1 Department of Graduate & Professional Studies Eureka Hall J Street Sacramento, CA (916) Dear Prospective Student: Application Instructions for the School Psychology Program Thank you for your interest in the Graduate programs in the Department of Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) in Education. The following applications and procedures are for students interested in the following interrelated programs: 1. School Psychology (PPS) Credential (available only for individuals who already have a graduate degree) 2. School Psychology Credential (PPS), Masters of Arts (MA) in Education (School Psychology), and Specialist in Education (EdS) in School Psychology Please NOTE the following steps needed to successfully complete the application process: 1. Complete a university application for Office of Graduate Studies online only at 2. Complete a supplemental program application and submit it to the Academic and Program Services office (Eureka 401) In the process of completing the university application for The Office Graduate Studies, you will need to select your specific graduate/credential program under Enrollment Plans, Major/Program objective. Thank you again for your interest in pursuing graduate studies with our department. We hope to have the opportunity to work with you. Sincerely, Susan Heredia Department Chair Graduate and Professional Studies in Education The Fall 2015 Online University Grad School Application (CSU Mentor) Deadline is Sunday - February 1, Supplemental Program Application Packet deadline is ** Monday February 2, 2015 ** Submit your completed supplemental application packet to Eureka Hall 401
2 Application Procedures for School Psychology Admission Requirements Admission as a classified graduate student in School Psychology requires: 1. A bachelor s degree from an accredited institution 2. A minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 60 graded semester (or 90 graded quarter) units attempted 3. Have been in good academic standing at the last college attended 4. Have completed or be in the process of completing all undergraduate degree preparation (or equivalent) no later than the semester in which application for classified status is submitted. (Refer to the application form for additional prerequisites, etc.) 5. Submission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores- from the three sections of the General Test taken within five years of applying to the Ed.S. program. Sign up for the GRE early; reservations must be made for the test at least three to four weeks before the test date and your scores are not sent to you or CSUS for approximately two to five weeks after you have taken the test to insure your results are received by CSUS in time for processing, you should take the exam no later than December For dates of GRE tests given in your geographical area visit the GRE web site at: The CSUS GRE code is: institution (Please note: you must designate the institution recipient as a graduate program for the codes.) Because ETS changed the General GRE verbal and quantitative scoring system beginning Fall 2011, it is not possible to give target or competitive GRE scores at this time (we have no minimum ). NOTE: Although the GRE is not a requirement for admittance, it is strongly recommended. University Application Requirements CSU MENTOR APPLICATION FOR GRADUATE SCHOOL ADMISSION: Applicants not currently attending Sacramento State, Sacramento State graduating seniors, and Sacramento State students completing a master s degree or second bachelor s degree must complete and submit the CSU application for graduate school admission online at: no later than February 1, The $55.00 non-refundable application fee must be paid online at the time the application is submitted. IMPORTANT TIPS: When completing enrollment information on the application, indicate the following: Major/Program Objective from one of the following: Special Ed. Education Specialist (Ed. S. in School Psychology) Credential Objective : PPS SchPsych Complete the rest of the online graduate school application. Once you pay the fee and click the submit button, print the page that reads, CSU Sacramento Graduate Application Agreement Statement. Submit this page with your School Psychology Program Application packet. TRANSCRIPTS needed for graduate school application (for non-sac State students): Non-Sac State students: One (1) set of official transcripts (sealed) from all community colleges, colleges, and universities attended. Submit this set of transcripts directly to the Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) no later than February 1, Office of Graduate Studies, CSUS 6000 J Street Riverfront Center 215 Sacramento, CA Or, you can deliver official sealed transcripts to the OGS in the River Front Center, room 215. Sac State students: If you graduated/are graduating from Sacramento State, you DO NOT need submit any additional transcripts to OGS unless you attended another college after you graduated. Degrees from foreign countries: Applicants with degrees from outside of the United States must read and follow the instructions at this website, or call OGS at (916) Foreign documents/transcripts must be sent directly from your University and must be received by OGS no later than JANUARY 1, 2015.
