Ready for the next step in your career goals? Let's get you moving through the process of obtaining a degree and certification in the field of Educational Psychology:

Step 1: Prerequisite Academic Background

Successful candidates for admission have majored or minored in psychology, child development, education, or closely related field as an undergraduate and/or pursued one of these areas in a previous master's degree. As an alternative, other successful candidates complete 18 units of undergraduate prerequisite coursework in psychology.

Step 2: Start an Application

Request program packet information if you prefer to have website information in paper format. Or, you can immediately start your application and follow the prompts. Applications are submitted electronically. Open Houses are also held throughout the year to provide in person exploration of the program. The priority application deadline is the first Friday of February for admission to the fall cohort. In the application process you will be asked for official transcripts of previous degree work; GRE scores; three letters of recommendation; and a statement of intent (2-4 pages, double-spaced) speaking to your background, experience, motivation, and characteristics that lend you to a career in school psychology. Please also see Application Steps and Program FAQ for further information.

Step 3: Participate in a Group Interview

Applicants that meet the program admission requirements in the initial paper screening of their submitted application will be contacted for participation in a group interview. The group interview is required and is scheduled during the first two weeks of March (dates TBD) for the cohort to begin in Summer Session II (first week of July).

Step 4: Receive Notification

Applicants recommended for admission as well as for waitlisted admission will be notified via email beginning in late March and continuing through April.

Step 5: Explore Financial Aid and Scholarship Opportunities

The School of Education has many scholarship and grant opportunities and the University financial aid website also lists additional opportunities.

Step 6: Enroll and Complete Program Requirements

The School Psychology and Educational Psychology program is comprised of coursework, fieldwork, and other program requirements completed upon admission. These requirements successfully meet and exceed our PK-12 partnership and accrediting organization professional standards.

Step 7: Graduate with a degree and certifications in Educational/School Psychology

At the successful completion of the three year professional program, candidates earn a Master of Arts Degree in Educational Psychology, an Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) in School Psychology, and a State of California Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Psychology.

Step 8: Ready, set, embark on school psychology career!


Per Federal Regulation 34 CFR 668.43(a)(5)(v), all LMU School of Education credential/licensure programs meet the California state requirements as specified by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) and for the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences as appropriate. The institution has not made a determination as to whether these credential, licensure, and professional preparation programs meet the requirements of states outside of California. If you are interested in practicing outside the state of California, it is recommended that you contact the respective licensing entity of that state to seek information or guidance regarding their licensure and credential requirements in advance to allowing appropriate planning.