School Psychology, S.Y.C. Educator Preparation Program
For further information: SchoolPsychologyGrad@southernct.edu
School Psychology: August 1
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).
Sixth Year Professional Diploma in School Psychology
Certification as a School Psychologist requires both the Masters and the Sixth Year
professional diploma, which is offered through the School Psychology Program.
The Sixth Year Professional Diploma (a Special level credential) follows the Master's Program and includes on year of full-time coursework followed by a year long internship. The programs are designed to meet both the requirement for state certification 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.
The Sixth Year program is only offered on a full-time bases. Students are enrolled in courses and engaged in fieldwork throughout the Sixth Year program.
General Admission Information
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:
- 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.
- 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.
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:
- 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 have an undergraduate
major in psychology; those who do not should have taken coursework in the following
- Developmental Psychology or Child Development
- Educational Psychology, Theories of Learning or Cognitive Psychology
- Abnormal Psychology, Abnormal Child Psychology or Psychopathology
- The 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. If you are accepted, you must complete this course prior to beginning your graduate studies. Many students opt to take this course in the summer prior to beginning their school psychology program. You will be given conditional acceptance until this requirement is met.
- The State of CT requires that all applicants to this certification program 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.
- Evidence of a desire to enter the profession and knowledge of the field.
- Evidence of exceptional interpersonal skills (relationships and communication)
- Strong recommendations from at least three individuals who know the candidate in professional and/or academic setting.
- Evidence of superior writing skills
- A 500-word essay describing the basis of their interest in the School Psychology program at SCSU and their desire to enter the profession
- Meeting with the School Psychology Faculty members for an admissions interview, if invited.
Program Sequence - SIXTH YEAR 38 Credit Minimum
As sequencing changes, it is highly recommended that students meet with their program
advisor to finalize a list of requirements for graduation.
One year of full-time continuous study is required followed by a year-long internship (a minimum of 1200 hours in a school-based site and a concurrent seminar). The sixth year program consists of:
Required Core Courses
CSP 534 – Individual Assessment II and Lab – 4 credits
CSP 535 – Individual Assessment III and Lab – 4 credits
CSP 536 - Practicum I & Seminar - 3 credits
SCP 537 - Practicum II & Seminar - 3 credits
CSP 606 – Counseling Procedures with Children – 3 credits
CSP 638 – School Psychology Intervention Techniques – 3 credits
CSP 674 – School Consultation – 3 credits
CSP 692 - Advanced Research Methods - 3 credits
CSP 652 - Internship (2 semesters) - 6 credits
CSP 653 - Internship Seminar (2 semesters) - 6 credits
Praxis® II– Examination in School Psychology; report all scores to program
All students completing the School Psychology Sixth Year Program must take the Praxis® II Specialty Examination in School Psychology and achieve a passing score, according to the NASP National Certification (NCSP) guidelines, in order to graduate from the program. NCSP applicants must achieve a passing score of 147. Test scores older than 10 years are considered expired and would require a retaking of the test. Applicants who took the exam between 2008 and 2014 must have achieved a passing score of 165 or higher.