School Psychology, S.Y.C. Educator Preparation Program

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Application Deadlines

School Psychology: August 1

School Psychology Programs

The School Psychology program is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), 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 program prepares students for eligibility for the Sixth Year Professional Diploma (a specialist credential). The Sixth Year program is only offered on a full-time basis and includes one year of full-time coursework followed be a year-long full-time internship. Following successful completion of the Master's program, the Sixth Year program is designed to meet both the requirement for CT state certification 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 majority of enrollment openings in the Sixth Year program are reserved for students who have completed the SCSU School Psychology Master's program in School Psychology. However, a limited number of students are accepted into the Sixth Year program who have completed their Master's training elsewhere.

General Admission Information

Application Process for the Sixth Year Program

In order to be considered for admission to the Sixth Year program, all admissions materials must be received by August 1st.

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: If an applicant is sending official transcripts in hard-copy format, these hard-copies should be sent to:

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

**Students must submit ALL prior transcripts with the application to the Sixth Year program, including ALL transcripts submitted at the time of their application to the Master's program. If you have attended SCSU, you only need to indicate this on your application; you do not need to send your official SCSU transcript. 

Admission Requirements for School Psychology

Admission to the program is based upon the following criteria:

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 & Lab – 4 credits
CSP 535 – Individual Assessment III & Lab – 4 credits
CSP 536 - Practicum I & Seminar - 3 credits
SCP 537 - Practicum II & Seminar - 3 credits
CSP 606 – Counseling Children & Adolescents in Schools – 3 credits
CSP 638 – School Psychological Intervention Techniques – 3 credits
CSP 674 – Consultation in Schools – 3 credits
CSP 692 - Advanced Research Methods & Program Evaluation - 3 credits
CSP 652 - Internship in School Psychology (2 semesters) - 6 credits
CSP 653 - Professional Internship Seminar in School Psychology (2 semesters) - 6 credits

Additional Requirements

Students in the Sixth Year program are required to pass an oral comprehensive examination. The oral comprehensive examination is typically held at the beginning of the semester following the student's completion of Practicum I.

Praxis® II– Examination in School Psychology

All students completing the School Psychology Sixth Year program must take the Praxis® Specialty Examination in School Psychology and achieve a passing score prior to beginning Internship. The passing score is designated by the current NASP National Certification (NCSP) guidelines. A passing score is also required in order to graduate from the program. Students should consult NCSP application guidelines for the most current information about passing scores.

Students should request the Praxis® II test scores be sent electronically to SCSU using the institutional code R3662 when registering to take the test. Students must also submit a copy of their full score report, including sub-scores, to the program once scores are received.