In some cases work experience may substitute for coursework. A candidate must complete a bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited university.

Critical Courses and/or Knowledge

Critical Courses


(One course in each area is preferred)

Suggested Fresno State Courses – Similar courses from other universities are acceptable

Learning and/or Memory       

Psych 136 – Human Learning & Behavior

Psych 121 – Learning & Memory

Psych 128 – Cognitive Psychology

Child Development

Psych 155 – Developmental Psych

Psych101/ CFS 39 – Child Development

Psych 102 – Adolescent Development


Psych 42 - Introduction to Statistics

Research Design

Psych 144 - Research Methods

Abnormal Psychology

Psych 66 - Abnormal Psychology

Applied Behavior Analysis

Psych 172 - Applied Behavior Analysis

Tests and Measurement

Psych 149 - Psychological Testing

Recommended Courses and/or Knowledge

Suggested Fresno State Courses – Similar courses from other universities are acceptable


Psych 174 - Introduction to Counseling

Psych 175 – Family Counseling

Biological Basis of Behavior

Psych 36 or 125 – Psychopharmacology, Neuropsychology

Exceptional Children 

Psych 169 – Psych of Disability

SPED 120 – Intro to Special Education

Recommended Experiences

Shadow and/or interview at least one school psychologist

Research the field online via

Volunteer or paid experience with children, such as working with afterschool programs or  summer recreation programs, as a special education aide, behavior therapist, or group home counselor, tutoring, substitute or fulltime teaching experience

Research experience with a professor or graduate student

Talk to current graduate students in the school psychology program

Attend recruitment events

Meet the school psychology faculty


Additional Information

For further information on the School Psychology Program, it is recommended that potential applicants schedule an appointment with the program coordinator. 

Hong Ni, Ph.D., NCSP