The M.A./Ed.S. program in School Psychology is offered by the Department of Education to prospective school psychologists. Experienced professionals who hold a graduate degree in a related field may apply for re-specialization in our Ed.S. only program. School psychologists have a vital responsibility in the nation's schools to promote mental health and secure quality education for all children.
Our program is geared toward research informed, school-based practice. Since School Psychology is writing intensive, our students develop these skills. For the first two years, students are engaged in academic coursework, but this balance gradually shifts toward the full-time internship experience in the third year. Students work in the field from the beginning of the program and accumulate a minimum of 1950 hours of supervised experience over the three years. Our Step UP Boston program is one example of our commitment to social justice. Providing high-quality services in urban and urban rim schools is a program priority.
With approximately 15 students admitted each year, we are a relatively small program conveniently located with access to a variety of urban, urban rim, and suburban communities. Students' media needs, access to assessment materials, and travel to professional conferences are well supported. Our program is approved by the state of Massachusetts and by the National Association of School Psychologists making graduates immediately eligible for both a state and national license as a School Psychologist.
A hallmark of our program is the emphasis on the application of classroom-based knowledge to school-based problems encountered in the field throughout the three years of the program. We have ongoing affiliations with a number of urban and urban rim school systems where many students complete their first two years of field experience; these include Boston, Cambridge, Brookline, Lawrence, Medford, and Methuen. Suburban placements include Acton, Concord, Lexington, Natick, Newton, Reading, Wakefield, and Winchester, among others within the metropolitan Boston area. Upon completion of the program, students have a minimum of 1,950 hours of supervised experience as follows:
- Students are placed in a school setting for a one day per week pre-practicum during their first year in the program (150 hours minimum). In all of our settings, students will consider the effects of systemic disparities and the issues faced by all English Language Learners.
- During the second year, students complete a three day per week practicum (600 hours minimum). The practicum experience enables students to further develop skills in assessment, intervention, and consultation while working with children in regular and special education settings.
- The third-year field experience is a full-time internship (1,200 hours minimum) that is typically completed in a school setting. However, 600 hours of the internship may be completed in another setting - such as a clinic or hospital - with program approval. Internships may be pursued in any state with program approval.
All field experiences are carried out under careful supervision at both the field site and the university.
Courses & Requirements
The School Psychology program is designed to prepare students for practice providing comprehensive services in schools. Students are participating in field-based experiences from the first year. Over the three years of the program the balance, of course, preparation and field experiences shifts, so that students are in their field sites one day per week the first year, three days per week their second year, and five days per week their third year. During their first two years (including summer study) students complete the course-work needed to prepare them for their practicum and internship fieldwork. During these two years, course assignments and seminars draw upon field experiences and offer opportunities for integrating developing knowledge and skills.
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