School Psychology, M.S.

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Application Deadlines

School Psychology: January 15 for fall semester

School Psychology Programs

The School Psychology program is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Students who complete both the Master of Science and Sixth Year Professional Diploma in School Psychology are eligible for certification as a school psychologist in the State of Connecticut as well as the Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) credential under the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

Master of Science in School Psychology

Graduate students prepare to work as school psychologists using their knowledge, insight, and skills to promote educational success and to improve the institutions and programs in which they are involved. Certification as a School Psychologist requires both the Masters and the Sixth Year professional diploma, which is offered through the School Psychology program.

A School Psychologist is a mental health professional, with broad and specialized training in both psychology and education, who provides psychological services using data-based problem solving processes. As stated by our professional organization, the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP):

School psychologists help children and youth succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. They collaborate with educators,
parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments for all students that strengthen
connections between home and school (NASP, 2005).

The school psychologist is licensed and/or certified to provide school psychological services. He or she brings skills in problem-solving, assessment, consultation, individualized academic and therapeutic interventions, primary prevention, and systems-level change to the schools and the larger community. The school psychologist is sensitive to and appreciative of diversity and maintains the highest standards of practice with a keen awareness of the legal and ethical implications of his or her work. Preparation includes training in psychological and psychoeducational evaluations, written and oral communication of assessment results, developing individual educational and behavioral interventions, making recommendations for remedial action, participation in regular and special education programs, consultation, individual counseling, group counseling, crisis intervention, program evaluation, research and other related activities.

General Admission Information

Application Process

In order to be considered for admission to the program the following fall, all admissions materials must be received by January 15. In order to apply to the program, please follow the steps below:

  1. Complete the application to Southern Connecticut State University's Graduate School. The application can be found and completed online. A non-refundable fee of $50 must be paid at time of submission with a credit card.
  2. Send official transcripts from ALL institutions where you have completed coursework to:

Southern Connecticut State University
Office of Graduate Admissions
Application Processing Center
PO Box 8057
Portsmouth, NH 03802

**If you have attended SCSU, you only need to indicate this on your application; you do not need to send your official transcript in. 

3. Upload Personal Essay to https://www42.student-1.com/studentappstatusSCSU/ or send an email to GradDocs@southernct.edu or hard copy via US mail to the address above. The essay should address why the applicant wishes to become a School Psychologist and attend SCSU's School Psychology program.
4. Upload a Current Resume of Vita to https://www42.student-1.com/studentappstatusSCSU/ or send an email to GradDocs@southernct.edu or hard copy via US mail to the address above.
5. Send three completed Recommendation Forms via email to GradDocs@southernct.edu or a hard copy via US mail to the address above. Written letters are welcome to accompany the recommendation form, but note that the recommendation form is required. At least one recommendation should be from someone who can speak to your academic skills.

Admission Requirements for School Psychology

Admission to the program is based upon the following criteria:

  1. Academic background: students must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 for the Master's Program and/or a minimum GPA of 3.0 for the Sixth Year Program.Although, no particular undergraduate major is required, students are required to have taken a minimum of 15 credits in psychology. Most applicants must have an undergraduate major in psychology; those who do not should have taken coursework in the following areas:
    1. Developmental Psychology or Child Development
    2. Educational Psychology, Theories of Learning or Cognitive Psychology
    3. Abnormal Psychology, Abnormal Child Psychology or Psychopathology
    4. Statistics
  2. Connecticut State Department of Education's special education requirement: which is a course that reviews all types of educational disorders as specified in federal and state statues, as well as the requirements for mainstreaming children with disabilities. This requirement is a course that is offered at many colleges and universities in Connecticut (at SCSU this is SED 481 or 482). A list of those courses is available at the CT State Department of Education's website. You may take this course at any accredited college or university. You may apply even though you have not completed this final course requirement. Many students opt to take this course in the summer prior to beginning their school psychology program. You will be given conditional acceptance until the requirement is met.
  3. All applicants to certification programs within the School of Education must take the Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators Test, an essential skills test which is administered by Educational Testing Service. Students who have already achieved high scores on ANY of the following tests may be able to waive taking the Praxis® Core exam: Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), Graduate Record Exam (GRE), American College Testing (ACT), or the Prueba de Aptitud Academica (PAA/ESLAT/TOEFL). The scores necessary for waiving the Praxis® Core exam based on these tests are also listed on the State Department of Education website. To waive the Praxis® Core test requirement, first check to see that you have achieved the necessary score; then please consult the School of Education’s Admission Requirements web page for information related to Praxis® Core waivers. 
  4. Evidence of a desire to enter the profession and knowledge of the field.
  5. Evidence of exception interpersonal skills (relationships and communication)
  6. Strong recommendations from at least three individuals who know the candidate in professional and/or academic setting.
  7. Evidence of superior writing skills.
  8. A 500-word essay describing the basis of their interest in the School Psychology program at SCSU and their desire to enter the profession.
  9. Resume
  10. Meeting with the School Psychology Faculty members for an admissions interview, if invited.

Program Sequence - 40 Credits

As sequencing changes, it is highly recommended that students meet with their program advisor to finalize a list of requirements for graduation.  

School Psychology offers two graduate programs. The Master of Science Degree in School Psychology is achieved after one full year of study (including full-time summer study). The Sixth Year Professional Diploma (a Specialist level credential) follows the Master’s Program and includes one year of full-time coursework followed by a year-long internship. The programs are designed to meet both the requirement for state licensure and national certification (N.C.S.P.). Graduates of the two programs will be prepared for employment as school psychologists in public schools or other related organizations and agencies. Graduates of the two programs will be prepared for employment as school psychologists in public schools or other related organizations and agencies.

The Master's Program is designed to be accessible to working students and classes will generally be offered on nights/weekends. Some classes will also contain web-based components of training. The Sixth Year Program also includes late afternoon, evening and weekend coursework along with practica fieldwork during the school day followed by a year-long internship. Currently students must complete the program on a full-time basis. 

Course Requirements

CSP 532 – Physical Bases for Behavior and Personality – 3 credits
CSP 533 – Individual Assessment I – 4 credits
CSP 539 – Mental Health Schools – 3 credits
CSP 540 – Intro to Assessment in Counseling & School Psychology – 3 credits
CSP 550 – Counseling Skills & Techniques – 3 credits
CSP 568 – Counseling and Life Span Development – 3 credits
CSP 569 – Theories of Counseling – 3 credits
CSP 574 – Applied Behavioral Interventions (or PSY 557 Behavior Modification & Therapy) – 3 credits
CSP 578 – Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling – 3 credits
CSP 622 – School Curriculum for Helping Professionals – 3 credits
CSP 641 – Introduction to School Psychology – 3 credits
CSP 670 – Psychology of Schools – 3 credits
CSP 691 – Research & Evaluation in Schools (or RSM 594 or EDU 592) – 3 credits

Comprehensive Written and Oral Examinations

Students are required to pass the Comprehensive Examination. Admission Requirements for School Psychology