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Counseling and School Psychology
Benerd School of Education
Justin Low
Program Lead


Benerd College
For Degree and Credentialing: 209.946.2683 For Professional Development: 209.946.2424 For Sacramento Programs: 916.340.6155

3601 Pacific Ave. Stockton, CA 95211
3200 Fifth Ave. Sacramento, CA 95817

EdS - Education Specialist in School Psychology

Experts in the field of educational psychology help children learn in safe, healthy and supportive environments.  Trained in both psychology and education, these professionals apply their interdisciplinary skill-set to evaluate the effectiveness of academic programs, assess students' learning abilities and partner with educators, parents, and other mental health professionals to help students reach their full potential.

Completion of the EdS - Educational Specialist in School Psychology degree usually begins in our/a master's program. The Credential enables you to practice as a school psychologist in California's public schools. The MA + EdS program requires two years of full-time coursework with corresponding fieldwork in local schools and culminates in an additional third-year internship, which is usually well paid. The EdS program at Pacific fully meets the requirements of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing for authorization for the practice of school psychology. Upon successful completion of the program, candidates are eligible to submit an application to be certified as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) with the National Association of School Psychologists.


  • If you will not have an MA degree before entering the program, please apply to the MA in Education with a concentration in Counseling Psychology or Educational Psychology and choose the Summer Session III term in the online application, as this is the only term in which the Introduction to School Psychology course is currently offered.
  •  If you have or will have an MA degree before entering the program, it is preferred that you choose the Summer Session III term in the online application. Please note this is not the only term that you may begin the program. If you would like to begin during a different term please contact Dr. Low to see which entry term will best fit your needs. 

Pacific admits students for fall and spring semesters. Admission to the master's program is a holistic decision that takes into consideration all the factors of each applicant's background and experience. For more information about the application process, please contact Graduate Admissions.
The Pupil Personnel Services Credential with the School Psychology Authorization allows individuals to provide school services in grades 12 and below. Click on the icon to learn more about the credential.
We're committed to making your education affordable. In fact, nearly 75 percent of all Pacific students receive some form of financial aid, with an average financial aid package of $22,000. We work hard to make sure that every student admitted to our program has access to the full array of loans, grants, and scholarships.
View a repository of courses and course descriptions offered at Benerd College. This list of courses will help you to understand the topics and teachings our school focuses on. View the Handbook for Specialist Level (Ed.S.) Students in School Psychology
This program only admits for a summer session III
Priority/Preferred Application Deadline: February 15thRolling Admission if space remains
Graduate Assistant Application: Begins mid-January 
Deadline to Confirm Admission to Program: April 15th


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