Educational Psychology — School Psychology Concentration (Blended)

Program Type
Master’s Program
Degree
Master of Science (MS)
Mode of Study
Blended

Tuition & fees

Costs include tuition & fees. See cost details

Credit hours

67 required credit hours. Most courses are equal to 3 credit hours. Browse course list

Financial aid

Over 150 graduate assistantships available with stipend & tuition assistance, plus scholarship, fellowship & research opportunities. Explore aid

Admissions

No GRE required. Apply by December 1 for fall term. View application process & deadlines

Program highlights

  • Gain comprehensive training to become a school psychologist in PK-12 schools: We emphasize a collaborative, culturally responsive, data-based problem solving approach to behavioral school psychology.
  • Benefit from diverse field experience: Complete 400 hours of practicum and a 1200-hour internship in PK-12 schools.
  • Qualify for state & national credentialing: Apply through the Maine Department of Education (DOE) and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).
  • Earn your degree on your terms: Complete the program in as few as 3 years or study part-time.
  • Take advantage of a flexible schedule: Our blended program includes a mix of in-person and online courses, with live classes held on weekday evenings.
  • Save time: Transfer up to 30 credits from prior graduate coursework.
  • Meet the nationwide demand for school psychologists: We offer the only school psychology training program in the state and our graduates have a 100% job placement rate.
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Two possible certifications

Graduates are eligible to apply for certification as a School Psychologist–Specialist (093) through the Maine DOE and as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) through the National Association of School Psychologists.

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Program requirements

We integrate coursework, field experiences, and applied research opportunities to ensure graduates meet the practice competencies established by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

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Engaged and dedicated faculty

All faculty are credentialed school psychologists, and many are dually credentialed as Board Certified Behavior Analysts® (BCBAs®). All students receive individualized mentoring from full-time faculty.

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Experiential learning

Gain hands-on experience through two practicums and an internship under the supervision of a credentialed school psychologist. Complete a broad range of psychological services for school psychology practice, plus train in assessment, intervention, and consultation for entry-level professional practice.

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A supportive & collaborative culture

You’ll work one-on-one with a faculty advisor who assists with developing an individualized plan of study and provides mentorship. Faculty also facilitate practicum and internship field-placements that meet your unique professional development needs.

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Graduate student support

Our Office of Graduate Studies connects you with opportunities for professional development, scholarships, and graduate assistantships. They also foster our graduate student community through Peer Mentorship and the Graduate Student Board.

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Maine School Psychology CAREs project scholar

During your studies, you can apply to participate in a grant-funded project offering full tuition support and specialized training in culturally responsive rural school psychology practice. Selected participants will complete fieldwork and commit to employment in a rural, high-needs school in Maine.

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Career opportunities

There are significant shortages of school psychologists in Maine and across the country. 100% of our program graduates are employed in the field, primarily in PK-12 schools.

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Scholarship opportunities

Scholarships offer financial aid that doesn’t need to be repaid. We encourage students in graduate degree programs to apply for scholarship opportunities.

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Connect with us

Our monthly Graduate Information Sessions are an excellent way to learn more about the benefits of our program, as well as our admissions and financial process.

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Low-residency program option

Are you a current educator in Maine? We are offering a one-time cohort with a low-residency mode of study, designed to meet the statewide demand for school psychologists.

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Admission information: MS in Educational Psychology — School Psychology Concentration (Blended)

The information below is for our Blended mode of study. See admission information for the one-time low-residency cohort.

Application deadlines

Application deadlineFall term start
FinalDecember 1

Applicants to the MS in Educational Psychology with a Concentration in School Psychology program must meet the minimum requirements below:

  • An earned bachelor’s or graduate degree from an institution of higher learning accredited by a regional or national accrediting body, and
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) in a baccalaureate degree program or 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in a graduate degree program.
    • Applicants who do not meet minimum GPA eligibility requirements may submit a letter requesting special consideration. The letter should provide evidence of their ability to complete graduate studies successfully. Without such a letter, applicants who do not meet minimum GPA eligibility requirements may be denied automatically. Exceptions to this policy will be considered on a case-by-case basis and are at the discretion of the program.

Applicants who meet minimum eligibility requirements are not guaranteed admission to the program.

