Department of Psychology
The Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) School Psychology
Welcome to the School Psychology Program at California State University, Fresno. School psychology is a dynamic field and graduates are in demand nationally. Our Ed.S School Psychology Graduate Program is a full-time, 3-year, 71 unit program that prepares individuals for practice as school psychologists. The program is accredited by the state through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and fully approved at the national level by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). At program completion, students are awarded the Ed.S degree and institutional recommendation for the Pupil Personnel Services Credential with Advanced Specialization in School Psychology. Graduates are eligible to apply for the National Certification in School Psychology (NCSP).
The Program provides future school psychologists with a solid professional and academic foundation reflecting depth and diversity in both psychology and education. All students develop an understanding, respect for, and responsiveness to culture and individual differences. The program emphasizes the importance of delivering school psychological services from a consultation framework to prevent and remediate learning and adjustment problems experienced by children and adolescents. Students are taught to link assessment methodologies to the development of empirically-based interventions. They learn to view problems from a systems/ecological perspective focusing on the child, the family, the school, and the community, and to use a scientific problem-solving approach in their work. Both the theoretical and the empirical basis of professional practice are emphasized in the inner city, suburban, and rural settings.
The Program has a long history of collaboration with the local school districts and communities. Students start their school-based practicum experiences from day one and are matched with carefully selected school-based supervisors. Practicum sites change each semester so students have opportunities at elementary and secondary schools, urban and rural districts, and in special placements (e.g., preschool, programs for students with autism). Cultural competence and working with students and families from diverse backgrounds are emphasized in coursework and field experience. Students complete a minimum of 600 hours of practicum across the first 4 semesters in the program. During the third year students must complete an academic year supervised internship experience consisting of 1200 hours. To date graduates of the school psychology program have enjoyed a 100% employment rate.
Hong Ni, Ph.D., NCSP
Coordinator of the Ed.S. School Psychology
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