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School Psychology MS

Suzanne Bamonto, Graduate Program Director
(585) 475-2765, sbggsp@rit.edu

http://www.rit.edu/cla/schoolpsychology/

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.

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-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:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree at an accredited college or university,
  • Have a minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0,
  • Have completed at least 18 semester hours in behavioral sciences with a grade of B (3.0) or above,
  • Have completed prerequisite undergraduate courses in general psychology, elementary statistics, child or developmental psychology, and abnormal psychology,
  • Submit scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE),
  • Submit letters of reference,
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work,
  • 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 an individual interview, and
  • Complete an application for graduate study.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language. A minimum score of 580 (paper-based) is required. This requirement is waived for native speakers of English and those submitting transcripts from American universities.

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.

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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. 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.

Curriculum

School psychology, MS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
0527-726 Psychoeducational Assessment I 4
0527-724 Interpersonal Intervention Skills 4
0527-733 Applied Behavioral Analysis 4
0527-712 Practicum I 2
0527-731 Psychoeducational Assessment II 4
0527-749 Advanced Consultation 4
0527-701 Advanced Developmental Psychology 4
0527-713 Practicum II 2
0527-732 Psychoeducational Assessment III 4
0527-744 Advanced Counseling 4
0527-723 Developmental Psychopathology 4
0527-714 Practicum III 2
Second Year
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
0527-715 Practicum IV 2
  Project/Thesis 3
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
0527-716 Practicum V 2
0527-703 Cultural Diversity in Education 4
0527-752 Children and Trauma 4
0527-730 Seminar—Professional and Legal Issues 4
0527-717 Practicum VI 2
Third Year
0527-777 Internship I 3
0527-777 Internship II 3
0527-777 Internship III 3
  Project/Thesis (If needed)  
Total Quarter Credit Hours 96

Degree requirements

A minimum of 96 quarter 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 pscyhology, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree at an accredited college or university,
  • Have a minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0,
  • Have completed at least 18 semester hours (27 quarter hours) in behavioral sciences with a grade of B or above,
  • Have completed prerequisite undergraduate courses in general psychology, elementary statistics, child or developmental psychology, and abnormal psychology,
  • Submit scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE),
  • Submit letters of reference,
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work,
  • 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 an individual interview, and
  • Complete an application for graduate study.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language. A minimum score of 580 (paper-based) is required. This requirement is waived for native speakers of English and those submitting transcripts from American universities.

All credentials must be submitted and reviewed before the student completes 12 quarter credit hours of graduate work in the program. Applications are due by February 1. Later applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis.