The Master of Science (MS) in Educational Psychology with a Concentration in School Psychology program prepares graduates for careers as professionally credentialed, specialist-level school psychologists. Specialist-level school psychologists typically deliver assessment, intervention, and consultation services within school settings to promote children’s academic, social-emotional, and behavioral success.
The program of study is designed to align with the standards for professional credentialing established by the Maine Department of Education and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). The program integrates coursework and field-based experiences to promote general knowledge in the fields of education and psychology and targeted competencies in assessment, intervention, consultation, and applied research. Students also gain competencies in data-based decision-making, collaborative problem-solving, applied behavior analysis, and ethical-legal standards.
The program of study requires a total of 84 graduate credits, which include 600 hours of practica and a culminating 1,500 hour internship. All courses are scheduled on weekdays in the late afternoon/early evening to accommodate students’ work schedules, and nearly 60% of the required courses may be completed using distance learning technology. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for both state and national certification as specialist-level school psychologists.