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

This emphasis option equips school psychology program students in California with life-changing tools to help children change their negative or harmful behaviors.

Education Specialist in School Psychology with Applied Behavior Analysis Program Overview

UMass Global's Ed.S. with Master’s in education and the Pupil Personnel services Credential (PPSP) emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis allows you to enter the field of K-12 school psychology with the skillset required to competently assess and intervene to resolve complex behavior problems.

Students with this Education Specialist in School Psychology with Applied Behavior Analysis emphasis will:

  • Be trained in Applied Behavior Analysis  methodologies
  • Understand how to observe and improve behavior in school age children

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Fall I (Aug 28, 2023)

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Be Workforce Ready

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

360-Degree Fieldwork Support

With a 60-year legacy of teaching California educators and administrators, we have an extended network of SoCal school districts and provide comprehensive support in helping our students locate and complete their fieldwork.

Connect With Industry Leaders

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 WSCUC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)


University of Massachusetts Global's Credential and Authorization Education programs are accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

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    Compared to a brick and mortar, Brandman* 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 where I can say I am proud of myself. 
    Leonard W.
    MA in Special Education, Behavior Analysis
    *Brandman University is now UMass Global
    I enrolled in Brandman’s* online ABA program because I was ready to take the next step in my professional career and Brandman* met all of the “must haves” on my checklist. One of the objectives on the BACB task list requires BCBAs to be able to convey behavior analytic terms into language that people outside of the field can interpret. Throughout the ABA program, I have gained the ability and confidence to discuss ABA terminology and interventions in an effective manner to a variety of individuals. It has also allowed me to take on more responsibility at work and ultimately given me the confidence to take on those new responsibilities.
    Katie B.
    Special Education Applied Behavior Assistant
    *Brandman University is now UMass Global
    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.
    Education, Ed.D.

    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)
    • GPA: Meet 1 of these 4 GPA options for admission
    • 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
    • Proof of a passing score report on the California Basic Skills Test (CBEST) or any of the CTC approved basic skills test.
    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.


    EdS 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
    • 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

      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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    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

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    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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