Our graduates have had a 100% job-placement rate since 2016. With significant shortages of school psychologists in Maine and across the US, the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) reports the demand continues to increase.
Comprehensive practicum & internship
Our 600-hour practicum experience and 1,500-hour pre-doctoral internship include a planned sequence of educational and training experiences to promote the hands-on development of professional-level competencies.
Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for multiple professional credentials, including certification as a School Psychologist-Doctoral (093) through the Maine DOE and national certification as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) through the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).
Through an integration of coursework, field experiences, and applied research opportunities we ensure graduates meet the practice competencies established by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the standards of the American Psychological Association (APA).
“I can honestly say that the School Psychology Program at USM has been one of the most challenging and rewarding pursuits in my life.
Through it I have found a number of organizations, projects, and professional positions to learn more about and be involved in. This has allowed me to individualize my learning and career path to specialize in what I am passionate about, all while learning the fundamentals of school-based assessment, intervention, and collaboration.”
Our core program faculty are credentialed school psychologists. Many faculty are licensed psychologists and Board Certified Behavior Analysts® and hold leadership positions for organizations such as the Maine Association of School Psychologists the Maine Psychological Association.
Supported dissertation process
You’ll receive individualized mentorship and supervision from your faculty advisor throughout the dissertation process. After a topic has been approved, you will be supported by a three-person dissertation committee.
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.
Scholarships offer financial aid that doesn’t need to be repaid. We encourage students in graduate degree programs to apply for scholarship opportunities.
Admission information: PsyD in School Psychology
|Application deadline||Fall term start|