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


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

EdD in Education – Counseling Psychology

The EdD program represents a two or three-year course of study for those who have already earned a Masters degree or a four-to-five-year course of study for those with a Bachelors degree. It is designed for students who wish to pursue a career as a mental health practitioner or for those who which to apply developmental theory to design programs that emphasize prevention and the promotion of mental health and academic success for all learners.

The  EdD program in counseling psychology at UOP is a unified and sequential program in psychology. All aspects of training -- the acquisition of scholarly knowledge, the practice, and appreciation of research skills, and the development of professional competence -- are blended. The Counseling Psychology concentration may allow the student to sit for the State Board of Psychology examination for licensure as a psychologist in the State of California. Additional coursework beyond the 18 unit concentration is required to meet the licensure requirements. Students are advised to work closely with their advisor to make sure they meet the requirements to sit for the licensure exam if that is their goal.  

Students may elect to concentrate in one or more specific areas. In order to earn a concentration, students must fulfill the general requirements, as well as specific concentration requirements. Each department offers a number of concentration options.

  • Applicant must hold a Master's degree or equivalent, preferably in a closely related field.
  • For applicants whose native language or principal language of instruction is not English, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required. Scores should not be lower than 550 on the TOEFL.
  • Cumulative Undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) should not be lower than 3.0 overall (on a 4.0 scale). No graduate-level coursework lower than 3.0. Please see additional requirements for grades in specific courses in the EdD Handbook.
  • In a Letter of Interest, the applicant should explicitly state an interest in becoming a psychological service provider. The applicant should demonstrate the ability to express thoughts and ideas clearly.
  • An interview is required before the applicant can be considered for admission. The applicant should demonstrate the following in the interview: (a) Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to listen, adapt, and address ambiguity; (b) a willingness to examine his/her own biases and assumptions as a graduate student and future professional; (c) communicate sensitivity and skill in recognizing his/her own characteristics; and (d) recognize and deal responsibly with personal strengths and weaknesses.  
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Check out the ways that our doctoral programs have enriched the lives of our alumni and what they have to say about our programs, faculty, and their experience as a doctoral student at the School of Education.
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. Click on the icon to view the EdD for Educational + School Psychology handbook. 
Priority/Preferred Application Deadline: February 15thRolling Admission if space remains
Graduate Assistant Application: Begins mid-January 

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