Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

School Psychology MS

Program Overview

The RIT Master of Science in School Psychology is a fully accredited program, which blends theory and practice to provide a solid foundation in psychoeducational assessment, counseling, and consultation processes. Graduates of this program receive provisional certification in school psychology and can apply for permanent certification after two years of work experience.  They are prepared to work in educational settings, providing assessment and intervention for students, crisis intervention and counseling, and consultations with teachers, parents and specialists.

Degrees Awarded

  • Master of Science Degree in School Psychology
  • Advanced Graduate Certificate

Enrollment

  • Approximately 30 students are enrolled in the graduate program.

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Practica years 1 & 2 in school, agency and hospital settings. A 1200 hour (full time) internship in an educational setting in the 3rd year.

Salary Information

MS: $42,147                         $38,294 - $52,000

Student Skills & Capabilities

Students gain a strong background in psychological foundations through their coursework.  From their practica and internship, they develop professional skills & competencies in counseling, evaluation and consultation.  School Psychology students work with children at all levels, from pre-school through high school, as well as parents, teachers, and administrators.  They learn techniques in diagnostic testing and counseling that allow them to help students deal with learning difficulties and behavioral/emotional problems.

Accreditation

Accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and by the New York State Department of Education.

Equipment & Facilities

VAX/VMS lab with access to Internet and WordPerfect (Macintosh labs are also available on campus.)

Nature of Work

School Psychologists work with young children (birth to age five); elementary, junior high, and high school students; teachers, administrators; parents; and professionals. They offer services that lead to the amelioration of existing student difficulties, and they attempt to prevent school problems. Through diagnostic testing, counseling, consultation, and intervention, school psychologists help student deal with learning and behavioral difficulties and help improve student’s adjustment to school and community.

Training / Qualifications

School Psychologists are highly trained in both psychology and education. They must complete a minimum of a post-Master’s degree program that includes a year-long internship and emphasizes preparation in mental health, child development, school organization, learning styles and processes, behavior, motivation, and effective teaching. School psychologists must be certified and/or licensed by the state in which they work. They also may be nationally certified by the national School Psychology Certification Board (NSPCB).

Job Outlook

About 31 percent of psychologists worked in educational services, and 29 percent worked in healthcare and social assistance.  Nearly one-third of all psychologists were self-employed.   Most specialists, including clinical and counseling psychologists, need a doctoral degree; school and industrial-organizational psychologists need a master’s degree. Opportunities in psychology are limited for those with only a bachelor’s degree. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H. ’13-‘14)

Job Titles

School Psychologist

Employment

The majority of school psychologists work in schools. However, they can practice in a variety of settings including public and private school systems, school-based health centers, clinics and hospitals, private practice, universities, community and state agencies, and other institutions.

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Rochester Area: Webster Central Schools, Spencerport Central Schools, BOCES I & II, Rochester City School District, Greece Central School District, Fairport Central Schools, Pittsford Central Schools, Brighton Central Schools, Canandaigua Central Schools, East & West Irondequoit Central Schools, Penfield Central Schools, East Rochester Central Schools, Finger Lake BOCES, Livonia Central Schools.  Other areas: Brockport, Buffalo, Syracuse, Albany, Seneca Falls.

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career and we will make every effort to help you succeed. Feel free to contact Tabitha Arrendell, the career services coordinator who works with the School Psychology program. You can access information about services through our web site at www.rit.edu/careerservices.
 
Tabitha L. Arrendell, Career Services Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 585.475.7823
Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
Bausch & Lomb Center
57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603
585.475.2301
 
Unless otherwise noted, information is based upon data collected by RIT Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education.

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