The mission of the 60-hour specialist-level NASP-approved School Psychology M.S. Program at the University of Central Arkansas is to prepare entry-level school psychologists to apply scientifically-based psychological and educational principles and practices in all dimensions of their professional work. Graduates of the program are expected to be reflective and competent professionals committed to the increased understanding of human behavior, continuing professional development, best practices in school psychology, cultural respect and diversity, and ethical standards of professional practice as articulated by the American Psychological Association (APA) and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).
Housed within the Department of Psychology and Counseling in the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences, the program emphasizes the professional identity of school psychologists within the broader field of psychology, a breadth and depth of professional training that prepares candidates to competently perform a variety of school psychology functions, and an education that values and respects cultural diversity among candidates, faculty, and service recipients.
Highlights of the program include
- 60-credit-hour program including 1,200-hour internship (3 years total)
- Graduate Assistantship positions available – apply through UCA Graduate School
- Close working relationships with School Psychology faculty members
- Opportunities for leadership in departmental graduate student association and as student representatives to Arkansas School Psychology Association and National Association of School Psychologists
- Typically, 6-8 students admitted each year
- Program, including classes, operates during daytime hours only
All applicants for the Master's program in School Psychology must meet the general requirements of the Graduate School and specific requirements of the Master's program. All prospective students must apply to both the Graduate School and the Department of Psychology & Counseling by January 15. Apply to the Graduate School:
- Complete an Online Graduate School Admission application (Graduate School Admissions)
- Submit official transcripts of all completed college coursework to the Graduate School Office
- Submit official Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) scores on the General Section of the Graduate School Office
Apply to the Department of Psychology & Counseling:
- Apply to the School Psychology Program by completing the online application form.
- Applicants will be required to respond to the following:
- 12 hours of undergraduate prerequisite coursework including General psychology, statistics, and 2 other psychology courses
- Three letters of recommendation from former college professors or individuals otherwise qualified to comment on the applicant’s professional and academic potential.
- Essay: Statement of Career Path and Aspirations – a 500-word essay focusing on your career aspirations as a counseling psychologist and research interests. This may include: a) significant people or events that have led you to pursue a career in psychology, b) strengthens and limitations and c) impact you would like to make (for others, the field, etc).
- Current resume or vita.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all materials are received by the admissions deadline.
Cost & Fees
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