School Psychology - MA Concentration & Graduate Certificate
School psychologists partner with families, teachers, school administrators, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections among home, school, and the community.
The School Psychology program encompasses two years of full-time study and one year of internship. Students proceed with their cohort through a carefully selected sequence of courses, which provide knowledge of diverse approaches to direct and indirect interventions (such as assessment, counseling, behavior management, academic interventions, and consultation). In addition to providing students with expertise in evaluation and intervention techniques for exceptional children, the GMU program also emphasizes methods to improve the educational outcomes for all school children including school-wide prevention methods, pre-referral intervention, and consultative and counseling roles. Given the diversity of children and families in northern Virginia, multicultural knowledge and sensitivity and is emphasized throughout the program.
Required Courses (44 credits)
- EDCD 603: Counseling Theories and Practice (3 credit hours)
- EDCD 606: Counseling Children and Adolescents OR EDCD 608: Group Processes and Analyses OR SPSY 692: Counseling in the Schools
- EDCD 525: Advanced Human Growth and Development (3 credit hours)
- EDRS 590: Education Research (3 credit hours)
- EDRS 620: Quantitative Inquiry in Education (3 credit hours)
- SPSY 617: Child Psychopathology (3 credit hours)
- SPSY 619: Consultation and Applied Behavioral Analysis (3 credit hours)
- SPSY 671: Role and Function of the School Psychologist (3 credit hours)
- SPSY 672: Schools as Systems Practicum in School Psychology (3 credit hours)
- SPSY 709: Cognitive Assessment (4 credit hours)
- SPSY 710: Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Assessment (4 credit hours)
- SPSY 750: Cognitive Assessment Practicum (3 credit hours)
- SPSY 773: Prevention, Intervention, and Consultation in Schools (3 credit hours)
Total Credits: 44
- SPSY 722: Advanced Child Assessment (4 credit hours)
- SPSY 751: Advanced Assessment Practicum in School Psychology I (3 credit hours)
- SPSY 752: Advanced Assessment Practicum in School Psychology II (3 credit hours)
- SPSY 753: Multiculturalism in Schools (3 credit hours)
- SPSY 790: School Psychology Internship (3 credit hours) (this course must be repeated for a total of 6 credits)
- SPSY 792: Prevention Intervention Consultation Practicum (3 credit hours)
Note" Students who are eligible to waive coursework must complete a minimum of 15 credits in residency to graducate.
Total Credits: 22
Internships and Licensure
In the third year of the program, students complete a 1200-hour internship in a school district. These positions are advertised by schools and in the metropolitan DC area, they are generally paid. Interns go through an interview process, and once hired, they are considered employees of the school. While many of our students elect to remain in the Maryland/Virginia schools, our students are eligible and prepared for internships across the country. Our students have sought and obtained internships nationally. Students receive supervision from their field-based intern supervisor as well as from university faculty. Upon successful completion of internship and graduation from the program, students take the national exam in school psychology. This leads to licensure by the State Board of Education as a school psychologist. Students are also eligible for National Certification in School Psychology (NCSP), which is an additional certificate that is well respected in the field. Because the GMU program is a NASP approved program, the application process for the NCSP is streamlined.
Complete and detailed requirements for the Mason School Psychology Training Program internship appear in a separate document entitled The School Psychology Internship: A Handbook of Guidelines.