The specialization in School Psychology has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since 2000. The specialization is currently in "ACCREDITED, INACTIVE" status and is NO LONGER ACCEPTING NEW APPLICANTS.
The objective of this specialization is to develop professional psychologists who are capable of research and practice in preschools, elementary and secondary schools, mental health facilities, community agencies, and higher education. The School Psychology specialization offers an integrated Graduate Center–Queens College program that leads to the Ph.D. in Educational Psychology—Area: School Psychology. Graduates of the program receive New York State Certification in School Psychology and are eligible to sit for the New York State licensing exam in Psychology. The School Psychology specialization is accredited by the American Psychological Association and the Department of Education of the State of New York.
Students can enter the Graduate Center-Queens College School Psychology Specialization either with or without a prior certificate in school psychology. Bachelor or MA/MS-level graduates (who do not hold a certificate in school psychology and who wish to pursue a course of full-time doctoral study in the area of school psychology) will graduate with a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology - Area: School Psychology and a Certificate in School Psychology.
Individuals who have previously obtained certification as a School Psychologist and wish to pursue a course of full-time doctoral study in the area of school psychology will be given advanced standing (which recognizes students’ previous coursework in their school psychology certification program). Students admitted with advanced standing will graduate with a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology - Area: School Psychology.
All graduates of the Specialization are eligible to take the New York State licensing exam in Psychology. The School Psychology Specialization is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association and the State of New York.
Program of Study
Course work is designed to broaden the perspective of school psychologists and to provide an applied research orientation that stimulates evaluative research in educational settings. The knowledge base of the program stresses the development of assessment, intervention and consultation skills as well as a broader understanding of special populations. Expertise is acquired through course work in the areas of applied behavior analysis, psychometrics, school, family, and community relations, individual differences, multicultural concerns, instructional theory, learning theory and human development. Students complete a one-year, full-time internship in a school setting.