School Psychology Program Website
Program Coordinator: Olivia Melroe, EdDBridges 360l, (218) email@example.com
School psychologists provide a variety of psychological services primarily in public school settings. Through their skills in consultation, assessment, intervention and program evaluation, school psychologists work closely with teachers, administrators, parents, and community agencies to identify and treat students' problems. Specialist degree level school psychologists are in demand regionally and nationally. Our program is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), NCATE, and the Minnesota Board of Teaching. Graduates meet the requirements for certification as school psychologists in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and most other states.
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
Application Priority Deadlines: February 15
Students who have completed the M.S. in School Psychology from MSUM will be considered for admission to the Specialist degree program upon submission of the following:
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.
*Applicants who have not been enrolled in the MSUM School Psychology program must submit evidence of satisfactory completion of a substantially equivalent Master's degree. In addition, all of the requirements for admission to the Master's degree program, as described earlier, must be met. If the student is admitted directly to the Specialist degree program, any MSUM Master's degree requirements not met as part of the student's previous degree program must be completed as part of the Specialist degree program. For more information, contact the Program Coordinator.
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 698/798: 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.
The degree is completed under Plan A or Plan B.
Degree completed under Plan B
Detailed information on these requirements and department policies and procedures may be obtained from the School Psychology Graduate Program Coordinator.
Master's and Specialist Degrees combined (65 semester credits). Courses not completed as part of the Master's degree are completed for the Specialist Degree.
PSY 517 Developmental 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 Applied Research for School Psychologists (3)PSY 635 Research Seminar in School Psychology (1)PSY 641 Practicum in School Psychology I (1)PSY 642 Practicum in School Psychology II (1)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 545 Remedial and Corrective Reading (3) OR SPED 561 Learning Disabilities (3) OR SPED 570 Transitional Planning (3) OR an equivalent special education methods course of a minimum of 2 credits approved by the Program Director.
Students who complete the Master of Science and Specialist in School Psychology will show evidence of knowledge and skills in:
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