“I am fortunate to have been taught by skilled, professional psychologists who are dedicated to their careers. I appreciate the guidance, instruction, patience, and opportunities given throughout the program. I think the Psychology Department is a tremendous asset to FMU and its students.” ~ Cori B. (M.S., Class of ’11)
THE GRADUATE PROGRAM IN PSYCHOLOGY
Francis Marion University has responded to the needs of the region by offering a graduate program leading to either the Master of Science Degree in Applied Psychology (MSAP), Clinical/Counseling option or the Specialist Degree in School Psychology (SSP). Within the graduate program, students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to work as professionals in clinical, school, health, and other community settings as scientist practitioners.
The graduate program adheres to the standards of training of the Council of Applied Master’s Programs in Psychology (CAMPP) and is accredited by the Masters in Psychology Accreditation Council (MPAC). The Specialist in School Psychology degree offering is approved as a specialist-level training program by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and is recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
Students and graduates are expected to bring scholarship and reflection to their work, as well as an understanding of diversity in clientele, methodology, and application. Graduates report that their training occurred in a positive learning environment that recognized and nurtured diversity while emphasizing academic excellence. Program faculty produce scholarship that enhances teaching, involves students, and contributes to the profession of psychology. Furthermore, faculty members consult with and render academic and practical assistance to local human service agencies, hospitals, and regional schools.
BECOMING A STUDENT
Enrollment in the program is limited, and the admissions process is competitive. Students must apply and be accepted as either a graduate degree student or graduate non-degree student in order to register for courses. Students develop an organized plan of study in consultation with an adviser. Courses are offered during late afternoon and evening hours. Practicum and other clinical experiences generally occur during normal business/school hours, but may require evening or weekend commitments. Courses offer a blend of classroom activities and experiential training designed to acquaint the student with both the theory and the practical applications of psychological knowledge.
While classes are taught in the late afternoon and evening, school psychology students should be mindful that practicum experiences must occur during the day. Additionally, the internship must be a full-time experience as a school psychologist in a public school setting during the fall and spring semesters. Clinical/Counseling students also should be aware that their internship requires a full-time commitment that may require them to take a leave of absence from other employment.
Students who are accepted into the graduate program must contact the Coordinator of the Clinical/Counseling Option, or the School Option (as appropriate) for advising.
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