The master of science degree program in school psychology is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists and prepares students for provisional New York state certification as school psychologists. Designed to provide students with a strong background in psychological foundations, the program develops professional skills and competencies in assessment, counseling, consultation, and program evaluation.
A school psychologist works with young children (birth to age five); elementary, junior high, and high school students; teachers and administrators; parents; and professionals to offer services that lead to the amelioration of existing student difficulties and attempt to prevent school problems. Through diagnostic testing, counseling, consultation, and intervention, school psychologists help students deal with learning and behavioral difficulties and help improve students’ adjustment to school and their community.
The master of science degree is awarded after students have completed all coursework, an internship, and have passed a portfolio review. The advanced certificate in school psychology is awarded to students who have met all the requirements of the MS degree and have completed and defended a thesis or research project.
Admission to the program is based on the following criteria:
- completion of a baccalaureate degree at an accredited college or university;
- a minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0;
- completion of at least 18 semester hours (27 quarter hours) in behavioral sciences with a grade of B or above;
- prerequisite undergraduate courses in general psychology, elementary statistics, child or developmental psychology, and abnormal psychology;
- GRE scores;
- letters of reference;
- an essay about the student’s goals and related experience that shows evidence of a professional commitment and the potential for developing effective relationships with children, youth, and adults; and
- an individual interview.
For students whose primary language is not English, scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (minimum score of 580 paper-based) must be submitted. This requirement is waived for native speakers of English and those submitting transcripts from American undergraduate schools.
All credentials must be submitted and reviewed before the student completes 12 quarter credit hours of graduate work in the program. Applications are due by February 1. Later applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis.
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Last updated April 25, 2018