The School Psychology Program at the University at Buffalo, SUNY is a 69-hour dual award curriculum (Master of Arts degree and Advanced Certificate) located in the Graduate School of Education. Upon successful completion of the program, the Advanced Certificate credential is awarded simultaneously with the M.A. degree. Graduates of the program are eligible for initial certification from the Bureau of Certification of the New York State Education Department.
The program adheres to the practitioner-scientist model of training, is NASP approved, and offers experiences in four areas: educational/psychological foundations, assessment, direct/indirect interventions, and consultation. Required courses are distributed to ensure preparation in each area.
The practitioner-scientist model prepares graduates to function in schools by utilizing: (a) psychological assessment to guide interventions, (b) primary and secondary psychoeducational interventions, and (c) pre-referral consultation with parents and teachers. The program combines theoretical and on-site experiences and requires three years of continuous full-time residency.