Students interested in pursuing graduate study in school psychology must apply for admission to either the educational specialist or the doctoral program in school psychology. The initial phase of study in either of these programs is integrally related to the Master of Arts in School Psychology, which is available only to students in the Educational Specialist in School Psychology or the Doctor of Philosophy in School Psychology. The first 30 required credits of these respective degree programs fulfill the requirements of the Master of Arts in School Psychology, which students may elect to earn before continuing their course of study in either the educational specialist or the doctor of philosophy degree programs.
The Master of Arts Degree in School Psychology explores the theoretical, philosophical, and professional discipline of school psychology. This program’s requirements are met as an integral part of the educational specialist or doctoral program, with a planned sequence of courses and practica experiences. There is no terminal master’s program.
Students interested in graduate study in school psychology should apply directly to the Educational Specialist or Doctor of Philosophy program in School Psychology. Master of Arts degree program requirements are incorporated into and are met as a part of those programs. Students do not apply separately for admission to the Master of Arts program.
Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree in School Psychology
The program is available only under Plan B (without thesis). The student must complete a total of 30 credits distributed as follows:
- A minimum of 15 credits in school psychology courses at the 800-level or above.
- A minimum of 3 credits in child development courses at the 800-level or above.
- A minimum of 12 credits in courses in areas such as learning and development, or research and evaluation, as approved by the student’s guidance committee.
- Completion of a final examination or evaluation.