School Psychology Concentration

The Master of Arts and Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) program in school psychology is fully accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists and produces graduates who are well prepared to function effectively in a growing and evolving profession.

Psychology class

The program emphasizes early intervention and the use of data-driven, systematic problem-solving to address the needs of children and adolescents in the school setting. As part of a small cohort, you learn to provide consultation to teachers, families, and administrators; to complete comprehensive psychological evaluations of children and adolescents who present with social, emotional, academic and behavioral difficulties; and to offer direct counseling and intervention to children and adolescents. Throughout the program, you learn to evaluate the outcomes of services to ensure their effectiveness. The program promotes intervention and evaluation techniques that are empirically sound and sensitive to the diverse population of students that school psychologists serve.

You must complete both the M.A. and the C.A.S., which constitute a single program. If you already possess a master's degree in school psychology, courses from the M.A. in school psychology must be required courses in the current C.A.S. program to be accepted toward fulfilling requirements for the C.A.S. View admission and degree requirements in the Graduate Catalog.

Consider the school psychology concentration if you:

  • plan to begin your career after obtaining a master's degree and certificate of advanced studies
  • are interested in working with children and adolescents in a school setting
  • would like to consult with teachers and parents to improve the social, behavioral, and academic functioning of children and adolescents
  • value activities related to prevention and early intervention as well as evaluation and counseling
  • are attracted to a career where you will perform a full range of activities to promote a healthy learning environment for students

Get Certified

The school psychology program is fully accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Students who graduate from NASP-approved programs are eligible for individual certification as nationally certified school psychologists (NCSP) upon successful completion of the national certification examination and are recognized for their high caliber of training and field experiences. Students are also eligible for certification as school psychologists in Maryland (and in all other states that accept the NCSP credential) upon passing the certification examination.

 

Why Towson?

School System Ties

The program enjoys a cooperative relationship with all surrounding school systems, including those based in urban, suburban, and rural settings.

Shadow and Practicum Experiences

Graduate students "shadow" school psychologists and complete other course-related experiences in classrooms during the first year, and complete a 300-hour practicum in a local school system during the second year.

Internship Opportunities

Students complete a 1200-hour internship during the third year of the program. Throughout the program, students have the opportunity to assist faculty with research, although participation is not a requirement of the program.

For information on program costs, related careers, and graduation and median loan debt data, please see the Federal Gainful Employment Program Disclosure Data.

Program Director

Dr. Susan Bartels

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School Psychology
 Dr. Susan Bartels
Location
LA 2210
Hours
By phone, email, or appointment.