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School Psychology (Ed.S.) Application Process

Learn how to apply to the School Psychology (Ed.S.) Program in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology (CSP).

The School Psychology Program prepares school psychologists to be systems change agents in culturally diverse schools. It embraces an ecosystemic philosophy-orientation and emphasizes multicultural content, processes, and experiences.  The program provides an integrated sequence of theory, research, and practice in 10 domains of professional practice over a 3-year sequence of full-time study, followed by a full-time, year-long internship. This integrated graduate-profession program culminates in the Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in School Psychology.

Important Dates for Fall 2022

Item Due Date
1. Cal State Apply application
(opens October 1 each year)
December 15, 2021
2. Program application December 22, 2021
3. Letters of recommendation January 12, 2022
4. Official Transcripts due January 12, 2022
5. Interviews

February 26, 2022

About Admissions

We conduct admissions annually, beginning our review of applications January 12 for the following summer. We use equitable admissions criteria where different (from the traditional) criteria are applied equally to all applicants:

  • Psychology, Education or related major.  Record of related coursework in educational studies, special education, counseling, school systems.
  • Strong undergraduate record
  • Quality of application essays
  • SDSU Graduate Division requires a GPA of 2.8 in the last 60 semester-units. 
  • Experience with children, youth, and/or schools
  • Familiarity with the profession of school psychology
  • Collaboration skills, leadership and interdisciplinary work in schools
  • Knowledge about special education and children with disabilities
  • Knowledge of bilingual education programs and instructional models
  • Excellent skills in listening, collaborating, leading, building trust with others, expressing feelings, managing conflict
  • Appropriate assertiveness
  • Accepting and using feedback
  • Flexibility and openness to new ideas
  • Awareness of impact on others
  • Accepting personal responsibility
  • Depth and/or breadth of cultural knowledge or experiences
  • Culture-focused or multicultural courses
  • Proficiency in a language in addition to English, Cultural immersions, or international study
  • Understanding of systematic racism in educational settings
  • Focus on Anti-Racist/Anti-Blackness work in the schools

Steps to Apply

1. Submit the Cal State Apply application

For assistance, see Tips on Completing the Cal State Apply University Application

Go to Cal State Apply (CSU application) - Opens Oct 1


Follow the steps to complete the Cal State Apply University Application at SDSU Graduate Admissions.

Note that you can bypass certain steps in this application:

  • GPA: You are not required to enter your GPA.  Please click "add GPA" and then "I don't have a GPA to add," and continue with your application.
  • You may forgo entering a Statement of Purpose and simply type, "Sent directly to department," in this field.  (You will upload essays and statements later in the SDSU Program application.)

Persons admitted to this program must have a minimum of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.  You can be finishing your degree at the time of application, but it must be completed prior to starting this program.

If you earned your degree in a country where English is not the primary language, then you will likely be required to take the TOEFL exam.

2. Request official transcripts

Request that your official transcripts be sent to SDSU, following instructions on our Submit Official Transcripts page.

Submission of GRE scores is OPTIONAL for the SDSU School Psychology program.  They are NOT required or used as criteria for admission to the graduate program but may enhance opportunities for scholarships. 

3. Submit the Program application

 Please gather the required documents below and have them ready to upload to the Program application:

Write a separate personal statement responding to each of the following two prompts; the 3rd one is optional. Please type the question at the top of the document and format with double-spacing, 12-point font and at least 1-inch margins. Use a maximum of 2 pages for your answer to each prompt. Keep in mind that we consider these statements representative of the quality of your potential work in the program.

  • Prompt #1: The mission of our program is to prepare school psychologists who will be change-agents in multi-cultural schools. Given your knowledge and range of experiences, if you could change one thing in the schools, what would that be? Why? How do you think you might go about creating this change?
  • Prompt #2: In what ways will your cultural identity and/ or life experiences/ background (for example, ethnicity, disability status, race, geographic origins, gender, class) impact your effectiveness as a school psychologist in multicultural schools? Specifically address how these experiences and/ or backgrounds will (a) facilitate AND (b) impede or constrain your effectiveness with students, teachers, families, staff, and administrators.
  • Prompt #3 (optional): If you feel that your full application materials inadequately reflect your (a) academic, (b) professional, (c) interpersonal and/or (d) cross-cultural readiness for our program, you may add a 2-page description of your experience, knowledge, skills, and/ or predispositions that underpin your readiness in one or more of these areas.
    • Note: do not repeat information from your Experience Profile (required item #2 for this application) or other essays.

Complete your experience profile using the Experience Profile Template (Word Document).

You are required to take and pass the CBEST in the first two years of the program.  You may choose to take this exam now to get it out of the way.  If you choose to wait to take the exam, you may indicate so in the Program application.

If you have taken and passed the CBEST exam, you will need to upload your passing score sheet into the Program application.

For more information about registering for this exam, visit the CBEST website.

You do not need to obtain the results of a negative TB test prior to applying, but you must submit them prior to the start of the program.

You may indicate your intent to provide a negative TB test at a later date by choosing, "I will provide a verification of a negative TB test prior to beginning the program," in the appropriate section of the Program application.

These results must be current from within the past 4 years. You can go to your medical doctor or a local clinic to get this done.

Download unofficial transcripts (or scan a paper transcript) for every institution, one file per institution, and be prepared to upload to the online program application. This is in addition to, not a substitution for, having official transcripts sent to SDSU Graduate Admissions office.

Apply for your Certificate of Clearance. You do not need to obtain your Certificate of Clearance prior to applying to the program. However, it is required prior to the start of your first year.

If you choose to wait to obtain your Certificate of Clearance, you may indicate, "I will provide a valid California Certificate of Clearance prior to the start of the program," in the Program application.

More directions on this process can be found on the School of Teacher Education's Certificate of Clearance webpage.  (Follow the directions for applying to the Certificate of Clearance.)

Note: The Emergency Teaching Permit does not apply to this program.

Contact 3 individuals who you have interacted with both personally and professionally and would be able to write a letter of recommendation for you.

You will need their names and email addresses to enter into the online Program Application. Recommenders will submit their letters directly into the online Program Application (linked below in the red arrow).

Program application

Access the Online Program Application

Go to Program Application

4. Interviews

The School Psychology Program will hold interviews on February 26, 2022.