School Psychology MS


Graduate Admissions Counselor

Roch Whitman
585-475-2062, rgwrpt@rit.edu


Department Contact

Suzanne M. Bamonto, Ph.D.
585-475-2765, sbggsp@rit.edu


Admission Deadlines & Requirements

Program Available Online? No
Application Deadline February 1 Priority Deadline
Admit Term Fall
Entrance Exam GRE
Other
English Language Exams:
TOEFL (Internet) 100
IELTS 7.0
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 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 students’ 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.

Plan of study

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.

Curriculum

School psychology, MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. 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-603 Ethical and Legal Issues 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-720 Advanced Consultation 3
SPSY-702 Advanced Practicum II: Issues in Diversity 3
Third Year
SPSY-750 Internship 6
Total Semester Credit Hours 66

 

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program 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 scores from the GRE.
  • 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.

Career Outcomes

The RIT Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education website provides information pertaining to student skills and capabilities, salary data, career information, job outcomes, and contact information for the Career Services Coordinator by program.


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