OVERVIEW OF THE M.S. IN APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY PLUS SPECIALIST IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY (S.S.P.)
School Psychology is an option in the M.S. in Applied Psychology program. The option is designed to provide training in school psychology in preparation for subsequent admission to the Specialist in School Psychology (S.S.P.). Consistent with this purpose, the program involves training in diagnostics, assessment, intervention, consultation, and research. Students who complete the school psychology option of the MSAP but who do not continue to completion of the SSP degree are not eligible for state or national certification as a school psychologist. The school psychology option of the MSAP is not a terminal degree, but is preparatory for further specialist level training in school psychology. Students must complete the S.S.P. degree in addition to M.S. to be eligible for certification.
Enrollment in the program is limited. Students must apply to be admitted to the program. While courses are offered during afternoon and evening hours, practicum experiences must occur during the day. Courses offer a blend of classroom activities and experiential training designed to acquaint students with both theory and practical applications of psychological knowledge.
The School Psychology option is accredited by the Master’s in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC). Additionally, it is nationally approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and nationally recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
REQUIREMENTS FOR SPECIALIST DEGREE IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY (S.S.P.)
To receive a Specialist Degree in School Psychology from Francis Marion University, a student must fulfill the following requirements:
- Complete the MSAP (School Psychology Option) from FMU, or possess a documented master’s degree in school psychology or closely related field from another university, and be accepted as a S.S.P. degree seeking student in school psychology.
- Complete the following group of courses, practica, and internship. NOTE: Students with master’s degrees from other programs who are accepted into the S.S.P. program may have additional coursework or practica to be completed.
Specialist Degree courses, practica, and internship – 32 Hours (minimum):
- PSY 602 Biological Basis of Behavior
- PSY 700 Practicum (minimum of 5 hours). Specific practica (e.g., B, C, D, and E) are required concurrently with certain courses as indicated in the course descriptions. PSY 700E is a standalone practicum required of students during the spring semester of the year preceding the specialist internship in the school psychology option.
- PSY 704 Academic Assessment and Intervention
- PSY 706 Advanced Topics in Child and Adolescent Assessment and Diagnosis
- PSY 714 Child/Adolescent Counseling and Therapy
- PSY 749 Psychological Consultation in Schools and Agencies
- PSY 759 School-Wide Prevention, Intervention, and Crisis Programs
- PSY 799-F Internship: School Psychology (fall semester)
- PSY 799-S Internship: School Psychology (spring semester)
- EDUC 745 Teaching Reading and Written Language to Divergent and Exceptional Learners
FOR POTENTIAL APPLICANTS
- For more detailed information about required coursework, course offerings, program sequencing, practica, and internship, applicants are encouraged to view the appropriate section of the FMU Catalog as well as the 2013 – 2014 School Psychology Program Handbook.
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