Content Skip to content.
San Diego State University

CSP Home

School Psychology Program FAQs

I took and passed the CBEST a few years ago, do I need to retake it in order to apply for the program?
CBEST scores are valid for life and therefore, there is no need to retake the exam.
I am an out of state applicant, do I need to pass the CBEST prior to applying to the program?
If admitted, it is highly recommended that you take the CBEST before beginning the program. The CBEST must be passed before you graduate the program (in Year 4) or earlier (in Year 3) if your Internship school district requires it. You are not required to submit a passing score in order to apply, if you choose to wait to take the exam, you may indicate so in the Program application.
I currently hold a graduate level degree in psychology or a related field and am solely looking to earn a PPS credential, does the program offer a credential-only option?
Unfortunately, at this time we do not admit credential-only applicants. All applicants are expected to follow our 4-year sequence culminating in the Ed.S in School Psychology and PPS Credential.
Does the program accept graduate level credits from an outside institution?
In order for students to graduate with an Ed.S and PPS credential from the SDSU School Psychology program, they must complete the 4-year sequence of study within our program. The courses are designed and scheduled within the context of a specific developmental sequence and, therefore, courses taken at another institution may not be integrated into our study plan. Furthermore, the program adopts a cohort model approach that encourages all students admitted into a cohort to take courses and in some years, to participate in applied practicum/fieldwork within their cohort. There are times that students are able to waive a course but the student must provide a transcript displaying the grade received in the course, the course syllabus, and sample assignments. The program faculty will complete a thorough review of your waiver application and determine if it is aligned with the program’s course and meets the waiver requirements. 
Do I need to have an undergraduate degree in psychology or education in order to be considered for the program?
An undergraduate degree in psychology, education or a related field is preferred, but not absolutely required in order to be considered for the program. Although these majors provide a useful foundation for the field, students from a variety of academic backgrounds have been admitted to our program in previous years. It is, however, strongly recommended that you take an introduction to psychology course as well as a child development course prior to applying.
Are there prerequisites for the program?
There are no official prerequisites for this program, however it is recommended that you have taken at least an introduction to psychology course and a child development course. Other recommended courses include statistics/research, tests/measurements, educational psychology and related education courses.
What is the average GPA and GRE scores of admitted applicants?
While the University requires the GRE for all graduate admissions, the SDSU School Psychology program does not require a minimum GRE score. So while your GRE score is considered as part of our comprehensive admissions process, we do not establish cut-off scores for applicants. The same is true with GPA, however, the University has a 2.8 minimum GPA for applying to graduate programs.
Is it possible to work while I attend the program?
Due to the practicum and course schedule, it is not possible to work a full-time day job as you are training in the schools 1-5 days per week, depending on your year. Required time spent at your school site increases as you progress through the program, leaving limited time to work during the latter half of the sequence. However, most students do work on a part-time basis.
When are classes typically held?
Classes are usually held in the afternoons and evenings between the hours of 4:00pm and 10:00pm in order to allow students to be at their practicum school site during the day. However, first and second year students may have one class scheduled in the morning or early afternoon. Additionally, students complete practicum and fieldwork based courses in schools from 8am-3pm on one to two days a week depending on their level in the program. Please see the “Supervised Fieldwork” section of our webpage for further details.
Are there summer courses?
Currently, the only required summer course is ED 690: Methods of Inquiry, which is taken during the summer prior to your first year.
Why is this program 4 years instead of 3?
Our program is intentionally longer in order to graduate qualified and well-prepared school psychologists. As this is a career where we are responsible for numerous roles and responsibilities (counseling, advocacy, assessment/intervention/prevention, leadership, etc), we've found that 3 years of courses and practicum and 1 year of internship provides ample opportunities to gain in depth experience in a wide variety of settings. Our students enter their internship year with a minimum of 900 hours of fieldwork experience. This is very important to us as a program. Additionally, students do not have required courses over the summer. The summer offers a chance to rejuvenate, travel and participate in cultural immersions through grant opportunities.