Apr 14, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School Psychology, MA and Certificate of Advanced Study

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Graduate Program Coordinator:
Dr. Kimberly Daniel

This program trains candidates to become competent and caring practitioners in the field of school psychology in order to assist schools in high levels of academic achievement among diverse student populations. They partner with school personnel, parents, and outside agencies to improve supports for children at the individual, classroom and school systems level. It offers a strong foundation in psychological theories, consultation processes, data based decision making, psycho-educational assessment, cultural competencies, prevention and intervention techniques, counseling, and practica. All students will be required to demonstrate a basic knowledge of statistics and research methods and will learn professional ethics and legislation relevant to the educational system. Students are expected to complete 60 credit hours in order to obtain the Masters degree and the Certificate of Advanced Study. Graduates of the program will be eligible to apply for certification in Maryland and eligible to apply for certification at the national level based on successful completion of the national certification examination (Praxis II) for school psychologists.

Admission to the Program

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. Applicants must submit the following materials:

  1. Proof of completion of at least 15 undergraduate credits in Psychology (grade of C or better).
  2. Proof of an overall GPA of at least 3.0
  3. Three letters of recommendation
  4. A copy of your resume outlining professional work and/or volunteer experiences
  5. A statement of interest including background information, goals, strengths, and reasons for pursuing graduate studies in this program.

Students are accepted in the program only once a year after the April 1deadline.

All prospective students are interviewed by an admissions committee comprised of program faculty.

Objectives of the Program

  1. To provide a clear understanding of the various knowledge bases inherent in the practice of school psychology.
  2. To enhance students’ recognition of the importance of embracing diversity in all its forms, including racial, socioeconomic, degree of exceptionality, etc.
  3. To prepare students to practice the highest ethical principles related to the field of school psychology.
  4. To increase students’ understanding of the important roles played by the family, school and community environments in the development of healthy children and adolescents.
  5. To develop students’ sensitivity toward individual differences as important elements in decision-making regarding academic and other issues.
  6. To provide an understanding of the organization and operation of schools and school systems.
  7. To develop the ability of students to solve problems related to the practice of school psychology and make decisions based on data.
  8. To develop the ability of students to function as examiners who can evaluate psychological, educational, and social-emotional behavioral functioning of individuals and groups.
  9. To develop the ability of students to engage in crisis intervention using a mental health model.
  10. To enhance the ability of students to think critically, analyze and solve problems, and apply acquired knowledge.

Program Requirements

While many of the courses are taught in the evening, occasionally courses will be taught during the day and on Saturdays. Candidates will be expected to complete field experiences during the day. In addition to course requirements, students must demonstrate competencies associated with the earning of a master’s degree. At the completion of 15-18 credit hours in the program, students are required to apply for Advancement to Candidacy (see program guidelines). Unsuccessful candidates have the right to appeal to the Graduate Council. At the completion of 30 credit hours of selected courses in the program, students are eligible to take the Comprehensive Examination. This examination is designed to assess students’ mastery of the program objectives. It must be completed successfully before a student receives a master’s* degree or begins internship.

*All Master’s degree candidates must re-apply for admission to the CAS program.

Transfer Credit

Up to six (6) credits may be transferred into the MA/CAS program. The courses for which transfer is sought must have been completed with a grade of ‘B’ or better and must be related to courses and degree requirements offered in the program. Courses accepted for transfer credit can only be viable for use to satisfy program requirements seven (7) years from the date of completion.


One course in curriculum theory or instructional methods – ESAS 513 or SPED 520.

One course in special topics or thesis (SPSY 800) – optional

*Candidates will be expected to retake a school psychology course (SPSY) if they obtain a grade of C or below for that course.

Direct Intervention Project

All students are expected to complete a Direct Intervention Project during their internship year.

Field Experiences

SPSY 501 Lab: Students will be expected to shadow a school psychologist during the introductory class and spend four to six days in a regular school setting during this class. These experiences will be arranged by the instructor.

Practicum: Students enroll in a full year practicum course that includes a placement in a local school system under the supervision of a certified school psychologist. Students are expected to work two days a week in a school. This experience typically takes place during the second year of the program.

Internship: Students are eligible to apply for internships after successful completion of all required coursework and practicum and passing the comprehensive exams. The 1200 clock hour internship is the culminating experience of the program and is typically completed on a full-time basis for one year.

Praxis II

Students are required to take this examination in school psychology during the internship year.

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