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Attallah College of Educational Studies

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» Ed.S. in School Psychology

The Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) Program in School Psychology is for candidates who wish to work as school psychologists with children from preschool through high school. Chapman University's School Psychology program prepares students to perform a variety of tasks including assessment for intervention, mental health counseling, behavior management, and consultation with teachers and parents.

The school psychology degree program builds on the mission of the Donna Ford Attallah College of Educational Studies by seeking to prepare knowledgeable, skilled and reflective school psychologists who are effective change agents for individuals, families, communities and institutions.

The Ed.S school psychology program at Chapman is fully approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the International School Psychology Association (ISPA). The curriculum is built on the NASP Domains of Training and Practice as well as eight “big ideas”:

  • Collaboration
  • Oral Communication
  • Self-reflection and tolerance for complexity and ambiguity
  • Written Communication
  • Commitment to service and advocacy
  • Building solutions for children through an appreciation of their strengths and resources
  • Understanding children both as individuals and as participants in systems
  • Time management and organizational skills

The application deadline for the next cohort (Fall 2021) is February 1, 2021.

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Program at a Glance

  • Low student-to-faculty ratio, with close collaboration between students and faculty on research, publications and presentations.
  • Study abroad opportunities
  • Tuition assistance and scholarships available
  • Approved by NASP since 2005. A graduate of a NASP-approved program is automatically eligible to become a nationally certified school psychologist (NCSP), pending documentation of an internship consistent with NASP standards and attainment of a passing score on the national school psychology (PRAXIS II) examination.
  • One cohort with entry either in summer or fall semester.
  • A 69-unit program that can be completed in 3 years of full-time study or 4 years of part-time study.
  • 600 hours of practicum and 1,200 hours of internship for a total of 1,800 hours of fieldwork.
  • Dual degree program plus credential. Students can earn a MA in Educational Psychology after two years and an Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) in School Psychology after three years. Students also earn the California Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Psychology at the same time as the Ed.S. Degree.
  • It is strongly recommended that all incoming School Psychology students take (and pass) the CBEST prior to starting the program. If necessary, students will have until the end of their first fall semester to complete the CBEST requirement.
  • Option for an emphasis in Professional Clinical Counseling, which fulfills the educational requirements for the California license as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).
  • Option to apply for the Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in School Psychology.

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)

Within the Attallah College of Educational Studies, the additional coursework required to meet the educational requirement for the LPCC is embedded into two new emphases:

  • MA in Counseling with an emphasis in Professional Clinical Counseling
  • MA in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Professional Clinical Counseling

The license in professional clinical counseling is a master’s level license regulated by the Board of Behavioral Science Examiners (BBSE), the same state agency that controls licensing for Marriage and Family Therapists, and Licensed Clinical Social Workers. LPCC license holders can practice counseling and psychotherapy outside the schools in private practice or clinic settings. 

For more information about the Attallah College LPCC programs, including required coursework and hours, visit the LPCC FAQs and info page.

For more information and application materials related to LPCC licensure, please contact the Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Admissions Requirements

  • Submit an online application
  • A statement of intent, the prompt can be found within the application.
  • A current resume or curriculum vita that includes information on experiences working with children and/or families.
  • One set of official transcripts from all institutions the applicant has received (or will be receiving) a degree from. 
  • Official GRE Scores.
  • Please note that passing one of the Basic Skills Requirements is not required for admission to the School Psychology program. However, admitted students will be required to turn in documentation of having passed before beginning practicum fieldwork.
  • Two letters of recommendation are required. One recommendation must be from someone who has experience with the candidate in an academic setting and knowledge of the candidate’s academic potential. The second recommendation should be from someone who knows the candidate in a work setting, preferably one where the candidate works with children.
  • $60 application fee.

The application deadline (including all required materials) for the Fall 2021 cohort is February 1, 2021.

