MS School Psychology

College of Saint Rose

Program Description

MS School Psychology

College of Saint Rose

The College of Saint Rose School Psychology program is fully approved (National Recognition) by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Our three year course of study results in a Masters of Science in Education and a Certificate of Advanced Study. The curriculum integrates courses in school psychology, educational psychology, counseling and special education, and requires class field work, 240 hour practicum, and a 1200 hour internship experience. School psychologists help children and youth succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments for all students that strengthen connections between home and school.

Our Approach

Our graduate program in school psychology combines a strong interdisciplinary focus with an emphasis on clinical experience. You will learn hands-on skills through coursework and direct experiences. We use the cooperative learning and case study methods of teaching so that candidates are able to understand how the theoretical approaches being studied can be applied in actual school situations. We foster an atmosphere of collaboration, in which each cohort members want to help the other succeed. Many of our full time internships, which are required during the third year, offer stipends.

Our Philosophy

Consistent with the scientist practitioner model of training, the School Psychology Program at The College of Saint Rose combines a strong theoretical framework with empirically based research to inform candidates’ work with children and families. The framework, merging systems thinking and a dynamic understanding of personality development, provides a template that guides case formulation, decision making and intervention design. Emphasis on child and family strengths, resiliency, and cultural context are cornerstones of our philosophy.

We merge seminal works and theories of school psychology with contemporary research and methodology. For example, the national trend towards Response to Intervention (RtI) to improve educational outcomes for all weaves through numerous courses. Furthermore, our approach to psychoeducational assessment reflects cutting edge evidenced based practices with emphasis on the Cattell-Horn-Carroll (CHC) approach.

Upon graduation from our Program candidates will be able to think critically, optimistically and passionately about what they will bring to the children, families and communities they serve. Candidates will embrace the role of systems change agent, problem solver, and child and family advocate.

Program Structure

School Psychology is part of Educational Psychology, housed within the School of Education. Our students are full time. Courses are taken primarily in the Spring and Fall semesters, although some courses are required during the Summer Sessions. After completing three semesters of course work, candidates receive their Masters in Education. In the Spring of their second year, candidates complete their one semester Practicum. In the third year candidates complete their full time Internship. Upon completing the Internship, candidates receive their Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) and are eligible for provisional New York State Certification. Passing the Praxis II School Psychology exam allows the candidate to apply for National Certification (NCSP) through NASP.

Admission Requirements

  • A complete Saint Rose Graduate School application
  • A Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • THREE letters of recommendations regarding personal and academic qualifications
  • TWO of the three letters should be from a college professor
  • Participation in scheduled group and individual interview
  • An undergraduate Grade Point Average of 3.0
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated May 4, 2016
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This course is Campus based
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Aug. 2016
3 years
Full time
Start date Aug. 2016
USA Albany, New York
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