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Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Psychology, MSEd


In the M.S. Ed School Psychology program, students are trained to provide psychoeducational services in the school setting, designing and implementing school research and evaluation projects, and providing assistance to students, teachers, other education professionals, and parents. Graduates typically provide assessment, consultation, and intervention services in school settings.

Curriculum balances basic science and foundational psychology with skill-acquiring experiences, including practicum requirements at the McShane Center for Psychological Services on the downtown campus. In addition, there is a practicum in a metropolitan area school district, as well as 1,200 clock hours of a school psychology internship.

Bilingual School Psychology (78 credits) students receive additional course work and integrated training from Psychology and Speech and Language faculty in the theory and practice of bilingual/multicultural education, methods of providing services in a child's native language, and bilingual language development and disorders.

Prerequisites: Bachelor’s degree; background preparation in abnormal psychology, developmental psychology, experimental psychology, general psychology, learning, personality theory, and statistics; as well as demonstrated competencies in educational problems and principles, curriculum development or methods of teaching. Students must have all the psychology prerequisite preparation before entering the program; students may complete the two education program prerequisites after admission.

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Master of Science in Education: School Psychology
The 69-credit hour Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) program in School Psychology trains students to provide psychoeducational services in the school setting. Students receive course and field work in assessment, consultation, and intervention. Students are trained to provide assessment and diagnostic services for individual children and adolescents, design and implement school research and evaluation projects, and offer assistance to students, teachers, other educational professionals, and parents.

Students in this program receive psychological service training in a variety of university and field settings. Course work is offered in psychological foundation areas, as well as in the professional practice of psychology. Course work is taken on Pace University’s New York City campus in lower Manhattan; practicum work occurs on campus in the Thomas J. McShane Center for Psychological Services, as well as in school districts throughout the New York metropolitan area. Field work begins with experiential activities and extends to formal training opportunities in the McShane Center and metropolitan area school districts. (A listing of many participating school districts is found in this catalog.) The M.S.Ed. includes a final school psychology internship, typically in a school district in the New York City metropolitan area.

Program Prerequisites
Students must have background preparation in abnormal psychology, developmental psychology, experimental psychology, general psychology, learning, personality theory, and statistics. In addition, students must have courses or show competencies in principles and problems in education and curriculum development or methods of teaching and instructing. Students must have all psychology pre-requisite preparation before entering the program; students may complete the two education program prerequisites after admission.

Curriculum – Master’s Program
The master’s degree program in school psychology coincides with much of the first three years of study in the Psy.D. in School-Clinical Child Psychology program. Candidates must fulfill the residency requirements of 30 credits at Pace University, including at least one year of full time study.

Conferral of the M.S.Ed. in School Psychology
Students who successfully complete all of the requirements for the master’s program in school psychology and pass the Proficiency Exam will receive the M.S.Ed. in School Psychology degree from Pace University and be recommended to New York State for Certification in School Psychology. Upon completion of the master’s program, students may apply to the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) School-Clinical Child Psychology program. Completion of the M.S. Ed. program requires a minimum of 1200 clock hours of supervised field work approved by the Director of Field Training; at least 600-clock-hours must be completed in a school setting.

M.S.Ed. in School Psychology Degree Requirements
69 Credits

FIRST YEAR (FALL)

Credits
PSY 501
Introduction to School- Clinical Child Psychology I
0
PSY 509 Practicum A, B, C, or D
0
PSY 704 Advanced Developmental Psychology
3
PSY 717 The Psychology of Learning: Theory & Applications
3
PSY 721 Tests and Measurements
3
PSY 725 Advanced Personality Theories
3

Total
12

FIRST YEAR (SPRING)

Credits
PSY 502
Introduction to School-Clinical Child Psychology II
0
PSY 509 Practicum A, B, C, or D
0
PSY 703 Psychological Assessment I
4
PSY 710 Psychopathology in Childhood and Adolescence
3
PSY 722 Counseling Theory and Cognitive- Behavioral
3
Intervention Techniques
PSY 727 Learning Disabilities-Diagnosis and Remediation:
3
Theory and Practice

Total
13
At the end of the first year, students are required to take a Qualifying Examination which must be passed in order to proceed to the second year of study. Students are allowed to take the Qualifying Examination a maximum of two times.

SECOND YEAR (FALL)

Credits
PSY 509
Practicum A, B, C, or D
0
EDU 701 The School: Field Experience and Seminar
3
PSY 707 Psychological Assessment II
4
PSY 715 Statistics and Research Design I
4
PSY 737 Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
3

Total
14

SECOND YEAR (SPRING)

Credits
PSY 509 Practicum A, B, C, or D
0
EDU 702 The Exceptional Child: Field Experience & Seminar
3
PSY 712 Neuropsychology
3
PSY 713 Psychological Assessment III
4
PSY 723 Advanced Social Psychology
3

Total
13
At the end of the second year, upon completion of at least 42 graduate credit hours in the program, students are eligible for the New York State School Psychology Internship Certificate.

SECOND YEAR (SUMMER)

Credits
PSY 720
Integrating Seminar
3

Total
3

THIRD YEAR (FALL)

Credits
PSY 509
Practicum A, B, C, or D
0
PSY 734 Consultation
3
PSY 759 Early Childhood and Infant Assessment
3
PSY 750 School Psychology I: Internship, Ethics & Seminar
4

Total
10

THIRD YEAR (SPRING)

Credits
PSY 509 Practicum A, B, C, or D
0
PSY 751 School Psychology II: Internship, Ethics & Seminar
4

Total
4
All M.S. Ed. students are required to complete a 1,200-clock hour school psychology internship. A minimum of 600 clock hours must be completed in a school setting with a minimum of two full days per week over 20 weeks per semester.

The MSEd program has the school psychology internship as its final culminating experience. To enhance this experience, students enroll in PSY 734 (Consultation) and PSY 759 (Early childhood and Infant Assessment) early in their internship (fall). These courses facilitate integration of prior learning and broaden the final internship field experience.

Note: Candidates who want New Jersey school psychology certification should consult the Program Director.

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