School Psychology

Why School Psychology?

School psychologists are members of school teams that apply expertise in mental health, learning, and behavior to help all students succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. School psychologists provide assessment, support, and intervention services to students; partner with families, teachers, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments; work with school administrators to improve school-wide policies; and collaborate with community providers to coordinate services for students.

School psychology is an ideal career for individuals who are interested in:

  • Helping students thrive at home, in school, and in life
  • Developing interventions to support struggling students
  • Working collaboratively with parents and teachers to support children’s success
  • Changing practices and policies to improve school outcomes
  • Engaging in challenging and diverse activities that change from day to day

School psychology is currently a Top 5 Social Services Job, with an excellent job outlook. Other benefits include:

  • Current job openings in all 50 states and US territories
  • High job demand due to increasing numbers of students and school buildings
  • Average salary: $73,270
  • Excellent benefits and school schedule (10-month contract)
  • Ability to help students and teachers

Our Program

The MSU School Psychology program is designed to prepare graduates to work as certified school psychologists in school districts across the country. Our program is grounded in a practitioner-scholar model that focuses on the practical application of scholarly knowledge through synthesis and dissemination of current research and technologies in applied settings. As scientists, students will develop a solid foundation of content knowledge in core areas of psychology, education, research methods, and professional school psychology. The curriculum also prepares students for taking the national examination for school psychologists (Praxis II). In general, training opportunities associated with our programs aim to provide students with meaningful and practical experiences that will allow them to become effective leaders in the schools in which they work.

Our program boasts several advantages that help us attract high-quality applicants. Founded in 1997, the School Psychology program is a well-established program that exists to address the national shortage of school psychologists. Our program has a strong history of excellence with a 100% pass rate on the national certification test and 100% employment rate in school psychology after graduation. We also offer a highly collaborative work environment with small class sizes and collegial faculty. Together, our program is designed to mentor students as they develop expertise and learn innovative technologies for addressing education’s biggest challenges.

Degree and Training Opportunities

Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in School Psychology Program - This 60-credit hour degree program prepares students to meet the requirements for certification as school psychologists.

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies - 6 th Year Certification Program in School Psychology - Applicants with a master’s degree can pursue a certificate in school psychology, which leads to an endorsement/certification to work in PK-12 schools in Kentucky.

Individual Intellectual Assessment (IIA) Endorsement – School counselors in Kentucky can pursue a certificate in standardized test administration that qualifies them to administer cognitive, academic, and other specialized assessments (Autism, memory, personality, behavior, emotional/affective).

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