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.|
|SPSY-620||Interpersonal Intervention Skills||3|
|SPSY-650||Applied Behavior Analysis||3|
|SPSY-723||Systems and Organizational Interventions||3|
|Total Semester Credit Hours||21|
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.
Information regarding costs and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code and occupational profiles for this program can be viewed at www.rit.edu/emcs/financialaid/gedt/school-psychology.html.
Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only
Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.
The advanced certificate in school psychology is awarded to students who have met all the requirements of the MS degree and have completed and defended a thesis or research project. (The master of science degree is awarded after students have completed all course work, an internship, and have passed a portfolio review.) Please refer to the program description for the MS degree in school psychology for information on course work and admission requirements.
School psychology, advanced certificate, typical course sequence (quarters)
|Course||Qtr. Cr. Hrs.|
|0527-726||Psychoeducational Assessment I||4|
|0527-724||Interpersonal Intervention Skills||4|
|0527-733||Applied Behavioral Analysis||4|
|0527-731||Psychoeducational Assessment II||4|
|0527-701||Advanced Developmental Psychology||4|
|0527-732||Psychoeducational Assessment III||4|
|0527-734||Linking Assessment to Intervention||4|
|0527-745||Alternative Assessment Techniques||4|
|0527-759||Research Methods I||2|
|0527-728||Inferential Statistics I||2|
|0527-742||Biological Basis of Behavior||4|
|0527-702||Psychology of Teaching/Learning||4|
|0527-810||Research Methods II||2|
|0527-811||Inferential Statistics II||2|
|0527-703||Cultural Diversity in Education||4|
|0527-752||Children and Trauma||4|
|0527-730||Seminar—Professional and Legal Issues||4|
|Project/Thesis (If needed)|
|Total Quarter Credit Hours||96|