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School Psychology

Master of Education (M.Ed.)

The M.Ed degree in School Psychology is the first phase of the 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 fully meet 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:
  1. Training in basic concepts of theoretical psychology and philosophical foundations of education;
  2. Clinical training in consultation, assessment, and intervention;
  3. 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. 

Curriculum See the M.Ed. School Psychology Program of Studies for more details. 


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.

School Psychology Handbook [pdf]

School Psychology Program Contact

[[lparris,Leandra Parris]]
Assistant Professor of School Psychology
(757) 221-2341