College of Arts and Sciences
MS and 6th Year Certificate - School Psychology
The School Psychology and Six-Year Professional Certificate program is an integrated full-time program, with a three-year sequence of course work and practicum experiences, leading to the both a Master of Science Degree and a Sixth-Year Certificate.
The Master of Science in School Psychology prepares school psychologists with particular competencies to work with children, families, and educational systems. It is designed to prepare highly qualified practitioners whose primary role is to maximize learning and developmental opportunities for children. Specifically, the program’s primary goal is to produce highly competent clinicians who will meet employment demands for services involving:
- Assessment and Diagnosis
- Counseling and Psychotherapy
- Consultation and Collaboration
About the Program
Completed in three academic years of full-time study, the comprehensive program allows participants to earn a Master of Science in School Psychology and a Sixth-Year Professional Certificate.
Housed within the Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences, the program is part of the Certification Council in the School of Education, and holds accreditation from the Connecticut State Department of Education, as well as national approval from the National Association of School Psychologists and National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education partnership (NASP/NCATE).
School Psychology Program Admission and Application Requirements
You must hold a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in psychology from an accredited collegiate institution and should have achieved at least a B average in undergraduate courses. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, application to the School Psychology program this year will not require the GRE General Test.
The following is required for admission to the School Psychology Program:
- An online application
- A non-refundable application fee of $50 (to be paid online)
- Official transcripts for all collegiate level coursework forwarded to the University of Hartford
- A letter of intent as specified in the online application
- Three Letters of Recommendation as specified in the online application
- For more information about requirements and deadlines, visit Graduate Admission
The School Psychology program is an integrated 71-credit program of study leading to the MS degree in School Psychology, with a specialization in Clinical Child Counseling, and a sixth-year certificate, with endorsement for credentialing as a Certified School Psychologist.
The MS degree in School Psychology is awarded upon satisfactory completion of a 32-credit planned program of study and successful performance on a comprehensive examination that is given to the candidate at the end of the first year. An oral examination may also be required. Satisfactory completion of the first-year comprehensive examination is a prerequisite for the practicum sequence.
University endorsement for professional certification as a school psychologist in the State of Connecticut requires the completion of an additional 39 credits of course work and training. To be recommended for initial certification in school psychology, students must earn earn 6 credits for the Internship in School Psychology (the internship is conceptualized as a culminating experience). Following completion of 71 credits, the transcript reflects completion of a Specialist Program in School Psychology.
For more information, and to see a complete list of the master's degree requirements, visit the Course Catalog.
Visit the Course Catalog to see the requirements for the Six-Year Professional Certificate part of the program.
Courses are required in the categories of Assessment, Intervention, Psychopathology, Theory, and Practica. They include:
- Cognitive and Psychoeducational Assessment I and II
- Personality Assessment I and II
- Introduction to Counseling and Psychotherapy
- Community Psychology
- Introduction to School Psychology
Following the completion of the master's requirements, students must complete an additional planned program of course work and training experience.
Initial Certificate: To be recommended for the initial certification in school psychology, the student must complete the requirements for the MS degree, as well as the certification program. While the program is intended to meet the professional needs of the student, recommendation for certification is not automatic. Instead, it emanates from a total assessment of the student’s mastery of the necessary skills and theoretical background, and from his or her personal suitability to serve in the capacity of school psychologist. Successful completion of academic requirements constitutes, therefore, a necessary but not sufficient prerequisite for recommendation for certification. The faculty will endeavor to apprise the student throughout his/her program as to his/her professional and personal progress. Students are urged to seek consultations with the faculty.
Professional Certificate: To be eligible for the professional certificate, individuals must provide evidence of three years of satisfactory service as a school psychologist as attested to by an employing superintendent of schools.
Visit the Course Catalog to see the courses reflect the additional 39 credits completed as part of the planned program.
In addition to the academic coursework and field practice, Connecticut certification requires an internship consisting of one full school year or its equivalent, in a period not to exceed two years, of supervised experience in a school setting under the supervision of a certified school psychologist, the local school system, and the preparing institution.
Learn more about the internship requirements of the program.
Master of Science in School Psychology students will:
- Have knowledge of data-based decision making and accountability.
- Demonstrate knowledge and skills in consultation and collaboration.
- Demonstrate knowledge and skills in interventions and instructional support necessary to assist in the development of academic skills.
- Demonstrate knowledge and skills in interventions and mental health services that will assist with the development of social and life skills.
- Demonstrate knowledge and skills pertinent to school-wide practices that promote learning.
- Demonstrate knowledge and skills in preventive and responsive services.
- Demonstrate knowledge and skills that facilitate family-school partnerships and communication.
- Demonstrate knowledge and skills in diversity as it pertains to development and learning.
- Demonstrate knowledge and skills in research and program evaluation.
- Demonstrate knowledge and skills of legal and ethical issues as they pertain to professional practice.
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