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School Psychology MS

Program overview

The master of science degree in school psychology is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists and prepares students for provisional New York state certification as school psychologists. Designed to provide students with a strong background in psychological foundations, the program develops professional skills and competencies in assessment, counseling, consultation, and program evaluation.

A school psychologist works with young children (birth to age five); elementary, junior high, and high school students; teachers and administrators; parents; and professionals to offer services that lead to the amelioration of existing student difficulties and attempts to prevent school problems. Through diagnostic testing, counseling, consultation, and intervention, school psychologists help students deal with learning and behavioral difficulties and help improve studentsí adjustment to school and their community.

The master of science degree is awarded after students have completed all course work, an internship, and have passed a portfolio review.


School psychology, MS degree, typical course sequence

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
SPSY-640 Statistics  3
SPSY-630  Academic Assessment 3
SPSY-620 Interpersonal Intervention Skills 3
SPSY-610 Advanced Developmental Psychology 3
SPSY-600  Field Experience I: Professional School Psychology Foundations 3
SPSY-632 Social-Emotional Assessment 3
SPSY-721 Academic Intervention 3
SPSY-631 Cognitive Assessment 3
SPSY-650 Applied Behavior Analysis 3
SPSY-601 Field Experience II: Professional School Psychology Foundations 3
Second Year
SPSY-730 Comprehensive Assessment Integration 3
SPSY-722 Advanced Counseling 3
SPSY-720 Advanced Consultation 3
SPSY-710 Developmental Psychopathology 3
SPSY-701 Advanced Practicum I: Issues in Diversity 3
SPSY-641 Research Methods 3
SPSY-723 Systems and Organizational Interventions 3
SPSY-611 Biopsychology 3
SPSY-603 Ethical and Legal Issues 3
SPSY-702 Advanced Practicum II: Issues in Diversity 3
Third Year
SPSY-750 Internship 6
Total Semester Credit Hours 66

Degree requirements

A minimum of 66 semester credit hours are required for completion of the program. Before registering for the internship, students must pass a portfolio review. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above is required.

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in school psychology, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

All credentials must be submitted and reviewed before the student completes 9 semester credit hours of graduate work in the program. Applications are due by February 1. Later applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Career Outcomes

Job Titles

School Psychologist


K-12 schools, Community Centers, Human Service Agencies

Recent Employers

Rochester City School District, Buffalo School District, East Irondequoit School District, Fairport School District, and many out of state school districts, e.g., AZ, VA, FL

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