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Admissions Requirements and How to Apply

School Psychology (Ed.S.)

Please note that due to a recent change in the California State University application system, applicants may experience technical issues when applying to our program.  In order to save you time and frustration, please thoroughly read the instructions below before beginning the application process.

  1. Begin your Cal State Apply application. Please note: there are two steps you can bypass in this application.
  • You may skip the Transcript Entry section of the Academic History section of this Application by selecting, "I am Not Adding Any College Transcripts."
  • You are not required to enter your GPA.  Please click, "add GPA" and then "I don't have a GPA to add" and continue with your application.
  • You may forgo entering a Statement of Purpose and simply type, "Sent directly to department," in this field.  You will upload essays and statements later in the SDSU Supplemental Program application.
  • For more details on completing Cal State Apply, please view the Graduate Application Tutorial.

If you are still experiencing difficulties once you have reviewed the tutorial, please contact our support staff immediately at

How to Apply

  1. Cal State Apply University Application: Complete the University application at

    Are you having trouble with the Cal State Apply application?  If so email right away for assistance.

  2. GRE exam & request official transcript(s): Take the GRE exam and request official transcript(s) to be sent to SDSU Graduate Admissions:

    Graduate Admissions
    SDSU - Enrollment Services
    5500 Campanile Dr.
    San Diego, CA 92182-7416

    If you attended SDSU as an undergraduate student, then we do NOT require official transcripts from SDSU.  We have access to this information.

    Electronic Transcript Formats
    SDSU accepts electronic transcripts in PDF or EDI format.  

    Transcripts must be sent by the Institution
    When requesting an electronic transcript you can choose San Diego State University on the selection menu or have them sent to:  SDSU will not accept transcripts emailed from students.

  3. Program Application: The link to this program application will be available within the Cal State Apply application, but you can also access it with the Program Application button below: 

    If you know that you will be applying to the School Psychology program, please email your name, email address and RED ID to so that we can keep you informed and support you through these changes in the application process.

Items Requested in Program Application

Please gather the items below and have them ready to upload to the Program application:

  1. Personal Statement : Write a separate personal statement responding to each of the following two prompts; the 3rd one is optional.  Please type the question at the top of the document and format with double-spacing, 12 point font and at least one-inch margins.  Use a maximum of two pages for your answer to each prompt.  Keep in mind that we consider these statements representative of the quality of your potential work in the program.

    Prompt #1:  The mission of our program is to prepare school psychologists who will be change-agents in multi-cultural schools. Given your knowledge and range of experiences, if you could change one thing in the schools, what would that be? Why? How do you think you might go about creating this change?

    Prompt #2:  In what ways will your cultural identity and/or life experiences / background (for example, ethnicity, disability status, race, geographic origins, gender, class) impact your effectiveness as a school psychologist in multicultural schools? Specifically address how these experiences and/or backgrounds will (a) facilitate AND (b) impede or constrain your effectiveness with students, teachers, families, staff and administrators.

    Prompt #3 (optional):  If you feel that your full application materials inadequately reflect your (a) academic, (b) professional, (c) interpersonal and/or (d) cross-cultural readiness for our program you may add a two-page description of you experience, knowledge, skills and/or predispositions that underpin your readiness in one or more of these areas. Note: do not repeat information from your Experience Profile (Required item 2 for this application) or other essays.

  2. Experience Profile Complete your experience profile using the Experience Profile Template (Word Document).

  3. CBEST Exam: It is highly recommended that you take the CBEST before beginning the program. The CBEST must be passed before you graduate the program (in Year 4) or earlier (in Year 3) if your Internship school district requires it. However, it is not required that you take and pass the CBEST prior to applying. If you choose to wait to take the exam, you may indicate so in the Program application. If you have taken and passed the CBEST exam, you will need to upload your passing score sheet into the Program application. For more information about registering for this exam, visit the CBEST website.  

  4. TB Test: You do not need to obtain the results of a negative TB test prior to applying, but you must submit them prior to the start of the program.  You may indicate your intent to provide a negative TB test at a later date by choosing, "I will provide a verification of a negative TB test prior to beginning the program," in the appropriate section of the Program application.  These results must be current from within the past four years. You can go to your medical doctor or a local clinic to get this done.

  5. Unofficial Transcripts: Download unofficial transcripts (or scan a paper transcript) for every institution, one file per institution, and be prepared to upload to the online program application.  This is in addition to, not a substitution for, having official transcripts sent to SDSU Graduate Admissions office.

  6. Certificate of Clearance: Apply for your Certificate of Clearance.  You do not need to obtain your Certificate of Clearance prior to applying to the program.  However, it is required prior to the start of your first year.  If you choose to wait to obtain your Certificate of Clearance, you may indicate, "I will provide a valid California Certificate of Clearance prior to the start of the program," in the Program application.  

    More directions on this process can be found on the School of Teacher Education's Certificate of Clearance webpage.  Follow the directions for applying to the Certificate of Clearance. The Emergency Teaching Permit does not apply to this program.

  7. Letters of Recommendation: Contact three individuals who you have interacted with both personally and professionally and would be able to write a letter of recommendation for you. Please request that they write their letter and have it ready for when the system is available since they will be needed quickly. Recommenders will submit their letters directly into the Online Program Application.


The School Psychology Program will be conducting interviews on Saturday, February 24, 2018.


If you are having trouble with the Cal State Apply application, please contact  If you have questions about the program, visit the School Psychology Homepage or contact

Important Dates for Fall 2018 Admissions

Item DueDue Date
Cal State Apply application
(opens October 1, 2017)
December 15, 2017
Program application
December 22, 2017*
Letters of Recommendation due  January 12, 2018
Transcripts and GRE scores due
January 12, 2018
InterviewsFebruary 24, 2018
* Note: This deadline was recently extended from Dec 15th to Dec 22nd.

School Psychology Cal State Apply Tutorial

Interfolio Program Application Tutorial 

About Admissions

We conduct admissions annually, beginning our review of applications January 12 for the following summer. We use equitable admissions criteria where different (from the traditional) criteria are applied equally to all applicants:

Academic Readiness

Psychology major or substantial related coursework, strong undergraduate record, quality of application essays. SDSU Graduate Division requires a GPA of 2.8 in the last 60 semester-units; the GRE general tests are required but there are no cutoff scores.

Professional Readiness

Experience with children, youth, and/or schools; familiarity with the profession; interpersonal skills and leadership; knowledge of special and/or bilingual education programs.

Interpersonal Readiness

Excellent skills in listening, collaborating, leading, building trust with others, expressing feelings, managing conflict; appropriate assertiveness; accepting and using feedback; flexibility and openness to new ideas; awareness of impact on others; accepting personal responsibility.

Cross-Cultural Readiness

Depth and/or breadth of cultural knowledge or experiences, culture-focused or multicultural courses, proficiency in a language in addition to English, immersions or international study.

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