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School Psychology advanced certificate

Suzanne Bamonto, Graduate Program Director

Program overview

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.
First Year
PSYC-630 Academic Assessment 3
PSYC-620 Interpersonal Intervention Skills 3
PSYC-650 Applied Behavior Analysis  3
PSYC-641 Research Methods 3
Second Year
PSYC-640 Statistics 3
PSYC-723 Systems and Organizational Interventions 3
PSYC-720 Advanced Consultation 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 21

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the advanced certificate 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 a personal statement 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.

Additional information

Gainful employment

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Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters.
View this program's information from the retired quarter calendar

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.
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