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.
Equipment & FacilitiesVAX/VMS lab with access to Internet and WordPerfect (Macintosh labs are also available on campus.)
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 student deal with learning and behavioral difficulties and help improve student’s adjustment to school and community.
Training / QualificationsSchool Psychologists are highly trained in both psychology and education. They must complete a minimum of a post-Master’s degree program that includes a year-long internship and emphasizes preparation in mental health, child development, school organization, learning styles and processes, behavior, motivation, and effective teaching. School psychologists must be certified and/or licensed by the state in which they work. They also may be nationally certified by the national School Psychology Certification Board (NSPCB).
Job OutlookAbout 31 percent of psychologists worked in educational services, and 29 percent worked in healthcare and social assistance. Nearly one-third of all psychologists were self-employed. 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. ’13-‘14)
Job TitlesSchool Psychologist
EmploymentThe majority of school psychologists work in schools. 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.
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.
Contact UsWe appreciate your interest in your career and we will make every effort to help you succeed. Feel free to contact Tabitha Arrendell, the career services coordinator who works with the School Psychology program. You can access information about services through our web site at www.rit.edu/careerservices.
Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
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