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What is a School Psychologist?

School psychologists primarily work in PK-12 schools helping children succeed academically, emotionally, and socially. They conduct assessments, collaborate with parents, teachers, and administrators, provide counseling, develop behavioral and academic interventions, and are sought after leaders in helping to create safe, responsive, and supportive learning environments for all children.

What are the steps to take in the application process?

There is an online application, where you will also provide one set of official transcripts, a personal statement of intent, and three letters of recommendation. Detailed information and instructions on completing each of these is included in our information packet.

When is the deadline to apply?

Priority application deadline is the first Friday of February each year. If additional slots are available, applications received through the last Friday in March may be considered. Priority deadline applicant materials are review in February and potentially invited to group interviews in early March.  The first round of admission invitations are made through the application portal in late March.  Priority application candidates extended admission offers are asked to commit to program enrollment with a deposit by April 15.  Post admission requirements are then completed prior to enrollment in first classes.

How long is the program?

We offer a complete program in three years. Each year, candidates in a single cohort begin the program together and take all coursework and graduate together. Practicum and fieldwork (internship) experiences are completed concurrently in the last two years of the program. Our programs traditionally have begun each summer.

What type of undergraduate or previous academic coursework should I have?

Successful candidates have majored in psychology, child development, education or highly similar field. Other candidates have completed prerequisite coursework in psychology (18 semester units) prior to the first class of the program.  

Is there a minimum GPA required for admission?

Generally speaking, a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required. However, there are many ways we evaluate candidates. If your overall undergraduate GPA is under 3.0 equivalency for a semester system, we do still encourage you to apply. You can request from your admissions counselor, a "Request for Exception to the GPA Requirement" form to complete, along with an accompanying statement, to add as a component in the review and evaluation of your application.

When are School Psychology classes offered?

  • The first class in the program has traditionally begun in Summer Session II, the first week of July
  • In the Fall and Spring semesters, each 3 unit class meets once a week, either from 4:30 pm to 7:00 m, or from 7:15 pm to 9:45 pm.
  • In the Summer sessions, each 3 unit class meets twice per week either from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm, or from 7:15 pm to 9:45 pm.
  • Practicum experiences in Year 2 are two full-time days per week.
  • Fieldwork experiences in Year 3 are four full-time days per week.

Will my certification apply in other states?

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 allow for appropriate planning.