Master of Science with Certificate of Advanced Studies in School Psychology
School psychologists are highly trained in both psychology and education with specialized preparation in mental health, child development, school organization, learning theory and behavioral science. School psychologists help youth succeed academically, socially and emotionally through a range of direct services to children and their families, and through collaboration with educators, parents and other professionals. Training emphasizes skills in consultation, psychoeducational assessment, intervention, prevention and individual and group counseling. Degree candidates must complete a minimum of a 60 credit hour program that includes a yearlong internship. School psychologists must be certified and/or licensed by the state in which they work. They also may be nationally certified by the National School Psychology Certification Board (NSPCB).
The majority of school psychologists work in schools. However, they can practice in a variety of settings including:
- Public and private school systems
- School-based health centers
- Clinics and hospitals
- Private practice