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Course of Study

The breakdown of our school psychology curriculum.

Students, who complete the 72-credit M.A program in School Psychology will graduate with a New York State certification in School Psychology, and will be eligible to apply for a national certificate in School Psychology.

For full-time students, the 72-credit program can be completed in 3 years, and for part-time students, it can be completed in 4-5 years. All courses follow a set sequence. All classes are scheduled in the late afternoon and evening, allowing for perspective students to earn a master’s degree while being employed. Students are required to attend 1-2 summer classes per year.

Second year students are required to complete, 280 hours, one-day per week practicum placement at a school site for one school year. The practicum placement allows students to build upon a foundation before entering into the full time internship placement. Third year students are required to complete a 1,200-hour internship placement, Monday through Friday, working hands on with the school psychologist for one school year. Students are encouraged to divide their internship hours between two different settings, Preschool, Elementary, Middle and/or High School to gain a broader experience of work requirements and responsibilities with the different student populations.

First Year Second Year Third Year
Fall Fall Fall
  • Proseminar in School Psychology
  • Multicultural Issues in Psychology
  • Intellectual Assessment I
  • Psychopathology in Children and Adolescents
  • Neuropsychological Bases of Learning
  • Counseling Techniques with Children and Parents
  • Case Conceptualization of Behavior Difficulties
  • Practicum I
  • Internship I
  • Clinical Interventions in School Settings
Spring Spring Spring
  • Principles of Behavior Theory
  • Psychodynamic Perspectives in Working with Children
  • Intellectual Assessment II
  • Personality Assessment I
  • Evaluating Students with Learning Difficulties
  • Practicum II
  • Consultation in School Settings
  • Implementing School-Based Prevention Programs
Internship II
Summer Summer  
  • Tests and Measurements
  • Statistics
  • Electives (any of the following): Family Cultures and Learning, School Systems, Emotional Life of Child
  • Research Design
  • Electives (any of the following): Counseling Children with Asperger’s, Diagnosis and Intervention for Students on the Autism Spectrum, Counseling and Assessment of the Multicultural Child
» View the M.A. in School Psychology plan of study in the University Bulletin
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