- Why are your prerequisites so specific?
- You are the only school that asks for these prerequisites; why do you require the prerequisites that you do?
- Why do you require the GRE or the MAT?
- Do you accept the GMAT instead?
- What score are you looking for in the GRE or MAT? What is the cut-off score?
- I have less than a 3.0 GPA, can I still apply?
- Do my letters of recommendation have to come from faculty/professors?
- I haven't been in a school for quite a few years, I am an older applicant, do I still need to take the GRE or MAT, or can I waive the test through experience?
- I already have a master's degree; do I still need to take the GRE or MAT?
- Why don't you have admission advisors?
- I think I have already taken those prerequisites or I have had similar classes; how do I know if I have taken them?
- Can someone go through my transcripts for me?
- When do you accept applications?
- Can I apply for winter or spring admission?
- How many applicants do you accept?
- How many people apply to your program?
- What accreditations and credentialing do you have?
- I applied last year, how long do you keep my information? Do I need to resubmit everything?
- I applied last year and had my test scores sent to you directly from the testing company; do you keep a copy?
- Do you offer the PPS School Counseling or PPS School Psychology credential alone?
- I already have a Master's degree and I just want the credential, can I just take the classes I am missing for the credential?
- How long is your program?
We have specific prerequisites in order to be assured that our students have a core knowledge base upon entering the program. The prerequisites assure us that students have the background to be successful in the program and in the field.
You are the only school that asks for these prerequisites; why do you require the prerequisites that you do?
We ask that all our students have the same core knowledge. This helps us to avoid review and remediation in a graduate program.
These are standardized exams that serve as a common measure for all of our students. Some schools have higher GPAs than other schools, the standardized exam provides us with a common measure that is equal for all students.
We accept only the GRE or the MAT.
There is no cut-off score. Our assessment of applicants is holistic and involves looking at GPA, test scores, personal statement, the interview, and letters of recommendation. We are looking for individuals who will make excellent professionals who advocate for all youth.
A GPA less than 3.0 has drawbacks. You can still apply but please recognize that the program is competitive. If, however, you have a 4.0 in all your prerequisite courses, please point that out in your application.
At least one letter should come from someone who is able to talk about your capacity as a student.
I haven't been in a school for quite a few years, I am an older applicant, do I still need to take the GRE or MAT, or can I waive the test through experience?
You would have to take the GRE or the MAT regardless of your experience or age.
We require a GRE or MAT for all applicants. A master's degree does however indicate academic promise.
We provide open group advising to discuss the application process. We reserve our office hours for candidates admitted to the program in order to assure them of the best possible support.
I think I have already taken those prerequisites or I have had similar classes; how do I know if I have taken them?
Compare the courses you have taken to those that are listed in the CSUEB catalog. If you think your courses meet the specific prerequisite, send a copy of the name of the course and description from the CSUEB catalog along with a copy of the name of the course and description from your college's catalog to the School Counseling or School Psychology Program Coordinator.
We do not have the personnel to offer transcript reviews.
We admit students in cohorts that begin in the fall term only.
30 candidates are admitted each year; approximately 15 in School Counseling and 15 in School Psychology.
The number of applicants varies year to year, but we typically have over a 2:1 ratio in applicants to those admitted.
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, and the National Association of School Psychology
Applications are held for one year only. If you are re-applying, please do the following:
- include a short letter stating that you are re-applying and wish to have last year's application reviewed.
- complete a new application form with updated information.
- Recommendations, personal statements, and test scores, submitted one year prior, can be reviewed at applicants' requests.
I applied last year and had my test scores sent to you directly from the testing company; do you keep a copy?
We keep application files, including scores, for one year, to be reviewed when applicants re-apply and request that last year's application be reviewed.
No, currently we only offer credentials to candidates who complete the entire graduate degree program.
I already have a Master's degree and I just want the credential, can I just take the classes I am missing for the credential?
Currently we only offer credentials to candidates who complete the entire graduate degree program. We do not have a "credential-only" program.
School Counseling is two years. School Psychology is three years; the third year involves working as a School Psychology Intern full time in the schools and attending a supervision course one day per week.