School Psychology MS
A school psychologist works with young children; elementary, junior high, and high school students; teachers and administrators; parents; and various educational professionals to offer services to prevent or improve existing student difficulties and enhance the educational success of all children. Through diagnostic testing, counseling, consultation, and intervention, school psychologist programs help students deal with learning and behavioral difficulties and help improve students’ adjustment to school and their community. The school psychology masters 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.
Designed to provide students with a strong background in psychological foundations, the MS degree in school psychology develops professional skills and competencies in assessment, counseling, consultation, and program evaluation. The program prepares students for provisional New York state certification as school psychologists. The MS degree in school psychology is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists, and is awarded after students have completed all course work, an internship, and have passed a portfolio review.
- Master of Science Degree in School Psychology
- Advanced Graduate Certificate
- Approximately 22 students are enrolled in this 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 InformationCo-op: ID
Student Skills & CapabilitiesStudents gain a strong background in psychological foundations through their coursework. 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.
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 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. 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