MA in Educational Psychology and Ed.S. in School Psychology with PPSP Credential

Prepare to serve as a school psychologist in California and provide consultation services to parents and school staff, crisis management services to schools, and collaborate with institution-linked health services.

EdS and Educational Psychology Master’s Program Overview

The UMass Global EdS School psychology program and educational psychology master's program comes with a built-in PPSP credential and prepares you to serve as an effective school psychologist in public K-12 institutions. This degree meets the requirements for a California State Pupil Personnel Services credential in school psychology, authorizing professional practice in the field.

  • Meet the need for more school professionals to address and evaluate children’s mental health and academic needs.
  • Learn to understand and address learning and behavioral problems in the classroom.
  • Courses are delivered in an online modality.
  • Help students overcome academic and social difficulties by providing the understanding, insight and guidance they need to be successful.
  • Develop the skills to collaborate, advocate for children, evaluate relevant data for educational planning and become an influential leader.
  • Understand regulations as they relate to special education, counseling interventions, leveraging assessments, and reporting communication strategies.
  • Beyond course work and fieldwork, graduation requirements include passing the Praxis exam and an exit interview with faculty.

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Gain the experience and education needed to guide parents and school staff, manage school crisis services, and collaborate with institution-linked health services.

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With a 60-year legacy of teaching California teachers, we has a vast network of local school districts to help our students locate fieldwork.

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Our program allows you to interact with academic and industry leaders and network with fellow School of Psychology students. Build relationships that span your career and keep you connected to other movers and shakers.


University of Massachusetts Global is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)

California Commission on Teaching Credentialing

University of Massachusetts Global's School of Education is accredited by the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing.

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    The counseling program prepared me for my surprise career in behavioral health by providing me with a strong background and practical experience in counseling techniques and a strong skill set in research and critical thinking—key in building a leadership career.
    Robert P.
    MA, Professional Clinical Counseling
    Skills I learned in class come into play every day: being able to relate to people, being able to negotiate and being able to work with people from all walks of life. It really helps you go from one level to the next.
    Melanie D.
    Organizational Leadership, Ed.D.
    Compared to a brick and mortar, the professors are more open and I was able to learn better from them. The online community is what kept me going. I think this is the first time in my life that I can say I am proud of myself. 
    Leonard W.
    MA in Special Education, Behavior Analysis

    Admission Requirements

    Applicants for this credential program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

    • Completed application
    • An autobiographical essay (2-3 pages)
    • 2.75 grade point average (GPA)
    • Current Resume (showing experience working with children)
    • Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions where baccalaureate and/or post-baccalaureate coursework was completed or attempted
    California Residency

    This program is only available to California residents


    Only credits from regionally accredited institutions may be accepted in transfer. Failure to report any previous academic work at another college or university may be considered a violation of academic integrity.

    Graduate Level Exams

    For detailed information about graduate exam and minimum test score requirements, please reference the University of Massachusetts Global Catalog.


    Program Curriculum

    • CSPU 500  Introduction to Counseling and Interpersonal Relations: Concepts and Skills


      CSPU 510  Introduction to the Ethical Practice of School Psychology


      CSPU 512  Advanced Counseling and Intervention


      CSPU 513  Group Leadership and Intervention


      CSPU 514  Cultural and Community Issues in Counseling and School Psychology


      CSPU 516 Children and Youth in Developmental Context


      CSPU 534  Practicum in School Psychology I


      CSPU 535  Practicum in School Psychology II


      CSPU 616  Leadership and Systems Change


      CSPU 622  Supervision and Mentoring in School Psychology I


      CSPU 623  Supervision and Mentoring in School Psychology II


      CSPU 624  Supervision and Mentoring in School Psychology III


      CSPU 625  Supervision and Mentoring in School Psychology IV


      CSPU 636  Cognitive and Neuropsychological Assessment for Intervention


      CSPU 637  Psychoeducational Assessment for Intervention I


      CSPU 638  Psychoeducational Assessment for Intervention II


      CSPU 639  Advanced Positive Behavioral Supports


      CSPU 640  Consultation and Indirect Intervention


      CSPU 641  Best Practices in School Psychology


      EDUU 600  Research and Evaluation Methods


      EDUU 602  Positive Behavior Supports


      EDUU 606  Seminar in Learning Theory


      EDUU 655  Individualized Education Plan Development and Special Education Law


      Total Credits 69
    • EDUU 575  Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders: Etiologies and Characteristics


      EDUU 675  Assessing Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders


      EDUU 676  Autism Spectrum Disorders: Programming and Strategies, I


      EDUU 677  Autism Spectrum Disorders: Programming and Strategies, II


    • Students admitting into the Behavior Analysis emphasis area must be employed at least part-time in a field of employment which uses Applied Behavior Analysis. (ABA courses are taken in sequential order at a maximum of one course per session

      Code Course Name Credits
      EDUU 692 The Science and Philosophical Underpinnings of Applied Behavior Analysis


      EDUU 693 The Foundational Concepts and Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis


      EDUU 694 Using and Analyzing Measurement, Data and Experimental Design in Applied Behavior Analysis


      EDUU 695 Assessment to Guide and Evaluate Intervention in Applied Behavior Analysis


      EDUU 696 Selecting and Implementing Interventions for Behavior Change in Applied Behavior Analysis


      EDUU 697 Program Oversight, Collaboration and Management in Applied Behavior Analysis


      EDUU 698 Ethical Behavior and the Compliance Code for Applied Behavior Analysis

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    School Psychology and Counseling

    How do school psychologists differ from school counselors?

    A school psychologist typically works with individual students and their families while a counselor tends to work with the larger school population. School psychologists for example might help qualify an individual for special services, while a counselor tackles matters such as crisis intervention and preparing students for their overall future success. Read more

    What skills do school psychologists need?

    Some foundational skills schools and districts are looking for in candidates include patient education and support, disorder diagnosis, treatment and care, and strong written and oral communication skills. Those with specializations in telehealth, report writing and crisis intervention are positioned well for these critical roles. Additional skills.

    How do you become a school psychologist?

    Just like other mental health professions, you will need an advanced degree to practice as a school psychologist. Some states, like California, also require a specific credential program dedicated to the area of study. Once these prerequisites are complete, you’ll then apply for licensure. Break down these steps

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