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.
Students who complete the Master of Science and Specialist in School Psychology will show evidence of knowledge and skills in:
Application Priority Deadlines: February 15
The program must be completed under Plan A with a thesis required.
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.
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