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).
Click here for more information on NASP and FMU’s participation at the 2016 NASP Annual Convention.
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:
1. 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.
2. Complete the appropriate 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. Please see the current MSAP/S.S.P. program of study here.
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 2015- 2016 School Psychology Program Handbook.
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FOR CURRENT SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY STUDENTS
- 2015 – 2016 School Psychology Program Handbook
- 2014 – 2015 School Psychology Program Handbook
- 2013 – 2014 School Psychology Program Handbook
- 2012 – 2013 School Psychology Program Handbook
- 2015 Graduate Psychology Orientation Booklet
- Please visit the documents page to view and download forms and rubrics.
The Educational Testing Service (ETS) recently announced the release of a new version of the Praxis School Psychologist test (5402) which will be administered beginning in September, 2014. Registration for the new exam will be available July 21.
Praxis School Psychologist Study Companion 5402