School Psychology Adv. Cert.

Graduate Admissions Counselor

Roch Whitman

Department Contact

Suzanne M. Bamonto, Ph.D.

Admission Deadlines & Requirements

Program Available Online? No
Application Deadline Rolling
Admit Term Fall/Spring
Entrance Exam None
English Language Exams:
TOEFL (Internet) 100
PTE Academic 68


Priority deadline - COMPLETE applications that are received by this date are given priority consideration for admission and financial aid (if applicable). Applications received after the priority deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.

Rolling - There is no specific deadline for applications; applications will be accepted and reviewed throughout the year until the program reaches capacity.

Program overview

The advanced certificate in school psychology is designed for students who are interested in learning aspects of school psychology, but may not want to pursue an advanced degree. The advanced certificate may be completed as a stand-alone program, or courses may be applied later for students who wish to complete a master's degree. Students who complete the MS program in school psychology automatically earn this certificate.


School psychology, advanced certificate, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
SPSY-630 Academic Assessment 3
SPSY-620 Interpersonal Intervention Skills 3
SPSY-650 Applied Behavior Analysis  3
SPSY-641 Research Methods 3
Second Year
SPSY-640 Statistics 3
SPSY-723 Systems and Organizational Interventions 3
SPSY-720 Advanced Consultation 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 21

Admission requirements

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

  • Complete a graduate application.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent).
  • Have a minimum of 18 semester hours of course work in behavioral sciences with a grade of B (3.0) or better.
  • Have completed prerequisite undergraduate courses in general psychology, elementary statistics, child or developmental psychology, and abnormal psychology.
  • Submit an essay outlining the candidate’s goals and related experience that shows evidence of a professional commitment and the potential for developing effective relationships with children, youth, and adults.
  • Complete a personal interview.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 100 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 7.0 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.
  • 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 are reviewed on a space-available basis.

Additional information

Gainful employment

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Career Outcomes

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