School Psychology, S.Y.C.

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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).

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:

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


Additional Requirements
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.