FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT KIND OF A DEGREE DO I NEED TO QUALIFY FOR THE POST- MASTER'S DEGREE CREDENTIAL-ONLY PROGRAM?

You must have a master’s degree from a regionally accredited school in counseling, social work, clinical psychology, or a closely related field.

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING TO MY INTERVIEW WITH MY ADMISSIONS COUNSELOR?

If you have not already sent copies of the following to KSOE, please bring them with you: all of your graduate transcripts, course descriptions and/or course catalogs, syllabi (if you still have them), and a current resume.  Should you choose to apply to the program, additional items are needed. Please see your application packet for details.

HOW MANY CLASSES DO I NEED TO TAKE AT SAINT MARY’S?

You will need to complete at least 37 units in residence with Saint Mary’s College. You will meet with an admissions advisor to review your transcripts and experience to determine your exact course of study. Every student must take COUN 540 School Psychology Fieldwork and Seminar and COUN 541 School Psychology Internship and Seminar.  Both are year-long, two semester course sequences.

WHAT IS THE CURRENT TUITION RATE?

Current tuition per semester unit is found on our web site under Tuition & Fees.

CAN I GET FINANCIAL AID?  DO YOU HAVE ANY SCHOLARSHIPS?

Yes, Post-Master’s Degree credential-only students may qualify for financial aid, and Saint Mary’s College does offer some needs-based scholarships.  For both loans and scholarships, you must fill out the FAFSA online at: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov.  You also must be enrolled at least part-time. For more information, contact Carol Kenney, Program Assistant at (925) 631-4723 or by email at ckenney@stmarys-ca.edu.

WHY IS A CERTIFICATE OF CLEARANCE REQUIRED FOR ADMISSION FOR THOSE APPLYING FOR THE SPECIALIZATIONS IN SCHOOL COUNSELING AND SCHOL PSYCHOLOGY?

It is required by law that every participant in a basic credential preparation program undergoes a moral fitness or clearance check by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).  In order to complete this fitness process you must apply for an appropriate document issued by CTC and have that document issued in your name by the Commission. Before being officially admitted to the KSOE you must have applied and PAID for a document issued by the CTC.  The document must be ISSUED prior to the start of your practicum placement (COUN 235 for School Counseling and COUN 527 for School Psychology) or field placement (COUN 530 for School Counseling and COUN 540 for School Psychology).

DO I NEED TO TAKE THE CBEST?

If you are applying for the specialization in School Counseling or School Psychology, you must take the CBEST (or another CTC-approved Basic Skills Requirement) as part of the admissions process.  You need to have passed all sections of the CBEST prior to being in your practicum placement (COUN 235 for School Counseling and COUN 527 for School Psychology) or field placement (COUN 530 for School Counseling and COUN 540 for School Psychology).

DOES SAINT MARY’S HAVE A COLLEGE INTERNSHIP CREDENTIAL?

Yes. Saint Mary’s College does have an “internship” credential in school psychology.  While some students are able to find paid employment in a school that meets the requirements for a School Psychology Internship, other students work at unpaid internships.

WHAT IS A CHALLENGE TO A CLASS?

Students with significant professional experience may be able to challenge relevant courses.  If your advisor or course instructor determines that your experience qualifies you to challenge a course, you will need to pay a challenge fee of $100-$200.  Challenge courses do not count towards residency.  All challenges are considered on an individual basis.

WHAT IS AN INDEPENDENT STUDY?

Sometimes previous coursework will meet some, but not all, of the requirements for a course.  In that case your advisor or course instructor may require an independent study to cover the remaining material.  You will need to pay the regular tuition per unit of independent study.  Independent studies count towards your 15 unit residency requirement.  For example, if you took a 3-unit child development course as part of your master’s degree, you may be able to count 2 units towards the 3-unit Human Development (COUN 248) requirement and complete a 1-unit independent study on adult development.  The instructor will contact you with your exact assignment once you register for your independent study.

WHAT IF I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS OR WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK WITH AN ADMISSIONS COUNSELOR?

If you have more questions please email Laura Heid, PPS Post-Master’s Credential-Only Advisor at lheid@stmarys-ca.edu.  If you are ready to make an appointment, call the KSOE receptionist at 925-631-4700.

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