Supporting documents may be mailed to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Chapman University
One University Dr.
Orange, CA 92866

Chapman Institution Code: 4047

Please contact the Attallah College Admissions Specialist for more information:

Hilary Anderson
Administrative Coordinator
(714) 744-2142

Fieldwork and Graduation Requirements

  • 69-unit program can be completed in 3 years of full-time study or 4 years of part-time study.
  • 600 hours of practicum and 1,200 hours of internship for a total of 1,800 hours of fieldwork.
Fieldwork Requirements
  • Signed Chapman University Fieldwork Clearance Packet
  • Met one of the Basic Skills Requirements
  • TB Test (screening or test)
  • Certificate of Clearance or 30-day substitute permit
Graduation Requirements
  • PASS Praxis Exam (5402-School Psychologist)
  • Program Exit Interview

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Program Faculty and Staff

Program Director, School Counseling and School Psychology Programs 

Program Coordinator, School Counseling and LPCC Programs 


Program Staff 

Chapman University Association of School Psychologists (CUASP)

Chapman University and the National Association of School Psychologists recognized the university’s first school psychology student association in 2008.

The Chapman University Association of School Psychologists (CUASP) unites the students in various stages of the program and serves as a medium for mentoring, peer support, and networking for practicum and internship sites. 

The mission of both NASP and CUASP is to promote educationally and psychologically healthy environments for all children and youth by implementing research-based and effective programs that prevent problems, enhance independence and promote optimal learning. This is accomplished through state-of-the art research and training, advocacy, ongoing program evaluation, and caring professional service.

Visit the Chapman University Association of School Psychologists (CUASP) website.

International Projects

The graduate programs in Counseling and School Psychology have sponsored short-term travel courses in Guatemala, Cambodia, and Vietnam. These study abroad programs afford students practical experience and allow them to provide more culturally competent services to families from these areas that are living and learning in California.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Chapman University located?

Chapman University is located in the City Orange, California, near historic Old Towne Orange. Our beautiful campus is centrally located in Orange County, a short distance from the 5, 55, 22, and 91 freeways.

When are Chapman's Ed.S. in School Psychology class held?

In order to accommodate fieldwork in the schools, all classes are held in the late afternoon and evenings, between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Is the GRE test required? Are there cut off scores for the GRE test?

Yes, the GRE test is required. There are no cut off scores for the GRE test when applying for the Ed.S. in School Psychology program. The faculty consider each applicant’s GRE scores in context with the rest of their application.

What is the committee looking for when reviewing the applications?

The School Psychology faculty take a holistic approach when reviewing the applications and they look at every required piece of documentation. The faculty are seeking to create the best cohort of students who bring a diverse mix of strengths and experiences. When completing your application, be sure to help the faculty to see your strengths (e.g., years of experience in education? Currently working with individuals with exceptional needs? Very high GPA/GRE?), and address any weaker areas if possible (e.g., my grades weren’t as strong my first year in college due to x,y,z, but greatly improved once I…). 

Can I apply for the program at any time?

The School Psychology program at Chapman only admits one cohort per year. We hold on-campus interviews within a few weeks of the application deadline and make admissions decisions shortly afterward and select a cohort that will begin their coursework that summer or fall.

How many students do you admit annually?

We admit one cohort per year, consisting of about 20 students. The admission rate changes annually with the number of applications received.

What is the cost of the program?

Tuition for the 2020–2021 academic year is $1,025/credit.
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How many graduate units can be transferred upon acceptance into the school psychology program?

Per university policy, a maximum of six semester credits (2 courses) can be transferred into graduate programs. All transfer credits must be approved by the school psychology program coordinator. For more information on the policy, please see Chapman University’s Graduate Catalog. 

Can undergraduate classes take the place of graduate courses offered in the program?

No, upon approval of the program coordinator only a maximum of 6 units of graduate units can be transferred into the program.

Do I have to have an undergraduate degree in psychology?

No. Our students come from a variety of educational backgrounds. The vast majority have degrees in psychology, human or child development, sociology, or education. However, we have had successful students complete the program with a wide variety of undergraduate areas of study. If your academic background is in a completely different field (e.g., Chemistry), we strongly recommend that you complete some additional college level coursework in general psychology, child development, and/or education.

What is the Praxis School Psychology test?