Applicants are required to provide the following materials:

General requirements

  • Application: Online application
  • Application fee:
    • In-state, out-of-state, and Canadian applicants: Free to apply
    • International applicants: Submit US $50 fee to apply
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, excluding the seven campuses of the University of Maine System (UMS transcripts are accessible to USM). A transcript is official when sent directly from the institution.
  • Resume: Submit a resume or CV that outlines professional, volunteer, and community experience.
  • Students whose first language is not English may be required to take one of the following: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Pearson Test of English (PTE) or Duolingo. Applicants must submit official scores as part of the application process. See additional information regarding test scores and requirements.

Additional requirements

  • Resume: Submit a resume or CV that highlights the following:
    • Academic history, including any degree(s) in progress or earned, specialized training, and honors or accomplishment.
    • Professional experience, including relevant employment, volunteer, and practicum/internship experiences and accomplishments.
    • Other relevant experiences, such as involvement in research and student, professional, or community organizations.
    • Other relevant qualifications or accomplishments, such as professional credentials, professional presentations or publications, and awards.
  • Essay: Submit a personal statement that addresses the following:
    • Why are you interested in pursuing training in school psychology?
    • What are your primary professional interests and career goals?
    • Why are you interested in the school psychology program at the University of Southern Maine, and how would this program help you achieve your career goals?
  • Letters of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant’s ability to succeed in graduate school and a career in school psychology. Only professional letters of recommendation will be accepted. Letters from professors, professionals in the field of school psychology, and/or supervisors from employment/internship settings are recommended. Letters from family members and friends will not be accepted.
  • Interview. Applicants who meet the minimum requirements may be selected to participate in a formal on-campus interview with program faculty.

Additional Considerations

The Department of Educational and School Psychology conducts a holistic review process that evaluates applicants through a variety of methods. Balanced consideration will be given to applicants’ academic record, professional experiences, interpersonal strengths, and commitment to school psychology as evidenced by transcripts, resumes, essays, professional recommendations, and interviews. We screen applications for evidence of academic and professional readiness, interpersonal excellence, and commitment to the profession of school psychology in December and then invite highly qualified candidates to participate in admissions interviews in January. Applicants may expect admissions decisions by the end of February.

We strongly encourage applicants to consider the admissions selection criteria below when preparing their application materials. These criteria reflect the experiences, skills, and commitments that we consider important for success in graduate school and the profession of school psychology. We apply these criteria flexibly and consider applicants holistically, as we are committed to an equitable and inclusive admissions process and the preparation of school psychologists who represent the rich diversity of the school-age population.

Academic Readiness:

  • Strong GPA, with consideration given to progress over a program of study, performance in psychology and education courses, and letters attesting to preparedness for graduate-level training when GPA falls below minimum requirements.
  • Effective written communication skills.
  • Experience with scholarly or research projects (e.g., successful completion of an academic thesis or other major academic/research/professional project).
  • Specialized training, skills, and credentials (e.g., multilingualism, data literacy, or certifications).

Professional Readiness:

  • Familiarity with the profession and practice of school psychology.
  • Experience volunteering or working in schools or with the school-age population.
  • Leadership and/or community service experience.
  • Goal-oriented with demonstrated perseverance.
  • Effective planning and organization skills.
  • Demonstrates initiative and self-direction.

Interpersonal Readiness:

  • Demonstrates cultural humility.
  • Effective and flexible collaboration and communication skills.
  • Open to new learning and diverse perspectives.
  • Values, accepts, and integrates feedback for personal and professional growth.

Commitment to the Mission of the Program and Profession


Professional Licensure and Certification Notice

Students who are pursuing degrees leading to application for professional licensure or certification, and/or who will be participating in clinical placements, practica, or internships through their USM program should be aware that their host facility may require a criminal background check, finger printing, and/or drug screening. In such situations, each student is responsible for obtaining and paying for the background check or other screening process and for delivering required documentation to the facility. Although the University will make reasonable efforts to place admitted students in field experiences and internships, it will be up to the host facility to determine whether a student will be allowed to work at that facility. Students should further be aware that a criminal record may jeopardize licensure or certification by the state or national credentialing body. Students may consult the certification body corresponding to their intended occupation for more details. Successful completion of a program of study at USM does not guarantee licensure, certification, or employment in the relevant occupation.

Students who are pursuing degrees leading to application for professional licensure or certification also should be aware that credentialing requirements vary state-to-state. Students may contact their state department of education certification office and/or state licensing boards to determine whether or not their USM program meets credentialing requirements for professional practice in their prospective states of employment. Successful completion of a program of study at USM does not guarantee licensure, certification, or employment in the relevant occupation.

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