School Psychology - Initial Licensure Preparation Program

Initial School Psychology Licensure Preparation Program


Approved by Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) and accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)


The Initial School Psychology Licensure Preparation Program is designed for men and women who desire graduate study and preparation for the school counseling profession who already hold a master's or doctoral degree in a mental health field (e.g., counseling, social work, marriage and family therapy, psychology and/or psychiatry).

Student Learning Outcomes Objectives

Graduates will:

  • Demonstrate and articulate an identity as professional school psychologist including foundations, models, methods, public policy, ethical, professional and legal standards
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to collect data in a variety of areas for service and evaluate outcomes with cultural competence and relevance to age birth to 21 years.
  • Demonstrate knowledge, methods, and application of behavioral, mental health, collaborative and other consultation models
  • Demonstrate the personal awareness, theoretical knowledge, including human learning processes, and clinical skills needed to provide multi-culturally sensitive prevention, intervention, collaboration and consultation
  • Effectively consult and collaborate with parents and guardians, teachers, administrators, and other school and community members
  • Demonstrate reflective and ethical decision making grounded in the knowledge of relevant legal and ethical codes as well as in an examination of personal values
  • Effectively work with information sources and technology to advocate for all students, and to evaluate and improve quality of services
  • Apply relevant research, statistics and evaluation methods in the practice of school psychology
  • Demonstrate the College of Education Conceptual Framework to Think Critically, Transform Practice, and Promote Justice  
  • Articulate how personal faith informs one’s identity and practice as a professional school psychologist

Admission Requirements

  • Master's or doctoral degree in the mental health field from a regionally accredited institution. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above is required. 
  • Completed Application Form at
  • $40 non-refundable application fee
  • Résumé of work and/or volunteer experience
  • Written admission statement addressing the question provided in the Application Form
  • One academic reference form and one professional reference form
  • An official transcript from each college or university attended
  • Group interview with the Admissions Committee. An invitation will be extended to those meeting initial program criteria.
The Admissions Committee will consider each application item and the Group Interview as part of the admissions decision. 

Additional requirements for international students are online here

Transcripts of previous graduate work and supportive documentation will be evaluated by the GDC faculty committee to verify completion of the following prerequisite courses:

Prerequisite Coursework (43 hours)
GCEP 500 Introduction to Couple and Family Therapy 3
GCEP 501 Principles and Techniques of Counseling 3
GCEP 502 Clinical Practicum 3
GCEP 510 Human Growth and Development 3
GCEP 520 Personality and Counseling Theory 3
GCEP 543 The Exceptional Child 3
GCEP 544 Academic Assessment 4
GCEP 545 Cognitive Assessment 4
GCEP 546 Test and Measurement 3
GCEP 547 Personality and Behavioral Assessment 4
GCEP 550 Group Theory and Therapy  3
GCEP 551 Program Evaluation Research Designs 2
GCEP 566 Research Methods and Statistics 2
GCEP 567 Cultural Foundations and Social Justice 3

Any of the prior courses not taken as part of a master's or doctoral training program in a mental health field will be added to the total hours required to complete the program. Waivers of prerequisite course work* might vary greatly from student to student. In addition to the prerequisite coursework, all students must complete the required 18 semester hours of course work listed below.

*Applicants for the Initial School Psychology Licensure Preparation Program may petition the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) if they are dissatisfied with a denied waiver request.

Transfer Credit

Transfer of up to 5 semester hours credit beyond the required prerequisite coursework is allowed toward the Initial School Psychology Licensure Preparation Program from accredited graduate schools (transfer credit is not allowed toward internship requirements). Students must have earned a grade of B or better for a course to be considered for transfer. In addition, only courses taken elsewhere within 10 years of the date of matriculation to the Initial School Counseling Licensure Preparation Program will be considered for transfer. Transferability of credits earned at this institution and transferred to another is at the discretion of the receiving institution. Consult the registrar's office for information on eligibility of transfer credit.

Residence Requirements

Of the 18 semester hours required for the Initial School Psychology Licensure Preparation Program, a minimum of 13 hours must be taken in resident study at George Fox University. All work leading to the certificate must be completed within 5 years from the time of matriculation. Extension of this limit requires approval of the Graduate Department of Counseling (GDC) Faculty. However, only one such extension may be considered due to special circumstances, such as ill health. Reinstatement to the program after withdrawal requires Admissions Committee action and may subject the student to additional requirements for the program. A leave of absence is valid for up to one year after which the student must re-apply to the program.

Course Requirements

The Initial School Psychology Licensure Preparation Program is generally 2-4 years in length with 18 hours of course work required as a minimum for graduation. Of those hours, 12 are in core counseling and school psychology coursework and 6 internship hours.

Other Program Requirements

Each student must complete a minimum of 20 clock hours of personal counseling/therapy as part of the Initial School Psychology Licensure Preparation Program program. Additionally, an ongoing review process serves as a way to assess the student's fit for the program; fit for the profession; emotional, psychological, and intellectual ability; as well as maturity level for functioning safely as a mental health professional. GDC faculty will review students each fall and spring semester. For more specific information, please refer to the student handbook.

Graduation Requirements

In order to complete the Initial School Psychology Licensure Preparation Program students must:

  • Satisfactorily complete a minimum of 18 semester hours (beyond the stated prerequisite coursework) with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Achieve no grade lower than a B in all courses. If a grade of a B- or lower is received in a required course, that course must be retaken (for more specific information, please refer to the student handbook).
  • Complete a minimum of 20 one-hour sessions of personal therapy—individual, couples, and/or group (no more than 10 sessions may be in group therapy)—with a licensed therapist
  • Complete a minimum of 1,200 supervised hours in internship setting(s)
  • Successfully complete the Clinical Portfolio (reading fees are assessed during the final semester of clinical internship), in which the student articulates his/her current understanding of school psychology and applies the same through an analysis of his/her school psychology skills, an evaluation of his/her strengths, and a three-year professional development plan

Curriculum Plan

Core Counseling and School Psychology Courses (12 hours)
GCEP 511 Ethical and Legal Issues 3
GCEP 531 Introduction to School Psychology 3
GCEP 558 Treatment Planning 1
GCEP 559 School Psychology Portfolio 1
GCEP 561 Spiritual and Clinical Praxis 3
GCEP 587 Interpersonal Neurobiology and Pharmacology 1
Internship (6 hours)
GCEP 548 Internship in School Psychology I 3
GCEP 549 Internship in School Psychology II 3


  • In addition to fulfilling the above course requirements, school psychology students in the Initial School Psychology Licensure Preparation Program who seek the Initial School Psychology License will be asked to submit passing scores on the following assessments:
    1. California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) or Praxis I (PPST), or have five years of experience practicing school psychology full time in a public school or regionally accredited private school in a U.S. jurisdiction before holding any Oregon license
    2. Praxis II Specialty Area Test in School Psychology
    3. ORELA Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment Examination
Counseling Course Descriptions