Degree Requirements

Required Courses for the School Psychology Substantive Area

Internship Experience. After successful completion of the second year of training, students will be qualified to apply for an internship credential which will allow a district to pay them for their internship training. Although the UCSB School Psychology area has arrangements with several local school districts for potential paid internships, the program does not guarantee that students will be accepted for one of these internship positions; districts maintain hiring discretion. Students are responsible to seek paid internships. Students are, however guaranteed a non-paid internship placement if the faculty determine them to be ready for this experience.

The internship credential is only required when the student will be reimbursed for their internship service. The internship credential is issued by the credential office at UCSB based on approval from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. This credential allows a school district to hire a school psychology intern (all employees of school districts in California must have a valid credential). The internship credential is limited to cover the time period during which the student will receive supervised internship experience within the district (not longer than two years). The internship credential is valid only for the school district that will hire the student for an internship position. Should a student complete more than one internship (e.g., part-time positions in two districts or half-time positions during different school years) then a separate internship credential agreement is required for each district. Please consult your advisor prior to seeking any internship position.

ED 268F:

Internship in School Psychology (1200 hours). [**Note: the Ph.D. Degree requires a 1500-hour internship and students enroll in Ed 268I.]

I. RESEARCH CORE (7 units)

ED 214A Statistics
ED 298A Research Practica (3 quarters)


ED 223E Psychoeducational Assessment
ED 266B Assessment Cognitive Abilities
ED 266D Emotional and Personality Assessment
ED 266E Child and Adoles. Assess.: Strengths and Context
ED 266F Child and Adoles. Assess.: English-Lang. Learners
ED 287D Neuropsychological Assessment


ED 263B Consultation
ED 264C Behavioral Assessment and Intervention for Children and Adolescents
ED 264D Psychoeducational Strategies Schools
ED 265W Basic Helping Skills (Winter)
ED 269B Counseling Children and Families
ED 273 Resiliency


ED 211D Adolescent Development (or another development class upon approval)
ED 222C/222B Social Affective LD (or Ed 222B Cognitive LD)
ED 228E Families and Disability (or Ed 290 Autism)
ED 264B Developmental Psychopathology
ED 264E Emotional & Behavioral Disorders (or Ed 290 Autism)

V. Fieldwork (24+ Units)

ED 268KFWS Year 1: School Psychology Seminar (fall, winter, spring/100 hour minimum)
ED 268BFWS Year 2: Specialized (350 hours, fall, winter, spring - minimum)
ED 268F Internship (1200 hours minimum)*

VI. School Psychology Program Seminar
In addition, as part of the requirements for Ed 268KFWS and 268BFWS, students participate in a school psychology seminar at which critical issues in the profession of school psychology are discussed, as well as ongoing program advising. Meetings are held 2-3 times each quarter.*

*Students enroll for 18 total units of internship when completing the culminating fieldwork experience. However, the credential requirement is for 1200 supervised hours. This must be completed in a P-12 school-based setting. By agreement, UCSB provides a 50% reduction of the Education fee for students enrolled only in Ed 268F for 4 units each quarter.

Program Design

Prerequisites: Background in Behavioral Sciences
Students must have a BA degree from a regionally accredited institution. Applicants with a bachelors degree from another country should contact the Credential Analyst at (805) 893- 2036 for information on how to request a transcript evaluation from a state approved agency to determine degree equivalency. Students not possessing a Bachelors degree in Anthropology, Education, Psychology, or Sociology are expected to enroll in appropriate background courses and/or demonstrate knowledge competency in the areas of individual, group, and institutional development and behavior. More specifically, any student who has not taken undergraduate survey courses in human development and exceptional children within the past five years will be expected to complete these courses by the end of the first year of admission to the program. These prerequisite courses do not otherwise meet credential requirements.

Pupil Personnel Services Credential - School Psychology Substantive Area
Students admitted to the substantive area are required to complete approved credit hours and at least 1200 hours of school-based (P-12) internship as a culminating fieldwork experience).

Students must see the UCSB, GGSE credential analyst to complete all forms necessary to begin work on the school psychologist credential. These forms must be filed before any fieldwork experiences can occur. All students seeking the PPS school psychology credential must follow these procedures. There are fees associated with this process.

The goal of our program is to ensure that the student is provided with essential core knowledge and experiences. These experiences are delivered through required coursework that remain stable from year-to-year and are provided by core faculty. Additionally, there are strands of knowledge that can be acquired from a variety of courses within the Graduate School of Education; therefore, students are afforded more flexibility in taking courses within these areas (course choices are listed; students may choose from among several courses to meet these area requirements). We have found that maintaining flexibility within select areas affords the students and faculty opportunities to individualize student programs to better meet their background experiences and future aspirations. During years 1 and 2, students complete courses in each of the following core content areas: practica, assessment, skill practice (prevention and intervention), professional knowledge/foundations, and research experiences.


Prerequisites: Pupil Personnel Credential in School Psychology

Clearances:  CBEST, TB Clearance, Certificate of Clearance

Prerequisites:  Human Development, Exceptional Children

Program membership:  Ph.D. (CCSP), Ph.D. (SPEDR)

Admission to the program requires a bachelors degree from a regionally accredited institution and students who intend to apply for admission to the School Psychology Credential must:

1) Submit CBEST verification card or documentation that the CBEST has been taken; student must pass CBEST before beginning the credential specialization;

2) Apply for Certificate of Clearance (this should be done prior to enrollment). Applicants who are admitted to the program will be required to have this certificate by the fall for which they are admitted;

3) Submit a TB Clearance - by the Fall for which they are admitted. UCSB Student Health Services can administer this during the first quarter of enrollment.

*Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail: