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 Certification 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).
The Sixth Year Program, leading to the Sixth Year Certificate (a specialist level credential), follows the Master’s Program and includes one year of full-time coursework followed by a year-long internship. The majority of enrollment openings in the Sixth Year Program are reserved for students who have completed the SCSU School Psychology Master's Program in School Psychology. However, a limited number of students are accepted into the Sixth Year Program who have successfully completed their master's degree in School Psychology elsewhere.
As a NASP-approved program, student preparation in the Sixth Year Program includes training across all NASP Standards. Preparation includes advanced training in psychological and psychoeducational evaluations, written and oral communication of assessment results, developing and implementing individual educational and behavioral interventions, consultation, counseling and crisis intervention, program evaluation, research and other related activities. Graduates of the Sixth Year Program will be prepared for employment as school psychologists in public schools or other related organizations and agencies.