The M.Ed degree in School Psychology is the first phase of a graduate program designed for individuals who plan careers in school psychology. The master's is not considered to be a terminal degree and is not sufficient for certification. To meet fully the Virginia certification requirements for school psychologists, students must complete a seventy-hour preparation program that includes both the master's degree and an educational specialist degree. Preference for admission will be given to applicants who intend to pursue full-graduate study.
Three major emphases:
- training in basic concepts of theoretical psychology and philosophical foundations of education;
- clinical training in consultation, assessment, and intervention;
- effective application of skills in school settings.
School psychology is an evolving field, and the demand for school psychologists is increasing. In addition to assessment, school psychologists today counsel, consult with teachers and parents, provide in-service training to teachers and other school personnel, and conduct research. Graduates of the School Psychology Program at The College of William and Mary have the skills to work in a variety of settings, including public and private schools, mental health agencies, and hospitals. Graduates are competent in providing consultative, diagnostic, intervention, and research services, and they have the capabilities to succeed in the varied aspects of the profession. The employment rate for graduates of our School Psychology program is over 95%.
Highlights of the Program
The School Psychology Program at The College of William and Mary is accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and the Virginia Department of Education.
Our program prides itself on the comprehensive training of its students. Classes are small and often have a practicum requirement in order to focus on application of skills. The course of study is consistent with best practices and provides students with the knowledge and skills to function competently in the field. Furthermore, many classes are multidisciplinary and taken with students from the counseling and special education programs. This fosters a healthy relationship among the disciplines at a preservice level.
A formal year-long practicum is required in the Specialist degree program which enables the students to gain practical experience in the role of the school psychologist while under supervision of both professionals in the workplace and William and Mary faculty. The internship at the end of formal training can be completed either full-time in a school setting or half-time in the school setting and half-time in a non-school setting. All internships that are completed in Virginia are paid positions. More information about the school psychology internship experience can be found in the School Psychology Practicum and Internship Handbook.
The Learning Resource Center is conveniently located in the School of Education. This Center supports the particular needs of the program in School Psychology with an up-to-date variety of psychological and educational tests, video cameras, tape recorders, etc. that are used in the training and practice of school psychologists.
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