School Psychology MS
The RIT Master of Science in School Psychology is a fully accredited program, which blends theory and practice to provide a solid foundation in psychoeducational assessment, counseling, and consultation processes. Graduates of this program receive provisional certification in school psychology and can apply for permanent certification after two years of work experience. They are prepared to work in educational settings, providing assessment and intervention for students, crisis intervention and counseling, and consultations with teachers, parents and specialists.
- Master of Science Degree in School Psychology
- Advanced Graduate Certificate
- Approximately 30 students are enrolled in the graduate program.
Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component
- Practica years 1 & 2 in school, agency and hospital settings. A 1200 hour (full time) internship in an educational setting in the 3rd year.
Salary InformationMS: $42,147 $38,294 - $52,000
Student Skills & CapabilitiesStudents gain a strong background in psychological foundations through their coursework. From their practica and internship, they develop professional skills & competencies in counseling, evaluation and consultation. School Psychology students work with children at all levels, from pre-school through high school, as well as parents, teachers, and administrators. They learn techniques in diagnostic testing and counseling that allow them to help students deal with learning difficulties and behavioral/emotional problems.
Accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and by the New York State Department of Education.
Nature of WorkSchool Psychologists work with young children (birth to age five); elementary, junior high, and high school students; teachers, administrators; parents; and professionals. They offer services that lead to the amelioration of existing student difficulties, and they attempt 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 community. School psychologists address student learning and behavioral problems by designing and implementing performance plans, evaluating performances; and counseling students and families.
Training / QualificationsThe RIT school psychology program’s training model incorporates a reciprocal relationship between coursework and fieldwork whereby theories, techniques, and relevant literature presented in courses are supplemented by field experiences. As students gain greater depth of knowledge of school psychology through the course curriculum, field experiences become increasingly comprehensive. School Psychologists are highly trained in both psychology and education. School psychologists must be certified and/or licensed by the state in which they work.
Job OutlookEmployment of clinical, counseling, and school psychologists is projected to grow 20 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.Most specialists, including clinical and counseling psychologists, need a doctoral degree; school and industrial-organizational psychologists need a master’s degree. Opportunities in psychology are limited for those with only a bachelor’s degree.(Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H). The majority of school psychologists work in schools. Elementary and secondary schools employ 43,210 clinical, counseling and school psychologists. However, they can practice in a variety of settings including
public and private school systems, school-based health centers, clinics and hospitals, private practice, universities, community and state agencies, and other institutions.(Source: BLS Occupational Employment Statistics)
Job TitlesSchool Psychologist
Selected Employer Hiring PartnersRochester Area: Webster Central Schools, Spencerport Central Schools, BOCES I & II, Rochester City School District, Greece Central School District, Fairport Central Schools, Pittsford Central Schools, Brighton Central Schools, Canandaigua Central Schools, East & West Irondequoit Central Schools, Penfield Central Schools, East Rochester Central Schools, Finger Lake BOCES, Livonia Central Schools. Other areas: Brockport, Buffalo, Syracuse, Albany, Seneca Falls. Out of state areas: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Delaware, Kentucky, Connecticut, Oregon, Virginia, and Maryland.
Contact UsWe appreciate your interest in your career and we will make every effort to help you succeed. Feel free to contact Lisa Monette, the career services coordinator who works with the School Psychology program. You can access information about services through our web site at https://www.rit.edu/careerservices.
Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
Bausch & Lomb Center . 57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY 14623-5603
Unless otherwise noted, information is based upon data collected by RIT Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education.