3 Supplemental Program Application Requirements 1. PREREQUISITES: Have completed or be in the process of completing all undergraduate degree preparation (or equivalent) no later than the semester in which application for classified status is submitted. (Refer to the application form for additional prerequisites, etc.) 2. GRE SCORES: Submission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores- from the three sections of the General Test taken within five years of applying to the Ed.S. program. Sign up for the GRE early; reservations must be made for the test at least three to four weeks before the test date and your scores are not sent to you or CSUS for approximately two to five weeks after you have taken the test to insure your results are received by CSUS in time for processing, you should take the exam no later than December For dates of GRE tests given in your geographical area visit the GRE web site at: The CSUS GRE code is: institution (Please note: you must designate the institution recipient as a graduate program for the codes.) Because ETS changed the General GRE verbal and quantitative scoring system beginning Fall 2011, it is not possible to give target or competitive GRE scores at this time (we have no minimum ). NOTE: Although the GRE is not a requirement for admittance, it is strongly recommended. 3. PERSONAL DATA: Provide current address, phone numbers, and address. If you moving during the application process call (916) with any address and/or phone number changes. 4. UNDERGRADUATE PREPARATION PROOF OF COMPLETION: Complete this section by indicating your undergraduate degree and the date it was (or will be) awarded. Then indicate the courses or classes that you believe fulfill the CSUS, School Psychology Program prerequisite requirements. Please note that equivalent course work and work experiences can be accepted for all program prerequisites. Attach transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) or evidence that you are currently enrolled in these courses. Your application will not be processed without this information 5. CALIFORNIA BASIC EDUCATION SKILLS TEST (CBEST): Although successful completion of this test is not required for admission into the School Psychology Program, applicants are required to provide evidence that they are registered to take the exam. Successful completion of the CBEST is required of all credential candidates prior to enrolling in any fieldwork experience and to be fully admitted into the program. Students admitted without the CBEST are expected to present a photocopy of test scores to the College of Education Student Support, Eureka 401, office within the first semester. Passing this test is required of all persons applying for any and all California teaching credentials (including the PPS credential). 6. TRANSCRIPTS TO BE SUBMITTED WITH THE PROGRAM APPLICATION PACKET: Submit one set of official transcripts from all other junior colleges, colleges, and universities attended, including any colleges you are currently attending (including Sacramento State). 7. RESUME: Complete all applicable sections of the resume that apply. Please note that we distinguish between paid and unpaid work experiences, as well as training received both within and outside of academic programs. It is highly recommended that you also include your own resume. 8. LIST OF REFERENCES: List the names, titles, organizations, and phone numbers of the three (3) persons from whom you are requesting letters of recommendation. This list enables us to address any questions or concerns that may arise regarding the letters of recommendation that are submitted as a part of the application. 9. WRITTEN STATEMENT: Please submit an appropriate written statement from one of two required questions (provided below). This statement must reflect an understanding of the profession of school psychology and must exemplify strong written communication skills. This statement should be approximately 500 words and must be typed and double-spaced. 10. LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION: Submit three letters of recommendation. Persons writing letters of recommendation should be familiar with your academic work (your ability to complete graduate level course work) and/or your professional capabilities (in particular your ability to work with school age youth and in a school environment). Previous and current professors, teachers, instructors, supervisors, and employers are all appropriate. Use the cover sheet for each letter that can be found online. 11. APPLICATION CHECKLIST: Use this checklist to make sure you are submitting a complete packet. Sign, date, and include it as your cover page to your application. Again, all documents must be received by the School Psychology Program office by 4:00PM, Monday - February 2, 2015.
