Graduate Catalog: 2020-21

School Psychology MS

The program of study leading to the Master of Science (MS) in School Psychology (non-licensure) is designed to provide the foundational skills and knowledge necessary to continue in the specialist level degree program in School Psychology. The specialist level degree is required for the licensure as a School Psychologist in a P-12 educational setting

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Saint Francis graduate programs in Psychology and Counseling is to prepare culturally competent professionals who utilize evidence-based practices through a lifespan approach to work with diverse client populations. Our programs emphasize strength-based helping strategies and community outreach with a specialized focus on social justice in the Franciscan tradition.

Student Learning Outcomes

To successfully complete the Master of Science in School Psychology, candidates will:

  • Establish an identity as a school psychologist who is able to apply ethical principles, Franciscan values, and professional standards into professional practice.
  • Demonstrate practical skills for intervention and prevention when working with individual, group, and life skills/career counseling through evidence-based theories and practices.
  • Demonstrate knowledge, self-awareness, and skills when working with individuals and groups with diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Demonstrate application of scientific methods to evaluate professional sources, clinical practices, interventions, and programs.
  • Apply knowledge of biological, cultural, developmental, social, organizational, and environmental bases of behavior, cognition, and learning.
  • Provide varied methods of consultation, collaboration, and communication applicable to individuals, families, groups, and systems to promote effective implementation of services.

MS Degree Requirements

The MS School Psychology program requires 30 credit hours:

  • 30 hours in major courses

MS School Psychology Program of Study

Required Core Courses Credits
PSYC 522 Social and Cultural Issues in Counseling 3 credits
PSYC 528 Testing and Appraisal of Individuals 3 credits
PSYC 530 Personality and Counseling Theories 3 credits
PSYC 525 Counseling Children and Adolescents 3 credits
PSYC 544 Counseling Skills 3 credits
PSYC 548 Group Processes in Counseling 3 credits
PSYC 600 Research Methods and Program Evaluation 3 credits
PSYC 605 Introduction to School Psychology 3 credits
PSYC 610 Exceptional Learners and Special Services 2 credits
PSYC 622 Behavioral Consultation and Collaboration 2 credits

Admission Requirements

Application to the MS School Psychology program and applicant selection will be based on the following criteria (list is not prioritized):

  • Submit three letters of recommendation and, where appropriate, one from a former college professor and one from an employer or supervisor who has observed the applicant in a professional setting.
  • Submit a concise, typed, two-page statement of professional goals, including why he/she wishes to seek a degree in School Psychology, consistent with the purpose and focus of the program. One could also include specific training objectives and long-term career goals following graduation.
  • Demonstration of proficiency regarding academic performance. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA in undergraduate coursework, as recorded on official transcripts.
  • Undergraduate coursework should include a minimum of 9 hours of coursework in Psychology. Preferred courses would include introduction to psychology, lifespan development, and abnormal psychology (may be augmented by coursework in closely related fields or may reflect life experience). Additionally, one course in educational psychology and learning/behavior is highly recommended.
  • Indication of sufficient emotional maturity and stability to complete the rigors of graduate study as well as maintain ethical practice regarding client/student welfare. This includes, but is not limited to, openness and introspective ability regarding how applicant’s own issues impact his/her work as a professional in the field of Psychology.
  • A score of 150 on each of the verbal and quantitative subtests on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), if the candidate’s undergraduate GPA is below a 3.0.
    Candidates will have an interview with the School Psychology Program Director and/or Psychology and Counseling Admissions Committee.

Admission Decisions

Following the completed application process, the Office of Admissions will inform the applicant in writing of the recommendation of the Admissions Committee. This recommendation may take one of four forms:

  • Accept: Registration for courses will be permitted and applicant will contact the Director of the School Psychology for an advising appointment.
  • Deny: Application has been denied at this time.
  • Conditional: Candidate’s full acceptance is contingent on submission of all admission requirements.
  • Provisional: Out of commitment to see the applicant succeed and because certain areas of perceived deficiency exist, the applicant is provisionally accepted. These provisions may include additional coursework, assignments or restrictions being successfully met before full admission is granted. The applicant will meet with the Director of School Psychology for advisement and to contract any provisions.

Applicants have one year (12 months) from the date of notification of acceptance or provisional acceptance to register for classes; failure to do so invalidates admission and the applicant must reapply, without guarantee of acceptance.