School psychologists are an integral part of the support team available
in America's schools. School Psychologists use their knowledge of
psychology and education to help students of all ages succeed
academically and socially. Through their skills in consultation,
assessment, intervention, and program evaluation, school psychologists
work closely with teachers, administrations, parents, and community
agencies to identify and treat student's problems.
Program Coordinator: Lisa H. Stewart, Ph.D.218.477-4081; firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Starting with the first semester of classes, field-based practica in both first and second years of study provide school-based experience. Practica are supervised by local educators and school psychologists and are coordinated with on-campus course work so students can immediately apply concepts and techniques learned in class.
A 1200 hours internship during the third year of study serves as the capstone experience for students' training. Internships are usually paid positions within school districts or special education cooperatives in the tri-state area, although placements in other states are possible, as well.
MSUM's School Psychology Program meets training standards established by the National Association of School Psychologists and has been NASP/NCATE approved for over 25 years. MSU Moorhead was one of the first programs in the country to receive NASP/NCATE approval.
The School Psychology program requires 65 semester credits taken over three years. The program consists of two years of full-time on-campus course work and a one-year internship. A non-terminal Master's degree is awarded after the first 30 semester credits with the terminal Specialist degree awarded after the remaining 35 credits. It is expected that students will earn both the Master's and the Specialist degrees. Continuous registration from enrollment to completion of Specialist degree (excluding summers) in coursework at MSUM or PSY 698/PSY 798: Continuing Registration is required. Students are admitted only on a full-time basis with attendance beginning in the fall semester. Admission is limited and competitive. The application deadline is February 15 for both degree programs. Late applications will be considered if space is available.
PSY 517 Child Psychopathology (3)PSY 601 Foundations of School Psychology (2)PSY 611 Children's Thinking (2)PSY 613 Biopsychology (2)PSY 620 Measurement Theory (3)PSY 621 Assessment/Intervention I: Basic Processes (4)PSY 622 Assessment/Intervention II: Special Populations (4)PSY 633 Statistics/Methods for School Psychologists (2)PSY 634 Methods of Evidence Based Practice (3)PSY 635 Research Seminar I (1)PSY 636 Research Seminar II (1-2) PSY 641 Practicum in School Psychology I (1)PSY 642 Practicum in School Psychology II (1)PSY 696 Project/Action Research (3)PSY 699 Thesis in Psychology (4)PSY 701 Issues in the Practice of School Psychology (2)PSY 723 Assessment/Intervention III: Early Childhood (3)PSY 724 Assessment/Intervention IV: Psychosocial Problems (4)PSY 728 Systems Intervention (2)PSY 744 Practicum in School Psychology III (1)PSY 760 Internship in School Psychology (3)PSY 796 Specialist Portfolio in School Psychology (2)CNSA 520 Basic Counseling Skills (3)ED 664 Theory and Process of Consultation (2)SPED 606 Research & Application in Behavior Analysis (3)SPED 620 Perspectives and Policies in Special Education (3)SPED Elective Course (3)
Students who complete the Master of Science and Specialist in School Psychology will show evidence of knowledge and skills in:
Online graduate application
Graduate Online Application.
$20 application fee for first time MSUM applicants
you complete the Graduate Online Application:
Log in to the Graduate Online Application site
Select “Check Status”
Select eServices at the top of the page. You will be able to pay the application fee using a
credit or debit card.
Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
Contact ALL the colleges and universities you have attended and have
your transcripts sent to:
Graduate Studies Office
MSU Moorhead, 1104 7th Ave. S.
Moorhead, MN 56563
You do not need to order transcripts from MSUM or other MnSCU
institutions. See Transcript Policy for more details.
Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution; no specific major
required; preparation must include a minimum of 12 semester credits in
Psychology, including Developmental Psychology and Statistics
The Graduate Studies Office and the Psych Department will check this item
once we have received all of your transcripts.
Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or at least 3.25 for last 30 semester credits
Graduate Record Examination (GRE); new version required; only official
scores accepted; no more than 5 years old
Schedule your test early. Allow 4 weeks for MSUM to receive your scores.
When prompted at the test site, enter MSUM as a receiving school, code 6678.
Letter of Intent
Prepare a letter specifying why are are interested in school psychology and your relevant background or experiences. Put your
name on all pages. Upload it to the
Graduate Online Application site:
1. Log in to
the Graduate Online Application site
“Program Specific Requirements”, click on “Upload Now” button by the “Letter
Click on “Submit References Now” under “Program Specific Requirements”
Follow directions for selecting your references. Be very careful
when you enter the e-mail address and decide who you would like to be your
references because you cannot change this once it has been submitted.
After you indicate who your references are, the online system will send them
a link to fill out a recommendation form.
Your dashboard should indicate Once the Grad Office receive the
recommendation form from them, your dashboard will show “recommendation
Note: Informational interview recommended but not required.If
you have any questions about the application process,
call the Graduate Studies Office at:
you have specific program questions, please contact the program coordinator:
Lisa Stewart, Ph. D.