The program is multidisciplinary and is designed to prepare graduates who are able to use their knowledge in the areas of psychology, education, and counseling to address the needs of children and adolescents in schools. Students are trained to provide comprehensive school psychological services, including psycho-educational assessment and intervention planning, consultation and problem solving, in-service education, individual and group counseling, program development and evaluation, and applied research.
Over the past 10 years, the employment rate for graduates seeking jobs as school psychologists has been 100%.
The program graduates who have applied to doctoral programs in the past three years have been accepted for admission.
If you are entering with a Bachelor’s degree (or a graduate degree in a field other than Psychology), you can expect to complete 72 credit hours within 3 years of full-time study to obtain both the Master of Arts in Psychology (MA) and the Specialist in School Psychology (SSP) degrees. The third year and final 12 credit hours comprise a full-time internship in a public school setting that is chosen by the student with guidance from the program faculty.
Occasionally, students entering with a Master’s degree in Psychology or another closely related field (e.g., Counseling), and they must complete a minimum of 42 credit hours that include one year of full-time, on-campus course work plus the required internship, leading only to the Specialist degree.
Students in both the MA/SSP and SSP-only tracks are required to complete successfully the program’s written comprehensive exams and the Praxis II School Psychologist Test, a national certification exam.
Most first-year students are offered 10-hour graduate assistantships.
Although students in our program can choose between two tracks --thesis and non-thesis--all students are engaged in research. Students in the non-thesis track complete an applied research project during the internship.
Admission to our program is competitive, as we typically admit just 8 students each fall and select them from among 40 to 50 applicants.
Appalachian State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, a regional accreditation agency.
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
The National Association of School Psychologists
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# of Credits Required: 72
In State Tuition (per year): 6557 USD
Out State Tuition (per year): 18369 USD
Classification: Master's College or University I
Locale: Distant Town