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Master of Arts in School Psychology

The Master of Arts and Certificate of Advanced Study in School Psychology (MA/CAS) program trains candidates to become competent and caring practitioners in the field of school psychology in order to assist schools in high levels of academic achievement among diverse student populations. They partner with school personnel, parents, and outside agencies to improve supports for children at the individual, classroom, and school systems level. The program offers a strong foundation in psychological theories, consultation processes, data based decision making, psycho-educational assessment, cultural competencies, prevention and intervention techniques, counseling, and practica. Candidates will be required to demonstrate a basic knowledge of research methods and program evaluation and will learn professional ethics and legislation relevant to the educational system. Candidates are expected to complete 60 semester credit hours in order to obtain the Master’s degree and the Certificate of Advanced Study.

Graduates of our program will be eligible to apply for certification in Maryland and certification at the national level based on successful completion of the National Certification Examination (i.e., The Praxis Series: Exam in School Psychology) for school psychologists.

All students will be required to demonstrate a basic knowledge of statistics and research and will learn professional ethics and legislation relevant to the educational system.  Practicum students will work directly with children and educational professionals under the guidance of a certified school psychologist.  Courses are typically offered during the evening; however, candidates should be prepared to complete field experience during the day.  Occasionally, a school psychology core course will be offered during the day or on Saturday and a limited number of courses will be offered during the summer sessions.  Candidates enter into a 1200 clock hour internship experience after completion of all coursework.  Completion of the MA/CAS sequence will enable the candidate to apply for school psychology certification in the State of Maryland.

General Admission Requirements:

  1. Completion of a B.A. or B.S. degree with a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0 (at least 15 credits in psychology or a related area).
  2. Completed Graduate Application Form with the non-refundable application fee
  3. Submission of three letters of recommendation on official letterhead with an ‘ink’ signature: Two (2) letters must be from an academic instructor; and One (1) letter from an employer/supervisor)
  4. Submission of a professional CV/Resume reflecting related work or volunteering experiences
  5. Submission of a personal statement which responds to the following:
    • Background information: Family, education and work.
    • Goals: What do you expect to be doing in five (5) years? In ten (10) years?
    • Strengths: What strengths would you bring to the program and profession?
    • Why Bowie State University? Discuss the reasons why you are pursuing graduate studies in School Psychology at Bowie State University?
  6. Successful completion of an interview (*granted to qualifying applicants)

This Program is Fully Approved by the
National Association of School Psychologists


Master of Arts and Certificate of Advanced Study in School Psychology
Program of Study

CORE COURSES
EDUC 507 Advanced Developmental Psychology
ESAS 713 Curriculum Change and Instructional Methods
PSYC 735 Dynamics of Group Behavior
SPED 520 Instructional Methods and Curriculum Planning
SPSY 501 Introduction to School Psychology
SPSY 503 School Based Consultation
SPSY 504 Psychopathology of Childhood
SPSY 505 Counseling Children in a School Setting
SPSY 507 School Assessment I
SPSY 610 School Assessment II
SPSY 509 Research Methods and Statistics
SPSY 510 Psychology of Exceptional Children
SPSY 601 Human Learning
SPSY 607 Practicum I
SPSY 608 Practicum II
SPSY 701 Psychological and Educational Interventions
SPSY 702 Seminar in Ethics and Professional Issues in School Psychology
SPSY 805 Internship
SPSY 807 Internship
**** *** Elective

SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY SEQUENCE

Year One - Fall
SPSY 501 Introduction to School Psychology*
EDUC 507 Advanced Developmental Psychology*
SPSY 507 School Assessment I*
SPSY 509 Research Methods and Statistics*
Spring
SPSY 504 Psychopathology of Childhood*
SPSY 510 Psychology of Exceptional Children*
SPSY 610 School Assessment II*
Summer
SPSY 601 Human Learning
SPSY 505 Counseling Children in a School Setting*
Year Two - Fall
SPSY 703 Cultural Proficiency in School Psychology
SPSY 503 School Based Consultation*
SPSY 607 Practicum I*
EDUC 513 Curriculum Change and Instructional Methods or SPED520 Instructional Methods and Curriculum Planning
Spring
SPSY 702 Seminar in Ethics and Professional Issues in School Psychology
SPSY 701 Psychological and Educational Interventions
PSYC 735 Dynamics of Group Behavior
SPSY 608 Practicum II
Summer
  Elective
Year Three
SPSY 805 Internship
SPSY 807 Internship

* Identifies the courses needed to complete Master of Arts (MA) degree. CAS is obtained upon successful completion of the MA, the other courses listed above and a 1200 clock hour internship

IMPORTANT LINKS

National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

American Psychological Association (Division 16) (APA)

Association of Black Psychologists

National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI)

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

National Association for Multicultural Education

Maryland School Psychologists' Association (MSPA)