MA in Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology with Emphasis in School Psychology

Degree Requirements

The Masters of Arts (M.A.) program in School Psychology is completed concurrently with the Doctoral (Ph.D.) program in School Psychology.  The M.A. program itself is not a terminal degree program.  Students admitted to the Doctoral program in School Psychology (Ph.D.) who have already completed an advanced degree in School Psychology or a related field, including completion of a data-based graduate level research project, may not be required to complete a Masters of Education (M.A.) program in School Psychology.  Students admitted to the Ph.D. degree program typically complete degree requirements (coursework and comprehensive examination) for the Masters of Arts by the end of their second year in the program.  Students admitted to the M.A./Ph.D. programs in School Psychology are prepared to support the learning, behavior, and mental health of youth and their families as well as support the enhancement of the educational and mental health systems that serve those children and families.  Through coursework as well as research, clinical, and teaching experiences, graduates are prepared to serve as leaders in clinical settings as well as researcher/scholars in higher education settings.  Completion of the M.A. program alone does not lead to licensure as a Psychologist nor state certification as a School Psychologist, however graduates of both the M.A. and Ph.D. programs are eligible for licensure as a Psychologist and state certification as a School Psychologist, pending completion of additional examinations specified in their intended jurisdiction.  

General Core21
Professional Iss. in Sch. Psych. I:Hist., Trends & Ethical Pract.
Psychological Assessment of Children and Adolescents: Cognitive Assessment
Psychological Assessment in Childrent and Adolescents: Behavior and Social Emotional Assessment
Literacy in Special Education
Psychological Interventions with Children and Adolescents: Behavioral Intervention
ESC_PS 8850 Quantitative Foundations in Educational Research
School Psychology Practicum: Introduction to School Services
Research in Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology
Master's Thesis in Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology
Psychological Foundations9
Lifespan Development
Seminar in Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology (Cognition & Emotion)
Seminar in Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology (Functional Neuroscience)
Developmental Psychopathology and Exceptionality
Multicultural Issues in Counseling
Seminar in Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology (Social Bases of Behavior)
Advanced History of Psychology
Ethical and Legal Issues in Psychological Practice

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Sample Plan of Study

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ESC_PS 81253ESC_PS 81003SPC_ED 73703
ESC_PS 81403ESC_PS 81453 
ESC_PS 82501-6  
 7-12 6 3
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ESC_PS 8850: Quantitative Foundations in Educational Research3ESC_PS 80603ESC_PS 80703
ESC_PS 85303ESC_PS 80903-6 
ESC_PS 80951-6  
ESC_PS 80903-6  
 10-18 6-9 3
Total Credits: 35-51

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Thesis/Non-Thesis Requirements

Students are required to complete a data-based research project in order to earn their M.A. in School Psychology. Students have two options, the master’s thesis or the master’s manuscript, both requiring similar scholarly and scientific rigor to their project.  The thesis option requires that students comply with the graduate school expectations for committee membership and formatting, while the manuscript option does not. Students taking the latter option often format their manuscript for publication in professional journals.

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Admissions

Students are admitted concurrently to the M.A. and Ph.D. programs in School Psychology based on the admissions criteria identified below in the Doctoral program.

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