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M.S.Ed. in School Psychology

Teacher with Students in ClassroomThis degree leads to a Provisional New York State Certificate as a School Psychologist The School Psychology program culminates in the degree of Master of Science in Education. The program trains school psychologists as practitioners and teaches the knowledge and skills necessary for today’s practice of school psychology in diverse environments. The School Psychology program fully prepares students to obtain provisional New York State certification as School Psychologists. Upon completion of a two-year supervised work experience, students are eligible for permanent certification.

Full-time and part-time study is possible, although the program is designed to be completed in three years and must be finished within a six year period. Cohort classes for the School Psychology program are generally admitted in the fall in order to facilitate progress through the assessment sequence.

The general program includes 60 credits of course work, practica and an internship. Thecomprehensive curriculum consists of 24 credits of psychological and educational foundations with a developmental emphasis; 27 credits in assessment and intervention, including consultation and counseling; and 9 credits in professional school psychology, including internship. The internship requirement is equivalent to two semesters of full-time placement in a school setting.

Bilingual students may elect to take courses to qualify for the Bilingual Extension which is designed to train bilingual psychologists to work with linguistically diverse children and their families. Students wishing to apply for a Bilingual Extension for the New York State School Psychology Certificate must have completed TED 516 Learning in Bilingual/Multicultural Settings or TAL 612 Theory and Practice of Bilingual Education; SPC 724, Assessing the Bilingual Child; and have achieved passing scores on the English Language and Target Language Proficiency Assessments of the New York State Teacher Certification Exams (NYSTCE). The total number of credits for those wishing to qualify for the bilingual certification extension is 66.

Inquiries may be directed to:

Dr. Beth Weiner
Program Director School Counseling and School Psychology
914-831-2717
beth.weiner@liu.edu