4 Complete Application Packets The School Psychology Program supplemental application packet should be submitted no later than 4:00PM, Monday - February 2, 2015 to: California State University, Sacramento College of Education ATTN: School Psychology Program Admission (EUREKA HALL, 401) 6000 J Street Sacramento, CA Screening Procedures The Office of Graduate Studies (River Front Center, Room 206) does a preliminary check for completion of minimum university requirements. Your University Application for Admission is then forwarded to the Department of Graduate and Professional Studies in Education. After the posted deadline, School Psychology Program applications are reviewed for completion of all undergraduate preparation, GPA, and applicable test scores. Files are then submitted to a school psychology faculty panel for initial screening. Those applicants who pass the initial screening will be contacted, via , as soon as possible (typically by mid-march) regarding a required interview. Applicants will be asked to complete a spontaneous writing sample at the time of the interview. This writing sample will be part of the evidence used to determine if a candidate will be admitted to the School Psychology Program. All students will then be advised, in writing, regarding their admission status. This process is completed as soon as possible (but typically no more than within 8 weeks following the closing date for applications and applicants considering invitations to join other programs are encouraged to contact the School Psychology Program with questions regarding their admission status). Students are occasionally admitted conditionally, which means that there are certain contingencies that must be met before admission will be permanent (e.g., completing prerequisites, passing the CBEST). The program retains the right to revoke any student s admission if such contingencies are not met within the agreed-upon time frame. Financial Aid Applications for financial aid should be completed and submitted online: The school code is: Financial Aid counselors are available at (916) , and are located in Lassen Hall, Room The School Psychology Program does not handle Financial Aid information. Please note: Students may submit Financial Aid applications prior to being admitted to either the University or the School Psychology Program. Check with the Financial Aid Office for their application deadline date.
5 Department of Graduate & Professional Studies School Psychology Supplemental Program Application Fall 2015 Submit no later than February 2, 2015 Personal Information: Mr. Ms. Dr. Last Name First M I Previous Last Name Student ID Mailing Address: Street: City: State: Zip: Permanent Address: Street: City: State: Zip: Primary phone # Alternative Phone #. Ethnicity (optional): Language(s) spoken fluently: Preferred Area of Specialization School Psychology PPS Credential, MA in Education (School Psychology), and EdS Degree School Psychology (PPS) Credential only (no graduate degree, for students who already have a graduate degree) Proof of Completion of Undergraduate Preparation Bachelor s Degree Major: Minor: Institution and Location: Graduation Date: Other Degrees Held (degree): Major: Institution and Location: Graduation Date:
6 Pre-Requisite Requirements For each prerequisite requirement, indicate course number (e.g. EDS 140), semester completed (or anticipated date of completion) and where taken. Transcripts must be included. Applications will not be processed without this information. Requirement Course Semester/Year University Abnormal Psychology (e.g., PSYCH 168) Educ of Exceptional Children (e.g., EDS 100A/B or EDUC 100A/B) Intro to Behavioral Stats (e.g., PSYC 101) Introduction to Counseling (e.g., EDC 170 or EDUC 155) Power, Privilege & Self Identity (e.g., EDC 171 or EDUC 156) Tutoring Children Reading (e.g., EDTE 103 or EDUC 125) -OR- Teaching/Tutoring experience deemed equivalent (consult with a School Psychology advisor) California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST) (provide verification) I have/will fulfill this requirement by: CBEST: Date passed CBEST: registered to take the exam on Graduate Record Exam (GRE; provide verification) NOTE: Although the GRE is not a requirement for admittance, it is strongly recommended. Date(s) Taken: Verbal Reasoning ( ): Psychology ( , optional): Quantitative Reasoning ( ): Analytical Writing (0-6): Academic Preparation: List all colleges and/or universities attended starting with the most recent. Include one set of all transcripts with the departmental application. Name of Institution Location (City/State) Level (Graduate/Undergraduate) Resume: Complete all the following sections that apply to you. Please see notes in Application Procedures. It is highly recommended that you also include a personal resume with your application.
