School Psychology Program Website
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.
-Students earn both a Master of Science (MS) and a Psychology Specialist Degree (PsyS)
-Upon completion of the program, students are eligible for certification in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, as well as other states
-Graduates are also eligible for certification through the Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) System
-The job market is excellent for school psychologists in most parts of the country
-MSUM's placement rate has been 100 percent
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 items listed are required for admission to this program. Send all materials to:
Graduate Studies OfficeMSU Moorhead1104 7th Ave. S.Moorhead, MN 56563
Application Priority Deadlines: February 15
Application Priority Deadline:
Fall: February 15
The items listed below are required for admission to this program; only complete files are reviewed. Send all materials to:Graduate Studies OfficeMSU Moorhead1104 7th Ave. S.Moorhead, MN 56563
For applicants who have completed MSUM's Master's degree in School Psychology, admission decisions will be made by the School Psychology Coordinating Committee (SPCC) and will be based on results of the most recent yearly review of student progress and progress since that review (See School Psychology Student Handbook).
No student may be admitted prior to completion of the M.S. degree. MSUM students who begin taking Specialist degree classes prior to earning the M.S. degree are cautioned that no more than nine of the credits taken prior to admission to the Specialist degree may be counted toward that degree without prior approval by the SPCC.
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: