A school psychologist works with young children; elementary, junior high, and high school students; teachers and administrators; parents; and various educational professionals to offer services to prevent or improve existing student difficulties and enhance the educational success of all children. Through diagnostic testing, counseling, consultation, and intervention, school psychologist programs help students deal with learning and behavioral difficulties and help improve students’ adjustment to school and their community. The school psychology master 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.
Designed to provide students with a strong background in psychological foundations, the MS degree in school psychology develops professional skills and competencies in assessment, counseling, consultation, and program evaluation. The program prepares students for provisional New York state certification as school psychologists. The MS degree in school psychology is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists and is awarded after students have completed all course work, an internship, and have passed a portfolio review.
Plan of study
A minimum of 66 semester credit hours is required for completion of the program. Before registering for the internship, students must pass a portfolio review. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above is required.
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Typical Job Titles
School Psychology, MS degree, typical course sequence
- PSYC-600 Field Experience I: Professional School Psychology Foundations
- PSYC-601 Field Experience II: Professional School Psychology Foundations
- PSYC-620 Interpersonal Intervention Skills
- PSYC-630 Academic Assessment
- PSYC-631 Cognitive Assessment
- PSYC-632 Social-Emotional Assessment
- PSYC-640 Graduate Statistics
- PSYC-650 Applied Behavior Analysis
- PSYC-713 Graduate Developmental Psychology
- PSYC-721 Academic Intervention
- PSYC-603 Ethical and Legal Issues
- PSYC-641 Applied Psychology Methods
- PSYC-701 Advanced Practicum I: Issues in Diversity
- PSYC-702 Advanced Practicum II: Issues in Diversity
- PSYC-710 Developmental Psychopathology
- PSYC-711 Graduate Biopsychology
- PSYC-720 Advanced Consultation
- PSYC-722 Advanced Counseling
- PSYC-723 Systems and Organizational Interventions
- PSYC-730 Comprehensive Assessment Integration
To be considered for admission to the MS program in school psychology, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:
- Complete a graduate application.
- Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college.
- Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
- Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent).
- Have a minimum of 18 semester hours of course work in behavioral sciences with a grade of B (3.0) or better.
- Have completed prerequisite undergraduate courses in general psychology, elementary statistics, child or developmental psychology, and abnormal psychology.
- Submit scores from the GRE.
- Submit a personal statement outlining the candidate’s goals and related experience that shows evidence of a professional commitment and the potential for developing effective relationships with children, youth, and adults.
- Complete a personal interview.
- Submit two letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources.
- International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 100 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 7.0 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.
- All credentials must be submitted and reviewed before the student completes 9 semester credit hours of graduate work in the program. Applications are due by February 1. Later applications are reviewed on a space-available basis.