The North Carolina State University School Psychology Program is proud to announce the beginning of a master’s degree in school psychology (admitting students for the fall semester of 2017). Graduated students will be licensed as public school psychologists in the State of North Carolina (http://www.ncpublicschools.org/ihe/approved/) and license eligible within other states in the United States. The program requires 60 semester credit hours. The first two years of course work are conducted alongside PhD students admitted to the School Psychology Program described below. A summer practicum course is required for master’s students prior to beginning the second year of course work. In the third year, master’s students will complete a full-time 1200 hour internship half of which must be completed in a public school district in the United States.
What is School Psychology?
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). The NC State School Psychology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association, 750 First St. NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242 at phone number (202) 336-5979.