School Psychology Students
What is a School Psychologist?
The National Association of School Psychologists has surveyed school psychologists across the nation looking at salary information.
School psychologists are highly trained in both psychology and education, completing a minimum of a specialist-level degree program (at least 60 graduate semester hours) that includes a year-long supervised internship. This training emphasizes preparation in mental health and educational interventions, child development, learning, behavior, motivation, curriculum and instruction, assessment, consultation, collaboration, school law, and systems.
The National Association of School Psychologists sets ethical and training standards for practice and service delivery.
A nicely organized site, http://www.school-psychologists.com/, describes the requirements and certifications for becoming a school psychologist or school psychological examiner in the state of Missouri.
For Undergraduates or Prospective Grad Students
University of Missouri – Columbia
MIZZOU's School Psychology Program prepares graduates to work with children, youth, families, and educators to promote effective functioning in the areas of learning, behavior, and mental health. Operating from a problem solving framework, our focus is on preparing data-based decision makers capable of intervening to address both individual- and systems-level challenges. Students develop professional competencies in assessment, intervention, consultation, and research/evaluation.
University of Missouri – Saint Louis
The UMSL School Psychology Program provides specialized training in the provision of academic and social-emotional and behavior interventions via a problem-solving approach. In addition, the program’s emphases on data-based decision making, multicultural diversity, program development and evaluation, and facilitation of organizational change prepare future practitioners who can provide an array of effective student- and systems-level school psychological services.
Ed.S. vs. Ph.D.
Have you ever wondered what the differences are between specialist and doctoral degrees? Rest assured you are not alone! It is important to become familiar with the career opportunities, advantages, and disadvantages associated with each degree, since this information can assist in guiding your program and degree decision process.
Specialist programs are shorter in duration than doctoral programs, and many students have fieldwork or practicum opportunities in the schools during the first year of coursework. Schools psychologists with specialist degrees are well respected in the field and comprise the majority of currently employed school psychologists in the nation.
In addition to public schools, many doctoral-level graduates may work in a range of settings including mental health centers and clinics, hospitals, universities, research firms, testing companies, or private practice. At a state level, graduates are eligible for licensure as an independent psychologist if they complete the appropriate coursework, document supervised hours of clinical experience, and pass the national licensing examination. Additional requirements vary by state.
See the full document "A Career in School Psychology" by NASP for more great information about the advantages and disadvantages of a Ph.D. or Ed.S.
For Graduate Students and Interns
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MASP provides student scholarships to support school psychology students.
Also, check out the excellent school psychology graduate associations:
Graduate Association of School Psychologist at UMSL
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