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Welcome to the NC State School Psychology Program website! Here you’ll find information about our program, as well as links to general information about the profession of school psychology.

What is School Psychology?

School psychology is one of the specialty areas of training recognized by the American Psychological Association (see http://www.apa.org/about/division/div16.aspx). School psychology is concerned with the science and practice of psychology with children, youth, families; learners of all ages; and the schooling process. School psychologists provide a range of services, including psychological assessment, intervention, prevention, and health promotion within the context of schools, families, and other systems. School psychological services are provided in a broad array of settings, such as schools, school-linked health centers, and medical and social service centers. The entry-level degree for practice as a school psychologist in most states is the specialist level (a 60-hour master’s or specialist degree and year-long internship). The national organization most closely aligned with specialist level training in school psychology is the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), which accredits both specialist- and doctoral-level training. The American Psychological Association (APA) accredits training in psychology at the doctoral level only, including doctoral training in school psychology (see http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation/schoolpsy.html for a list of accredited school psychology programs).