School Psychology, S.Y.C.
For further information: SchoolPsychologyGrad@southernct.edu
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).
Sixth Year Professional Diploma in School Psychology
The sixth year advanced graduate studies program in counseling provides the opportunity for counselors holding a master's degree in counseling to enhance their counseling competencies. This program can be designed to help counselors who graduated many years ago to pursue the State of Connecticut certification requirements. At least 30 credits beyond the master's degree are required for the sixth year diploma.
General Admission Information
To obtain program infromation/application packets, applicants should access application information from the program website:
On the graduate school application, applicants should indicate their focus is School Counseling.
Prior to being admitted to a program, students may take up to 9 credits on a non-matriculated bases. However, taking such courses does not guarantee admission. See website above for suggested non-matriculated courses.
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 areas: A. Developmental Psychology or Child Development Educational Psychology, Theories of Learning or Cognitive Psycholog Abnormal Psychology, Abnormal Child Psychology or Psychopathology Statistics
- 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 Counseling program at SCSU and their desire to enter the profession
- Meeting with the School Counseling Faculty members for an admissions interview, if invited.
Program Sequence - 30 Credit Minimum
As sequencing changes, it is highly recommended that students meet with their program advisor to finalize a list of requirements for graduation.
Students who are admitted to the Sixth Year Certification program in School Counseling will meet with an advisor to determine which Masters level courses they need to meet graduation and state certification requirements for School Counseling. There is a minimum of 30 credits required for this diploma.
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 578 – Counseling and Assessment of Culturally Diverse Populations – 3 credits
CSP 606 – Counseling Procedures with Children – 3 credits
RDG 521/566 – Teaching Reading and Language Arts in Elem. Schools – 3 credits
CSP 638 – School Psychology Intervention Techniques – 3 credits
CSP 674 – School Consultation – 3 credits
CSP 537 – Practicum and Seminar – 3-6 credits
PSY 652 – Internship and Seminar – 6-12 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. As of 8/5/13 the cut-off score was 165.