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Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to common questions about our program.

What is School Psychology?

School psychology studies the strategies incorporated into the mental health and well being of students within the school. School psychologists apply their expertise in mental health, behavior, assessment, and intervention to support students academically, socially, and emotionally. The school psychologist provides a psychological perspective to the education system and is the sole individual in the school who can administer cognitive testing. School psychologists collaborate with teachers and families to create a supportive and safe learning environment for children.

The following websites have additional information about school psychology in New York and nationally:

Is the School Psychology Program NASP approved?

The School Psychology MA program is fully approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

Can I become certified as a school psychologist after completion of the program?

Yes, all graduates of the School Psychology MA program qualify for a provisional New York State Certification to practice as a school psychologist in New York State. After two years working full-time as a school psychologist a permanent certification can be obtained.

How long will it take me to complete the program?

For full-time students the program can be completed in 3 years. For part-time students it can be completed in 4 to 5 years.

Does Adelphi offer on-campus housing for graduate students?

Yes, Adelphi offers on-campus housing for graduate students. See housing options.

Do I have to take a Certification Exam?

Yes, students need to take and pass the School Psychologist Praxis exam in order to successfully complete the program. Passing this exam is also needed to apply for National Certification. The passing score set by NASP is 147.

What if I complete the School Psychology Masters program and want to work in another state?

In addition to qualifying for a New York State Certification, graduates qualify to be a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP). Find out more at

Can I keep my job while attending the School Psychology Masters program?

Many students are able to work while attending our program as for the first two years the classes usually run two days a week from 4:00 p.m. to 7:50 p.m. During the third year, students are required to do a full-time 1,200 hour internship.

How large are the classes?

The class sizes are small, usually limited to 18-20 students.

How much is tuition?

Find tuition and fee information of the Student Financial Services website.

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Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology
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