College of Arts and Sciences
MS and 6th Year Certificate - School Psychology
The School Psychology 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.
About the Program
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
The program is planned to be completed in three academic years of full-time study. The program is administratively housed within the Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences, is part of the Certification Council in the School of Education, and the program 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. In addition, you must submit scores for the General GRE (Graduate Record Exam).
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
Tuition and Financial Aid
Graduate students in the Organizational Psychology Program are charged the per-credit-hour rate. Visit our Tuition and Fees page for our current information.
Student financial assistance for graduate and professional students through the Office of Admission and Student Financial Assistance at the University of Hartford.
The School Psychology program is an integrated 69-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 30-credit planned program of study and successful performance on a comprehensive examination. 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.
At the University of Hartford, following completion of the MS Degree in School Psychology, students complete the additional 39 credits to be recommended for initial certification in school psychology, earning 6 credits for the Internship in School Psychology (the internship is conceptualized as a culminating experience). Following completion of 69 credits, the transcript reflects completion of a Specialist Program in School Psychology.
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
Comprehensive Examination: A written comprehensive examination 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. Further information may be obtained from the director of the program.
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.
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.
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.
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.