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

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    My academic advisor was a great support system. He was my advisor throughout my program and he took the time to learn about me personally so we could make the best schedule to accommodate my life.
    Steve L.
    MA in Education, Teaching and Learning
    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)
    • 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


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