Post-Master's School Psychology Credential

Post-Master's School Psychology Credential

Spring Term Priority Deadline: October 1st, 2023


To become a School Psychologist in PreK–12 California public schools, you must have a School Psychology Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPSC). Credentials are awarded through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).



The Counseling Department at Saint Mary’s prepares PPSC students to become professional, empathic, well-rounded School Psychologists through best-practice academics and field experience. Our counseling framework emphasizes cultural competency and social justice, which is reflected in the College's Lasallian Core Principles and the Department’s Student Learning Outcomes. In keeping with CCTC requirements, our program gives primary emphasis in helping public school pupils achieve academic success by emphasizing the importance of student support services.

Each student receives an individualized plan of study within a cohort model, wraparound supervision and support both on-campus and in the field, and attend intentionally small classes for an in-depth experience. Saint Mary’s PPSC graduates enter schools with the self-confidence and skills to be advocates for their students, parents, teachers, and greater community.

School Psychologists are eligible to become Licensed Education Psychologists (LEPs) through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) after completing 2 years of full-time work as a credentialed School Psychologist. The scope of practice of LEPs includes providing diagnoses of psychological disorders related to academic learning processes; providing psychological counseling for individuals, groups and families; developing treatment programs and strategies to address problems of adjustment; coordinating intervention strategies for management of individual crises; and consulting with other educators and parents on issues of social development and behavioral and academic difficulties (California Board of Behavioral Sciences, 2011). 

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Program Duration

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Options for 2 or 2.5 year tracks. This is a program designed to help you grow and succeed.


Learning Environment

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Fall and Spring semester courses meet once a week Monday–Thursday in the late afternoon/evenings, and alternating Saturdays.


Average Class Size

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15-18 learners per cohort. Cohort members in the program form a learning community. Your success starts with connections.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the School Psychology PPS Credential-Only, applicants must already hold a clinically-based master's degree from a regionally accredited university. For a degree to be clinically-based, you must have had specific coursework in counseling skills and fieldwork hours supervised by a licensed or credentialed supervisor. Common qualifying degrees include:

  • Counseling
  • Social Work
  • Clinical Psychology

While the following master's degrees are certainly relevant, they do not include counseling skills or fieldwork components, therefore do not qualify for the credential-only program: General Psychology that is research focused, Education, Special Education, Applied Behavior Analysis. However, if you have one of these degrees, you are encouraged to apply to our full master's program, specialize in School Psychology (which includes the credential).

If you earned your master's at a university outside of the United States, you must first complete a foreign transcript evaluation by a CCTC-approved company. This process will determine course and degree equivalency necessary to confirm eligibility.



You may begin your application and reference our admissions checklist and application deadlines and requirements to ensure it is completed thoroughly. 

If you have not been working in the field since earning a master’s degree, then you must take the National Counselor Examination (NCE) to verify currency before a plan of study is created. 



After your application is processed and it is determined that your Master's meet the CTC requirements, you will be contacted to schedule a group interview. If your graduate GPA is below 2.8, a second, individual interview is also required.



Once you have been admitted into the School Psychology PPS Credential-Only program, you will pay a $200 transcript evaluation fee and a faculty advisor will create your individualized plan of study. Most students will earn their credential in 2 years.

You will need to supply your master's degree transcript, course syllabi, and course catalogs, for evaluation to determine which of your master's courses are transferable. To fulfill the College's residency requirement, at least 34 units must be completed within the PPSC Program. A maximum of 9 units (3 full unit classes) can be transferred in and 25 additional units may be challenged. Professional experience is also taken into consideration for course challenges and will be discussed with the faculty advisor when creating your plan of study.

Courses acceptable for transfer credit must have been taken within the last five years. Coursework may be acceptable beyond five years if you are able to display current experience and knowledge or by taking the National Counselor Examination (NCE).

You may reference our general School Psychology plan of study to compare to your graduate transcript and see which courses you may want to challenge, transfer, or still need to take.

Again, if you do not meet the eligibility requirements for this program, but still wish to become a School Psychologist, you may apply to the full master's program and specialize in School Psychology — which includes the School Psychology PPS Credential!


Links and Resources

Counseling Department


Professional Resources