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Master of Science in Psychology: Concentration in School Psychology San Francisco State University




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Course info


The School Psychology concentration is intended to meet a requirement for a career as a School Psychologist in California public and private schools. In addition to the degree, students will need to complete some additional coursework and an internship experience to qualify for the State of California Pupil Personnel Services Credential with authorization in School Psychology.

This M.S. in Psychology: Concentration in School Psychology leads to the Pupil Personnel Services Credential with authorization in School Psychology. Designed primarily for full-time SF State students, an M.S. is earned after successful completion of the fourth semester, and the Pupil Personnel Services Credential with an authorization in School Psychology is awarded after successful completion of the sixth semester in the program.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Appreciation for valuing diversity and an ability to provide services that are culturally relevant. (CCTC 3; NASP 1.2)
  • Knowledge of psychological and educational foundations in the standards of data based decision making and accountability, consultation and collaboration, effective instruction and development of cognitive/academic skills, socialization and development of life skills, student diversity in development and learning, schools and system organizations, prevention, crisis intervention and mental health, home/school community collaboration, research and program evaluation, ethical and legal codes of conduct and information technology. (CCTC 9 -11, 13-14, 17-18, 20-23; NASP 2.1-2.8)
  • Knowledge and skill to identify children who may reside in risk inducing environments, to provide careful and appropriate assessment of children and their families, and to offer appropriate interventions for children and their families. (CCTC 21 & 22; NASP 2.7)
  • Ability to plan, carry out, and evaluate clinical and educational interventions to promote school progress and academic success, both within the school and family, and within the larger community. (CCTC 21 & 22; NASP 2.7 & 2.8)
  • Skilled in methods of consultation and knowledge of the mandates and constraints in public education as well as the other services available to children and families in the community. (CCTC 10, 19 & 20; NASP 2.2, 2.6, & 2.8)
  • Skilled to perform data-based research for determining appropriate placements of children, and to evaluate the appropriateness of programs. (CCTC 23 & 24; NASP 2.1)
  • Skilled in making data based decisions in each aspect of the profession for purposes of appropriate service to children in schools. (NASP 2.1)

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Master of Science in Psychology: Concentration in School Psychology.

Full Time (57 credit hours)

Tuition fees

$15,210.00 (11,14,884) per year




College of Science and Engineering

Thornton Hall (TH) 323,

1600 Holloway Avenue,



94132, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Applicants educated outside of the United States must have earned a degree or diploma that SF State considers to be the equivalent of a 4-year U.S. bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. Applicants who hold a Bologna degree comprised of 180 ECTS may be eligible for admission following comprehensive evaluation of documents.

Minimum TOEFL iBT 80, IELTS 7.0 or PTE 65; some majors require higher scores.

The department accepts applications for the fall semester only, with a deadline of February 1st.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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