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  • M.S. in School Psychology


  • Fall 2011 Graduate Catalog
    Graduate Level - Master of Science in School Psychology (30 Credits)
    Department: Dean:Graduate Student

    Program Description

    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 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, thesis-based 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.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    Students who complete the Master of Science and Specialist in School Psychology will show evidence of knowledge and skills in:

    1. Data-based decision-making and accountability
    2. Consultation and collaboration
    3. Effective instruction and development of cognitive skills
    4. Socialization and development of life skills
    5. Student diversity in development and learning
    6. School and systems organization, policy development and climate
    7. Prevention, crisis intervention, and mental health
    8. Home/school/community collaboration
    9. Research and program evaluation
    10. School psychology practice and development
    11. Information resources

    Admission Requirements

    Application Priority Deadlines: February 15

    1. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. No specific undergraduate major required, however, preparation must include a minimum of 12 semester hours of course work in psychology including one developmental psychology course. At least one course should be at an upper-level. One statistics course also is required. A research methods course is highly recommended.
    2. 3.0 grade point average or at least 3.25 grade point average for the last 30 semester credits of graded course work.
    3. Completed "Application for Admission to Graduate Study" form.
    4. Undergraduate and other transcripts sent directly from the institution to the Graduate Studies Office.
    5. Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended.
    6. Combined score of 1,000 on the Verbal and Quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Only official scores are accepted; no more than five years old.
    7. Letter of intent specifying career goals and research interests.
    8. Three letters of recommendation. At least one letter should be from someone who can speak to the candidate's academic skills (use forms provided). A minimum of two letters from academic sources (including someone from the candidate's major) is highly recommended.
    9. A personal or telephone interview is highly recommended. Interviews are to be done as part of the application process before the application deadline. It is up to the applicant to schedule the interview by contacting the Program Director.

    Degree Requirements

    The program must be completed under Plan A with a thesis required. 

    1. Minimum of 30 credits.
    2. Students who wish to transfer credits from other institutions or have taken courses before admission to the graduate program should refer to the "Residence and Transfer of Credit" section in the Graduate Bulletin for further information.
    3. 3.0 grade point average required for courses submitted for the degree. A grade of "B-" is the minimum allowed in core school psychology classes and a "C-" is the minimum grade allowed in non-core classes.
    4. Written comprehensive examination.
    5. Thesis.
    6. Oral examination in defense of the thesis.

    Core Requirements (30 Credits)

    Detailed information on these requirements and department policies and procedures may be obtained from the School Psychology Graduate Program Coordinator. Further information on degree requirements may be found in "General Degree Requirements" at the front of the Graduate Bulletin.

    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.

    Students may substitute an equivalent special education methods course of a minimum of two credits approved by the Program Coordinator for SPED 545 or SPED 570.

    CNSA 520 Basic Counseling Skills (3.00)
    ED 664 Theory and Process of Consultation (2.00)
    PSY 517 Child Psychopathology (3.00)
    PSY 601 Foundations of School Psychology (2.00)
    PSY 611 Children's Thinking (2.00)
    PSY 613 Biopsychology (2.00)
    PSY 620 Measurement Theory (3.00)
    PSY 621 Assessment/Intervention I: Basic Processes (4.00)
    PSY 622 Assessment/Intervention II: Special Populations (4.00)
    PSY 633 Statistics/Methods for School Psychologists (2.00)
    PSY 634 Applied Research for School Psychologists (3.00)
    PSY 635 Research Seminar in School Psychology (1.00)
    PSY 641 Practicum in School Psychology I (1.00)
    PSY 642 Practicum in School Psychology II (1.00)
    PSY 699 Thesis (Plan A) (1-4)
    PSY 701 Issues in the Practice of School Psychology (2.00)
    PSY 723 Assessment/Intervention III: Early Childhood Handicaps (3.00)
    PSY 724 Assessment/Intervention IV: Psychosocial Problems (4.00)
    PSY 728 Systems Intervention (2.00)
    PSY 744 Practicum in School Psychology III (1.00)
    PSY 760 Internship in School Psychology (1-3)
    PSY 796 Specialist Portfolio in School Psychology (1-2)
    SPED 545 Remedial and Corrective Reading (3.00) or
    SPED 570 Secondary Services & Transitional Planning (4.00)
    SPED 606 Research and Applications in Behavior Analysis (3.00)
    SPED 620 Perspectives and Policies in Special Education (3.00)