Certificate in School Psychology

At a Glance

2-4 Years Program length
Portland Location


In person at the Portland Center (near Tigard)

Semester Credit Hours

18 (plus 43 prerequisites)

Cost per semester credit hour


Tuition cost for entire program

$13,212* (total tuition for 2-4 year program, not including missing prerequisite course work)


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* All stated financial information is subject to change.

George Fox’s certificate in school psychology program is designed for those who already hold a master’s or doctoral degree in a mental health field who wish to pursue licensure in the school psychology profession. (Don't have a graduate degree in mental health? Check out our education specialist degree in school psychology.)

The certificate program, or Initial School Psychology Licensure Preparation Program, prepares graduates to work in public, private and alternative schools as school psychologists.

Upon completion, you will:

  • Have a foundation in the knowledge bases for both psychology and education, including theories, models, research, evidence-based practices, and implementation strategies, and the ability to communicate important principles and concepts.
  • Be able to use effective strategies and skills to help students succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally.
  • Be able to apply your knowledge and skills by creating and maintaining safe, supportive, equitable, and effective learning environments and enhancing family, school, and community collaboration for all students.
  • Have knowledge, skills, and professional practice that reflect understanding and respect for human diversity and promote effective services, advocacy, and social justice for all students, families, and schools.
  • Meet the requirements for the Initial School Psychology License as defined by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC)

Employment Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects jobs for clinical, counseling and school psychologists are projected to grow 3% from 2019 to 2029. US News and World Report ranked school psychologists as the #19 best social services jobs and #27 best STEM jobs. Now is the time to invest in your future, to take the next step in helping future generations, and to steward care among people in your community.


Advantages of the George Fox Certificate in School Psychology program include:

  • Courses taught from a systemic perspective inclusive of family, community and cultural dynamics
  • An environment that encourages the integration of faith and learning
  • An opportunity to interact and engage with students who are pursuing other mental health professions which adds to our holistic experience
  • Non-competitive learning environment to enhance skills in collaboration and develop professional and interpersonal characteristics for success in the field
  • The combined expertise of the counseling, education and psychology departments round out every student’s experience by providing thorough context for the knowledge gained
  • Full-time, accessible, widely trained faculty
  • A convenient Portland Center location
  • Evening and weekend course work for the working adult

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George Fox University received full accreditation status on June 11, 2021 by the Accreditation Commission of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). The university's College of Education is accredited for the next seven years under AAQEP standards, after a fruitful and virtual Quality Assurance Review in April 2021.

Learn more about the university’s College of Education accreditation. The school psychology program is approved by Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) and aligned with accreditation requirements of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

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Program Requirements

The Initial School Psychology Licensure Preparation Program is generally three to four years in length, with 65 semester hours of course work required as a minimum for graduation. The program is designed for full-time study, with the first 2-3 years in classroom course work and the last year in a full-time internship in the schools. Of those hours, 3 are in spiritual integration course work, 18 in core counseling courses, 38 in school psychology core courses, and 6 clinical internship credits.

Prerequisite Course Work

All prerequisite course work must have been completed within the last 10 years. Transcripts of previous graduate work and supportive documentation will be evaluated by the Graduate School of Counseling faculty committee to verify completion of the following prerequisite courses:

Course 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

Prior courses taken may potentially be accepted, upon approval, as prerequisite hours required to complete the program. Waivers of prerequisite course work* might vary greatly from student to student. In addition to the prerequisite course work, all students must complete the required 18 semester hours of course work listed in the curriculum plan.

*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.

Curriculum Plan

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All classes are held at the university’s Portland Center location.

Brittany Erspamer

Brittany Erspamer

Masters in School Counseling

The George Fox Counseling Program has encouraged me in braving my own story and healing in order to empower others in theirs. The depth of content and connection in classes has strengthened both my mind and my soul, holistically supporting me in becoming a courageous counselor.


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Gabriela Elkins

Admissions Counselor, Graduate Counseling Programs