7 LICENSES/CERTIFICATES/CREDENTIALS/ PRESENTLY HELD Date Name Granting Institution/Organization WORK EXPERIENCE - Related Professional/Paid Work Experience Dates (to/from) Institution/Location Description of Responsibility UNRELATED PAID WORK EXPERIENCE Dates (to/from) Institution/Location Description of Responsibility PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS Dates (to/from) Institution/Location Committee Work / Offices Held INTERNSHIPS/APPRENTICESHIPS/PRACTICA/VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE Dates (to/from) Institution/Location Description of Responsibility
8 Educational Experience/Qualifications Dates To/From Institution/Location Major/Minor Degree Received GPA Academic Awards/Honors Date Institution/Location Description Related Workshops Attended Date Institution/Location Description References: Please identify three individuals from whom we will receive letters of recommendation. Print attached cover sheet for each letter Name/Title Organization/Institution Phone Written Statement Please select ONE of the two questions below and attach a double-spaced, type written essay of approximately 500 words/2 pages. Also be sure to sign and date below. Please remember this statement will be used as part of the evidence (written communication skills) when determining admission to the program. 1. What characteristics do you believe you currently possess that will enable you to succeed in the School Psychology Program and in the field of school psychology? 2. What experiences or factors have led you to your decision to apply to the School Psychology Program?
9 California State University, Sacramento College of Education, Graduate and Professional Studies in Education 6000 J Street Eureka Hall 401 Sacramento, CA (916) (916) FAX Applicant s Name: Fall 2015 Letter of Recommendation Cover Sheet for the School Psychology Program TO THE EVALUATOR: the above named applicant is seeking admission to a graduate level program that trains persons to assume responsible roles in the helping professions. Please provide what evidence you have regarding any or all of the following: The applicant s 1. Ability to succeed at graduate level academics 2. Emotional stability and ability to attend to the needs of others 3. dependability, responsibility, morality and ethics The completed form and letter of recommendation must be received by 4:00PM, Monday - February 2, Letters may be mailed directly to the department or may be submitted by the student as part of the admission packet. Letters can be mailed to: California State University, Sacramento Department of Graduate and Professional Studies in Education ATTN: School Psychology Program Admission (EUREKA HALL 401) 6000 J Street Sacramento, CA Evaluators Name: Title: Organization: Phone Number: Address: Relationship to Applicant: How long have you know this applicant: Please attach a letter of recommendation to this cover sheet Evaluator s Signature: Date:
10 CHECKLIST FOR THE SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAM APPLICATION PACKET Please organize your application packet in the order of this checklist. For specific details on a specific item, refer to the detailed Application Instructions. Supplemental Program Application California Basic Educational Skills Test Requirement (CBEST): Submit proof of how you are completing/have completed this requirement, i.e., photocopy of test registration and/or photocopy of score reports. Graduate Record Exam (GRE): Submit proof of your scores on this test. Transcripts: Submit with this application packet, one set of OFFICIAL transcripts from ALL colleges attended (including Sacramento State). List College/Universities attended (please indicate in mailed seprately) NOTE: The Office of Graduate Studies will need their own set of official transcripts from all colleges attended, if you are NOT a current Sac State student or did not graduate from Sac State. Three Reference Letters (including cover sheet) List Names of Recommenders (please indicate in mailed seprately) Written Statement Resume (optional, but encouraged) University Graduate School Application Verification: Once you submit the online grad school application through CSUmentor, printout and submit with this program application packet a photocopy of the Graduate Application Agreement Statement as proof of submitting the grad school application. Official Transcripts: Mailed separately to the Office of Graduate Studies Checklist (this sheet). MAKE A PHOTOCOPY (for your records) of all application documents before submitting the application packet. FAXED applications cannot be accepted. COMPLETE APPLICATIONS CAN BE MAILED TO: California State University, Sacramento College of Education ATTN: School Psychology Program Admission (EUREKA HALL, 401) 6000 J Street Sacramento, CA Please note: Applications must be receive no later than 4:00PM, Monday - February 2, 2015 (Postmark date is acceptable as meeting submission deadline providing application is complete). OFFICE USE ONLY: Accepted by: Date: Calculated GPA:
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