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

Educational Specialist degree in Psychology with Master’s in Education and PPSC in Autism emphasis allows to become a school psychologist that truly understands the needs of autistic children. This program aligns with California state standards. 

Program Overview

UMass Global's Ed.S. with PPSC emphasis in Autism combines California’s State requirements for a pupil personal services credential and necessary education to become an authorized school psychologist. The program also allows you to make a difference where there is the greatest need. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in 68 children have been identified as having Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Students with this emphasis will:

  • Gain a deeper and fuller understanding of ASD
  • Be prepared to become skillful consultants and interventionists at their school sites
  • Understand the legalities of special education


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Fall I (Aug 29, 2022)

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San Diego Campus
7460 Mission Valley Road, San Diego, CA 92108
Ontario Campus
3990 Concours Street, Suite 100, Ontario, CA 91764
Roseville Campus
400 Sunrise Avenue, Suite 200, Roseville, CA 95661
Walnut Creek Campus
2950 Buskirk Avenue, Suite 315, Walnut Creek, CA 94597
Santa Maria Campus
1300 E. Cypress Street, Building A-1, Santa Maria, CA 93454
Modesto Campus
5222 Pirrone Court, Salida, CA 95368
Monterey Campus
99 Pacific Street, Suite 375-B, Monterey, CA 93940
Palm Desert Campus
75-105 Merle Dr, Suite 800, Bldg. B, Palm Desert, CA 92211
Visalia Campus
ALL MAIL TO: PO Box 3104 Visalia, CA 93278 CAMPUS LOCATION: 337 N. Plaza Drive Visalia, CA 93291
Riverside Campus
3550 Vine Street, Suite 200, Riverside, CA 92507
Irvine Campus
16355 Laguna Canyon Road, 1st Floor, Irvine, CA 92618

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 California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

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My first experience with Brandman* was when I was a special education teacher when my district paired up with them for an autism certificate.  I liked it because I was able to still work and do everything else I needed to do.
Kelly H. | MA, Educational Leadership and Administration
*Brandman University is now UMass Global
My academic advisor was a great support system. He was my advisor throughout my master’s program and he took the time to learn about me personally so we could make the best schedule to accommodate my life.
Steve L. | MAE, Teaching
Amy J.
I took the Autism classes [through Extended Education] and found the passion of special education, which I really never thought of as an option. I finished the Autism program and enrolled in the Master of Special Education.  I have learned to reflect on my teaching and determine if I am reaching all students and on how to better reach any struggling students.
Amy J. | MA, Special Education

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
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the candidate in an academic setting
  • 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.


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


  • 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


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How do school psychologists differ from school counselors?

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