To receive national certification under the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) standards (I.e., to become a Nationally Certified School Psychologist or NCSP), a student must pass praxis exam. This is also a graduation requirement of our program, and is typically taken during the final year of study. Please see the Praxis Study Companion file for more detailed information about the Praxis School Psychology test.

Does the Ed.S. program in School Psychology prepare me to work as a school psychologist?

Yes, students who successfully complete the Ed.S. Program are eligible for the PPS credential in school psychology in California. 

How long will it take me to complete this program?

Most students finish the Ed.S. program in 3 years. There is also a course sequence for part-time students that takes 4 years. Although it is not required, many students elect to take summer courses to lighten their course load during the academic year. 

Are students paid for their school psychology internship hours?

During their time in our program, students complete at least 600 hours of school psychology practicum (during 2nd year of program) and 1,200 hours of school psychology internship (3rd year of program). As these fieldwork assignments are completed within local school districts, there is a lot of variation regarding pay. Some internships are paid (via salary, hourly wage, or stipend), and some are not. The number of available paid internships varies annually.

What if I have a question about an admission decision?

Please follow the steps below:

  1. Any applicant who wishes to inquire about or to appeal an admission decision made by the Counseling or School Psychology program at the Attallah College of Educational Studies may contact the program administrative assistant in writing at leath@chapman.edu. If the student wishes to submit a formal written grievance, this must be received by leath@chapman.edu within 10 days of admissions decision. Once the written grievance has been received it will be forwarded to the program coordinator, who will review documentation with the admissions committee and respond in writing to the candidate.
  2. If the student wishes to further grieve the response, they may do so in writing to leath@chapman.edu within 10 days of grievance response. At this point, the applicant's file (including candidate’s application package and review scores) will be forwarded to the program coordinator and a meeting will be arranged with the applicant to review applicant documents and program decision.
  3. Should the applicant desire to file a formal grievance, a written appeal should be sent within five working days to the Attallah College Associate Dean of Graduate Education or Dean. The Associate Dean or Dean will confer with the applicant and meet with the program coordinator and faculty if appropriate. Within 10 business days of meeting with the Associate Dean or Dean, the applicant will receive a formal written statement indicating the college’s decision. 

Does adding the LPCC emphasis make me eligible to work in private practice?

Students who add on the LPCC coursework complete the academic requirements to become a LPCC, but they still must complete the mandatory post-graduation fieldwork hours and licensure exam.

For more information about Attallah's LPCC program, including required coursework and hours, visit the Attallah LPCC FAQs and info page.

How do I receive more information?

The Attallah College of Educational Studies offers monthly graduate information sessions. These sessions are great opportunities to obtain further information about the program and meet with the program coordinator.

To request further information about Chapman University's graduate programs, please complete the form at the link below so that the Office of Graduate Admission can send you more information about life as a Panther.
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Hayley Taitz Endowed Fellowship Giving Page

Hayley Taitz shown in London

Hayley Taitz was an exceptional graduate student in the Educational Specialist Degree Program in School Psychology at Chapman University. Throughout her time as a student, Hayley was clearly dedicated to helping youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families as they navigate the educational system. This fund will support graduate students who are dedicated to serving children with disabilities and their families in the community – just like Hayley.

Support the Hayley Taitz Endowed Fellowship fund.


Gifts to the Attallah College of Educational Studies allow us to support the vast array of diverse educational projects including our various literacy programs, scholarships to our deserving students, international travel opportunities for research, and multiple campaigns that promote education and civic engagement throughout our immediate community and the world. 

To find out how you can give to the school and support the work our students are doing, please visit our Support Attallah College page. Every dollar helps! 

Contact Us

Dr. Kelly Kennedy
Program Director
(714) 744-7944

Hilary Anderson
Administrative Coordinator
(714) 744-2142

Information Session

To learn more about the Attallah College School Psychology graduate program, please register for an Information Session.

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Student Spotlight

“I chose Chapman’s School Psychology program because of its great reputation for preparing students. The professors come with a great amount of experience and knowledge, which has helped me to excel and feel confident within the program.”

– Emily Rivera ’19