2020-21 Catalogs

MS in Educational Psychology with a Concentration in School Psychology

The Master of Science (MS) in Educational Psychology with a Concentration in School Psychology program prepares graduates for careers as professionally credentialed, specialist-level school psychologists. Specialist-level school psychologists typically deliver assessment, intervention, and consultation services within school settings to promote children’s academic, social-emotional, and behavioral success.

The program of study is designed to align with the standards for professional credentialing established by the Maine Department of Education and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). The program integrates coursework and field-based experiences to promote general knowledge in the fields of education and psychology and targeted competencies in assessment, intervention, consultation, and applied research. Students also gain competencies in data-based decision-making, collaborative problem-solving, applied behavior analysis, and ethical-legal standards.

The program of study requires a total of 84 graduate credits, which include 600 hours of practica and a culminating 1,500 hour internship. All courses are scheduled on weekdays in the late afternoon/early evening to accommodate students’ work schedules, and approximately half of the required courses may be completed using distance learning technology. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for both state and national certification as specialist-level school psychologists.

The Master of Science (MS) degree in Educational Psychology with a Concentration in School Psychology is awarded upon completion of the following 84 graduate credits. Unless indicated, all course are three credits

  • EDU 600 Research Methods and Techniques
  • HCE 605 Psychological Measurement and Evaluation
  • HCE 620 Fundamentals of Counseling Theories
  • HCE 621 Fundamentals of Counseling Skills
  • HCE 668 Human Development
  • SED 540 Learners Who are Exceptional in General Education
  • SED 682 Special Education Regulations, Procedures, and the IEP Team
  • SPY 601 Behavioral Principles of Learning        
  • SPY 602 Single Case Research Methods 
  • SPY 604 Functional Behavioral Assessment         
  • SPY 606 Principles and Procedures for Behavior Intervention      
  • SPY 607 Consultation and Collaborative Problem-Solving             
  • SPY 609 Professional Ethics in Psychology           
  • SPY 610 Systems-Level Services to Promote Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Health      
  • SPY 620 Multitiered Systems of Academic Support for General and Special Education      
  • SPY 670 Cognitive-Affective Bases of Behavior   
  • SPY 671 Physical Bases of Behavior        
  • SPY 672 Assessments and Interventions to Develop Academic Skills         
  • SPY 673 Social Foundations of Behavior
  • SPY 674 Psychopathology           
  • SPY 675 Indirect Behavioral Assessment              
  • SPY 677 Cognitive Assessment  
  • SPY 679 Diversity in the Science and Practice of Psychology        
  • SPY 693 School Psychology Practicum I 
  • SPY 694 School Psychology Practicum II
  • SPY 688 Internship in School Psychology, 9 crs

 

 

The following course sequence is recommended for students pursuing full-time study. Part-time options are also available.

Fall 2020

  • SPY 609 Professional Ethics in Psychology
  • SPY 674 Psychopathology
  • EDU 600 Research Methods and Techniques

Spring 2021

  • SPY 601 Behavioral Principles of Learning
  • SPY 620 Multitiered Systems of Academic Support for General and Special Education
  • HCE 605 Psychological Measurement and Evaluation
  • SPY 693 (1 credit) School Psychology Practicum I

Summer 2021

  • SED 540 Learners Who are Exceptional in General Education
  • SPY 675 Indirect Behavioral Assessment

Fall 2021

  • SPY 602 Single Case Research Methods
  • SPY 670 Cognitive-Affective Bases of Behavior
  • SPY 672 Assessments and Interventions to Develop Academic Skills
  • SPY 693 (1 credit) School Psychology Practicum I

Spring 2022

  • SPY 671 Physical Bases of Behavior
  • SPY 677 Cognitive Assessment
  • HCE 620 Fundamentals of Counseling Theories
  • SPY 693 (1 credit) School Psychology Practicum I

Summer 2022

  • HCE 621 Fundamentals of Counseling Skills
  • SED 682 Special Education Regulations, Procedures, and the IEP Team

Fall 2022

  • SPY 604 Functional Behavioral Assessment
  • SPY 673 Social Foundations of Behavior
  • HCE 668 Human Development
  • SPY 694 (1 credit) School Psychology Practicum II

Spring 2023

  • SPY 606 Principles and Procedures for Behavior Intervention
  • SPY 679 Diversity in the Science and Practice of Psychology
  • SPY 694 (2 credits) School Psychology Practicum II

Summer 2023

  • SPY 607 Consultation and Collaborative Problem-Solving
  • SPY 610 Systems-Level Services to Promote Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Health

Fall 2023

  • SPY 688 (3 credits) Internship in School Psychology

Spring 2024

  • SPY 688 (3 credits) Internship in School Psychology

Summer 2024

  • SPY 688 (3 credits) Internship in School Psychology