The School Psychology program is nationally approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Students who complete both the Master of Science and Sixth Year Certificate in School Psychology are eligible for certification as a school psychologist in the State of Connecticut as well as the Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) credential offered by National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).
Connecticut certification as a School Psychologist requires both the Master’s and the Sixth Year Certificate, which are offered through the SCSU School Psychology program. The Master of Science in School Psychology is completed first, during which candidates apply for admission to the Sixth Year Program.
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 are uniquely qualified members of school teams that support students' ability to learn and teachers' ability to teach. They apply expertise in mental health, learning, and behavior, to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. School psychologists partner with families, teachers, school administrators, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community (NASP, 2017).
As a NASP-approved program, student preparation in the Master’s Program includes training across all NASP Standards. Preparation includes training in psychological and psychoeducational evaluations, written and oral communication of assessment results, developing individual educational and behavioral interventions, making recommendations for remedial action, curriculum in regular and special education programs, individual counseling, group counseling, and research and other related activities. The Master of Science in School Psychology can be achieved after one full year of study (including full-time summer study). Part time study is also offered as an option for students.
The Master’s Program 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.