school psychology program

What is a school psychologist?

A School Psychologist is a mental health professional, with broad and specialized training in both psychology and education, who provides psychological services using data-based problem-solving processes. As stated by our professional organization, the national Association of School Psychologists (NASP):

"School psychologists help children and youth succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and support learning environments for all students that strengthen connections between home and school" (Ncsp sp gradsASP, 2005).

The school Psychologist is licensed and/or certified to provide school psychological services. He or she brings skills in problem-solving, assessment, consultation, individualized academic and therapeutic interventions, primary prevention, and systems-level change to the schools and the larger community. The school psychologist is sensitive to and appreciative of diversity and maintains the highest standards of practice with a keen awareness of the legal and ethical implications of his or her work.

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School Psychology offers two graduate programs. The Master of Science Degree in School Psychology is achieved after one full year of study (including full-time summer study). The Sixth Year Professional Diploma (a Specialist level credential) follows the Master’s Program and includes one year of full-time coursework followed by a year-long internship. The programs are designed to meet both the requirement for state licensure and national certification (N.C.S.P.). Graduates of the two programs will be prepared for employment as school psychologists in public schools or other related organizations and agencies.

The Master’s Psp grad girlsrogram is designed to be accessible to working students and classes will generally be offered on nights and/or weekends. Some classes will also contain web-based components of training. The Sixth Year Program also includes late afternoon, evening and weekend coursework along with practica fieldwork during the school day.   Currently students must complete the program on a full-time basis.